Talladega: Todd Bodine preview

From The No. 54 National Guard Cockpit: Driver Todd Bodine DO YOU ENJOY RESTRICTOR-PLATE RACING? "Yes, I do especially when I can get to the front as fast as I can. I look at Talladega as being one big percentage game. It gives you choices.

From The No. 54 National Guard Cockpit: Driver Todd Bodine

DO YOU ENJOY RESTRICTOR-PLATE RACING?

"Yes, I do especially when I can get to the front as fast as I can. I look at Talladega as being one big percentage game. It gives you choices. You would think sitting back for the first 100 laps and being calculative would be a better strategy but for me, I see it as a good chance at getting caught up in the infamous, "big one" or something strange just happens. I find the best strategy for me is to get to the front."

WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO DESCRIBE THIS TYPE OF RACING?

"I always describe racing at Talladega and Daytona for that matter, as being a high speed chess game. It really is. It requires you to be so calculating. You've got to be on top of your mental game because you are always thinking. There are some people who believe restrictor-plate racing is all car and horsepower. All the driver does is mash the pedal down. I totally disagree. I find racing at Talladega to be mentally draining. During the race I am constantly taking mental notes. I have to keep track of who I draft well with and what's been the best line to run ... the high groove or low. Plus, you need to able to anticipate what's about to happen in front of you. When this race is over I am pretty wiped out."

-bcr-

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Todd Bodine