TODD BODINE, No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing Finished: 2nd There were reports your engine was sputtering. Did you have any problems? "The last half of the race it (engine) didn't do it, but it did it really bad there...
No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
There were reports your engine was sputtering. Did you have any problems?
"The last half of the race it (engine) didn't do it, but it did it really bad there one time. It kind of worried me, but it didn't do it after that. I was keeping it cleaned out really good on the restarts and on the cautions and trying to keep it cleaned out. This Toyota power plant ran good. The Toyota Tundra was awesome. The Lumber Liquidators crew did a great job. We've struggled the last month-and-a-half, running really well and getting caught up in wrecks, and just dumb things happening. Last week, we got third in Nashville and we got second tonight. So, hopefully we got this Germain race team turned around and going in the right direction again."
Could you have caught Kyle Busch?
"No. His truck would roll in the center and that's where he would beat me. We had that problem in practice. Unfortunately, it was still there in the race -- we didn't get it fixed. I could run with him everywhere except through the middle. At Bristol, that's
what you have to do -- you have to roll through the middle good."
Did you have to worry about Scott Speed? "Scott (Speed) was good. I think Scott (Speed) actually had a little better truck than us, but when you're that close in speed it's hard to pass. He did a great job and Johnny (Benson) did also coming back with those tires."
Why did you have 'Beautiful' written above your race truck's door?
"I really wanted to win this race for 'Big Guy' (Steve Helwig). If you met 'Big Guy' he was your best friend. That's just the kind of person he was. We got a big hole in our hearts right now. I wanted to win this for him. I got 'Beautiful' up here on the truck -- that's 'Big Guy's' saying -- that's what he's known for. We tried to get a beautiful win for him but just didn't get it,"
No. 22 Red Bull Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing
What's your first impression of racing at Bristol?
"It was cool. The racing was a lot more difficult than driving in qualifying. It was great. Honestly, definitely one of the more fun tracks -- like Michigan, where you can really run two-wide, there are two grooves here. For short track stuff -- this is easily my favorite."
Have you every seen this race track before?
"I've seen it (Bristol) on TV. Being here is a lot different when you take the car on the track in person. The banking is more aggressive in person. It's just two corners though. They give me a good truck -- like they always do -- then we normally run in the front."
Did you have anything for Todd Bodine late in the race?
"We were fast. I saved a lot in the middle knowing we had to be good in the end. Honestly, at the end, I think we had the best truck out there. We saved our right front really well, but with all the green-white-checkers and everything -- and me and Johnny (Benson) getting together really bad -- we missed our opportunity to attack."
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