Todd Bodine starts 36th and finishes third in the Toyota Tundra 200 Nashville, TN ( August 15, 2005)-Todd Bodine, behind the wheel of his No. 30 Allman Brothers Band Tundra, battled from the 36th starting spot to score a third place finish in ...
Todd Bodine starts 36th and finishes third in the Toyota Tundra 200
Nashville, TN ( August 15, 2005)-Todd Bodine, behind the wheel of his No. 30 Allman Brothers Band Tundra, battled from the 36th starting spot to score a third place finish in Saturday's running of the Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. It was Bodine's third top-five finish in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competition since rejoining the team this season at Milwaukee in June.
Bodine ran solidly in the top-five the last 50 laps of the 150-lap/200-mile race and was in the thick of a five truck battle for the win at the late stages of the race. With just two laps remaining in the event, race leader Mike Skinner and second place truck David Reutimann were battling hard as they had all race long. Skinner went hard into turn three and slipped up the track opening the door for Reutimann to make his move for the lead. Bodine was quick to see the opportunity followed second place finisher Ted Musgrave to move from fourth to third, just ahead of Skinner.
"Both Ted (Musgrave) and I knew what was going to happen with Mike (Skinner) once he tapped the wall", Bodine said. "Reutimann made an opening so Ted (Musgrave) and I used it. I hate it for Skinner he had a great truck - but David's (Reutimann) a good kid and I'm really happy for him. We over adjusted the truck. It was just a little too loose -- Overall it was a good night for Germain Racing. Third place - top-5 finish -- we'll take it."
Bodine struggled with carburetor problems during Friday's practice sessions. The issues continued to plague the team in qualifying so Mike Hillman, Jr. led the Germain Racing team in making the necessary repairs to the truck giving up their starting position and moving them to the rear of the field prior to the start of the race.
"We knew we needed to fix the truck before the race," Todd Bodine commented. "It was either make the changes to the truck and start in the back or be in the back after about 20 laps. We changed everything on the truck -- the carburetor, the battery, the wiring and it definitely helped tremendously. I have to thank Mike Hillman Jr., my crew chief -- he made the right calls on the changes."
Bodine took the lead on lap 112 when then leader Reutimann pitted under green flag. Caution came out just two laps later. During the round of pit stops other teams took only two tires while the Germain Racing team opted for four tires placing Bodine in the seventh position on the restart. Shortly after the green flag racing resumed, Bodine complained of a vibration and a loose race truck but managed to hold on to a top-five position for the final laps of the race. When the last-lap opportunity presented itself, Bodine with the four fresher tires was able to take advantage of the opening and posted a third place finish.
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers and head back to action at Bristol Motorspeedway for the running of the O'Reilly 200 presented by Valvoline Maxlife Wednesday, August 24th at 9:00 pm EST. The SPEED Channel, MRN and XM Satellite Radio will broadcast the event live.