Memphis: Todd Bodine preview

Bodine Ready for Memphis Rematch in the No. 30 Copart Tundra June 22, 2009 (Mooresville, N.C.) - Memphis Motorsports Park last year presented a challenge to driver Todd Bodine and the No. 30 Copart Tundra team. Bodine was locked in a short-track...

Bodine Ready for Memphis Rematch in the No. 30 Copart Tundra

June 22, 2009 (Mooresville, N.C.) - Memphis Motorsports Park last year presented a challenge to driver Todd Bodine and the No. 30 Copart Tundra team. Bodine was locked in a short-track spin cycle that put his top-ten truck in position for a 14th-place finish. NASCAR's Loop Data statistics showed Bodine made more than 60 passes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. He returns to Memphis for the MemphisTravel.com 200 with the same chassis that just finished fourth at Milwaukee and hopes to make up ground in the Copart Challenge of Champions while showing Memphis fans some of the short-track racing skills he has displayed for them in the past.

"We left Milwaukee a few points behind in the Copart Challenge of Champions. We need to do better this week in Memphis," said Bodine, the 2006 Truck Series champion who is in the Truck Series championship battle with points leader Ron Hornaday Jr., as well as a sponsorship challenge which has the two drivers racing against one another for six races.

Todd Bodine led 108 of 250 laps at Memphis in his first race there (1999, NNS). In the Truck Series, he's missed only one lap of competition after four races there, but hasn't had the results he and the No. 30 Copart Tundra crew are capable of getting.

"Memphis is such a challenging track because each end of the race track is so different. Turns one and two are a long, sweeping, momentum corner, then for three and four you've got to really slow down because it's so sharp in the middle (of the corner)," said Bodine. "When we work on the Copart Tundra setup, it's almost like Junior and I have to compromise on the setup of the truck and as a driver, I have to make up the difference between the setup and what the truck needs at each end of the track."

Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. is returning to Memphis with the same Tundra that just raced at Milwaukee and could have been a top-ten contender last year at Memphis.

"We just had a strong performance at Milwaukee with good pit stops and a decent truck. We finished fourth with this chassis, but we feel like it has more to offer. Running second, third, finishing fourth is good for many teams, but for us, it's about being able to win. Last week we were strong, but at Memphis, we want the Copart Tundra to be the truck to beat," said Hillman Jr.

Notes and Quotes on Memphis

Copart joined Germain Racing as a primary sponsor for six Truck Series races. The schedule has been increased to eight races. Milwaukee and Talladega were added as part of the Copart Challenge of Champions. Vote for Bodine now at Copart.com.

Bodine has made six NASCAR career starts at Memphis. He has run two NNS races with a best finish of 4th and a best start of 5th (twice). He has raced 4 Truck Series events with a best finish of 8th and a best start of 8th.

Chassis TRD--106 was chosen for Memphis. The truck was last raced at Milwaukee where it finished 4th. In 2008, the truck raced at three short tracks: Milwaukee, Memphis and Bristol. Before serving on the short tracks, the truck made it's debut in service at California, in February of 2008, then raced Atlanta and Lowe's.

Germain Racing has won two or more races each year in the Truck Series since its first race in 2004. The team has 18 wins, six pole awards and one Truck Series championship.

Todd Bodine, Driver, No. 30 Copart Tundra

On the Challenge of Memphis

"Memphis is such a challenging track because each end of the race track is so different. Turns one and two are a long, sweeping, momentum corner, then for three and four you've got to really slow down because it's so sharp in the middle (of the corner). When we work on the Copart Tundra setup, it's almost like Junior and I have to compromise on the setup of the truck and as a driver, I have to make up the difference between the setup and what the truck needs at each end of the track."

Mike Hillman Jr., Crew Chief, No. 30 Copart Tundra

Copart Crew Ready for Return to Memphis

"Last year, our night was filled with errors at Memphis. We came into the race with heavy hearts, knowing that Bob Germain Sr. had just passed away. We left Memphis happy to finish on the lead lap after the many things we had overcome in the 200 lap race. We could've been a top-ten truck last year, but we are coming back to Memphis looking for more."

-credit: gr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , Ron Hornaday Jr.
Teams Germain Racing