Earlier this month, NASCAR disallowed an intake manifold that Toyota had been running all season in its trucks and Busch cars (Toyota uses the same engine in each) after chassis dynamometer tests revealed the manufacturer had a “significant” horsepower advantage with the part, according to Craftsman Truck Series director Wayne Auton.
“We need to make sure everybody has the same opportunity,” Auton said. “If we see somebody that has an advantage over the rest of the garage to where it’s hindering competition, we’ll react to it.”
Mike Skinner, the face of Toyota dominance right now with three consecutive wins and the points lead in his manufacturer-sponsored Tundra for Bill Davis Racing, compared the current situation to early 2004 when he drove a Tundra that wasn’t yet dominant.
At Atlanta that year he appeared to have a win in the bag until a late caution forced a green-white-checkered finish, which he lost to Bobby Hamilton. Chassis dyno tests after that race showed Hamilton’s Dodge to be far superior in horsepower, according to Skinner.
“[NASCAR said] ‘Go to work boys, go to work,’” Skinner said. “All the guys at TRD did. They submitted an intake that falls under all the parameters. Now we win four races in Tundras and they’re going to take horsepower away from us? What happened to looking at other manufacturers and saying, ‘Go to work’?
“It’s the wrong way to do it. What are they gonna do next? If you get more than three poles, you’ve got to start from the back?”