Martinsville II: Todd Bodine preview

DRIVER TODD BODINE Martinsville marks your 200th-career start. Can you believe it? "No, not really. I reached a similar mark in Kansas with my Busch stats and to be honest, I don't keep track of this type of accomplishment. Thinking about...

DRIVER TODD BODINE

Martinsville marks your 200th-career start. Can you believe it?

"No, not really. I reached a similar mark in Kansas with my Busch stats and to be honest, I don't keep track of this type of accomplishment. Thinking about it though, I've actually got mixed emotions. Certainly, I would have hoped to have a Winston Cup win under my belt by now. At the same time, I realize I am very fortunate to be racing in NASCAR'S top series. The way I am looking at this now is career start 200 could very well lead to my first Cup victory. I will certainly be shooting for it this weekend. We're bringing the car we raced at the second Richmond event. It practiced, qualified and raced well so I feel really confident about our chances going into this race."

Your car will have a different look this weekend. Why?

"Yes and we are very excited. Our advertiser, The National Guard is once again joining forces with Subway Restaurants. Subway was on our quarter panels for Watkins Glen but this weekend, you can't miss them. Subway will have the primary spots on the car maximizing its presence during the Martinsville Subway 500 weekend. Instead of our usual car 54 flag theme, we'll be sporting yellow, green and blue colors. We'll still have the continued support of the 350,000 Guard members but we'll also bring along with us, fans of America's healthiest fast food chain."

What will it take to get your first Winston Cup victory at a track like Martinsville?

"Everything is needed to run well at this place. The car has to handle well through the corners. Being that it's only a half-mile, brakes will become an issue if you are lacking in the handling department. You can't afford to use up the brakes because 500 laps is a long way to go when the car isn't handling the way you want it. We can't be short on horsepower either. You need it to pull you through the straightaways."

Team Preparation Martinsville Speedway

Car: Chassis No. 16 (Ran at Richmond Race 2) Wind Tunnel: Yes Tested: No

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Todd Bodine