Daytona: Todd Bodine preview

Germain Racing Going for Four Straight on Superspeedways and Sponsorship, Too; No. 30 Toyota Tundra, Driver: Todd Bodine Mooresville, N.C. (02-09-2009) Defending Daytona race winner Todd Bodine is very confident in his Germain Racing crew...

Germain Racing Going for Four Straight on Superspeedways and Sponsorship, Too; No. 30 Toyota Tundra, Driver: Todd Bodine

Mooresville, N.C. (02-09-2009) Defending Daytona race winner Todd Bodine is very confident in his Germain Racing crew heading into this year's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season opener. With three straight superspeedway wins and a victory in the 2008 season finale, Germain Racing's No. 30 Tundra team has as much momentum as a team can have. What they lack, is a full-time sponsor, and they hope a strong performance again at Daytona can pull some marketing partners into the mix.

"As a team, we do all the technical things right, but we still have to have luck. If we do it right like we've been doing, and we're lucky enough, then we can continue to win at tracks like Daytona and Talladega. In order to be in a position to win, we have to have a good truck and we are confident that we have a great No. 30 Tundra prepared for Daytona," said Bodine, the defending Daytona race winner whose worst Truck Series finish at the famous track was fifth in 2007.

Preparing a race truck for a team with or without sponsorship is no different, according to crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. What is different is preparing a truck for Daytona, in general.

"As a crew chief, there is pressure because of our three-straight superspeedway wins. But, the hardest part about preparing a race truck for Daytona is that once the race goes green, there's very little you can do for your truck or your driver from the pit box. Fate pretty much takes over and you get what you get," said Hillman Jr.

A critical element to Daytona success is handling, which is distinctly different than her sister track Talladega.

"We are thankful that it worked out that we get extra practice time at Daytona because getting the No. 30 Tundra to handle perfectly is essential to winning at Daytona. You get it right for race time, then it's up to your driver and the other 35 that are out there with him to decide what happens," said Hillman Jr.

A repeat victory at Daytona would be no less sweet than last year when the team captured its first win at the famous Florida superspeedway.

"It would mean just as much...because Daytona...to get to win two in a row at Daytona or anywhere is quite a feat, but to get two in a row at Daytona, it's like two Super Bowls in a row. It would be very special," said Bodine, who is the 2006 Truck Series champion and starts 2009 with 15 career victories and 4 pole awards.

Driver Todd Bodine admits the race track is unique, but he and crew chief Hillman Jr. say there's more to Daytona than a unique racing surface.

"Well, it's the atmosphere of Daytona. It's the first race of the season, it's the Super Bowl and all that goes with it. There's the history of the track -- everything," said Bodine.

"Daytona has always been special. I've been going to Daytona since I was a kid and every time you go through the tunnel for the first time, it give you chills. It makes the hair stand up on your arms. There's nothing like it," said Hillman Jr.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine
Teams Germain Racing