Michigan: Todd Bodine preview

Bodine Taking New Copart Tundra to Michigan... A Track Where He's Never Finished Outside Top 10 June 9, 2009 (Mooresville, N.C.) - If Todd Bodine believed that past performance guaranteed future results, he'd go to Michigan International ...

Bodine Taking New Copart Tundra to Michigan...
A Track Where He's Never Finished Outside Top 10

June 9, 2009 (Mooresville, N.C.) - If Todd Bodine believed that past performance guaranteed future results, he'd go to Michigan International Speedway and hang out in the infield with the campers while all the other competitors worked to fine tune their trucks. Instead, Bodine, who has four top-ten finishes in four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Michigan along with two wins in NASCAR's number two series at MIS, will work tirelessly with the No. 30 Tundra crew of Germain Racing to make sure the freshly redesigned No. 30 Copart Tundra is as good as it can be for Saturday's Michigan 200.

"We should've won the Michigan race last year. We're taking a great Copart Tundra to Michigan. It's the same truck we ran there last June, so we have a good shot at getting that win this year," said Bodine, who led 39 laps in last year's Truck Series race at Michigan en route to a fourth place finish.

Bodine doesn't count on momentum to equal consecutive on-track performances, but he hopes the team's six consecutive seasons of winning efforts will help convince a company that the great exposure from of a competitive Truck Series team is what's needed in their marketing plan.

"What's hard to believe is that we're going to Michigan, a great track for our team, coming off of a huge win at Texas, and next week, the No. 30 Tundra has no sponsor. Our relationship with Copart has truly been great. They are an excellent company with great people but we only have three races remaining with them this year-- Michigan, Memphis and Kentucky. Unfortunately, that means our hood is empty at Milwaukee."

On the lines of competitive momentum from the dominating win at Texas, crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. said the Texas win isn't as important to the success of Germain Racing as the team's regular, every day work attitude.

"A lot of folks talk about riding momentum off of a win, but this team doesn't need momentum. We work hard each week--whether we're going to a great track for us, like Michigan, or one where we've not achieved the results we've wanted," said Hillman. "We're going to Michigan to put the Copart Tundra in the winner's circle. If we can't, then we'll focus on a good points day and acquiring a sponsor for the remainder of our season."

Notes and Quotes on Michigan

Bodine holds two top-five and four top-ten finishes in Trucks at MIS. His worst Truck Series finish at MIS came in 2005, when he finished ninth while driving a Tundra for a different race team.

Copart Tundra pit crew now features Scott Plattenberger as the front tire changer. Leading in to race day, Plattenberger works as a mechanic on the Copart Tundra.

Chassis TRD--122 was chosen for Michigan. It last raced at Phoenix in 2008 and collected the pole at Nashville last August. TRD-122 has served as the 'back-up' truck this season. It was the truck Bodine drove to a fourth-place finish at MIS in 2008.

Bodine led 94 laps at Michigan as part of his two race wins in NNS. He collected three top five and six top-ten finishes in nine NNS starts there.

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

Last year, you pitted late in the race, came back from 14th to finish 4th in the closing laps at Michigan...

"We should've won Michigan last year. We're taking the same truck we ran here last year, which is a great truck, so we know we have a good shot at getting it done this year. We just had a great time in Victory Lane with Copart at Texas, so I wouldn't mind doing it again this weekend."

The points battle has gotten very tight. You are fourth, but only 66 points behind the leader. What does this do to your race strategy at MIS?

"If we do what we did last week at Texas, then the points take care of themselves."

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

Talk about the 'momentum factor'?

"A lot of folks talk about riding momentum off of a win, but this team doesn't need momentum. We work hard each week. We're only 66 points out of the lead. We're taking our best Copart Tundra to Michigan to win the race. If we can't win, then we're going to work to have a good points day."

-credit: gr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine
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