Iowa: Todd Bodine preview

Bodine Will Race the No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Tundra in the Truck Series Debut at Iowa Speedway September 4, 2009 (Mooresville, N.C.) - Iowa Speedway is the second new track added to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule for the 2009...

Bodine Will Race the No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Tundra in the Truck Series Debut at Iowa Speedway

September 4, 2009 (Mooresville, N.C.) - Iowa Speedway is the second new track added to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule for the 2009 season. The Iowa Truck Series debut, then, marks the second time the "playing field" is completely leveled among the NCWTS competitors. If racing last week in the NCWTS debut at Chicagoland is any indication, then driver Todd Bodine's prediction that veteran teams can excel at new tracks should hold true on Saturday night in Iowa. Bodine will be back in the familiar Lumber Liquidators branding at Iowa. He and the Germain Racing No. 30 crew will be looking to back up their great run last week in Joliet.

"Really going to a new track makes it a much more level playing field for the guys that haven't done it much because we all have to learn the track, we all have to find the setup. The difference is...having experience may allow us to find a good setup with our No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Tundra a lot faster. Hopefully my experience will help us get to that place even faster," said Bodine, who led 39 laps last week in the Truck Series debut at Chicagoland before finishing second.

Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. said Germain Racing's notes from the team's No. 15 Camry's trip to Iowa in the August Nationwide Series race should give the No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Tundra team some helpful information.

"I think the notes from our No. 15 Toyota Camry team will help us some, to see what their car went through during the race weekend," said Hillman. "We used Iowa to test for Richmond and places like that a couple years ago. The track has gotten a lot rougher, and we're going to put a basic one-mile package in our truck -- something we'd run at a Richmond or Phoenix, and we will use the extra practice time NASCAR is giving us there to work on the No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Tundra."

Hillman and Bodine can't wait to see how many Iowa race fans turn out to cheer for the Truck Series competitors.

"I think the coolest thing about the Nationwide Series race was seeing how many fans were there. To go to a new venue and see that kind of support from the fans is great and I can't wait to see those fans in the stands again for the greatest racing in NASCAR in the Truck Series," said Hillman

Bodine said, "Iowa Speedway had a great fan turnout for the Nationwide Series race so we're looking forward to seeing the fans out again to cheer for the Lumber Liquidators Tundra in the Truck Series race."

-credit: gr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine
Teams Germain Racing