Phoenix II: Bodine post race interview

TODD BODINE , No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing Finish: 3rd What are your thoughts on tonight's race? "We had a good race. Obviously our truck was really good on long runs and not real good on short runs. That's what did...

TODD BODINE , No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
Finish: 3rd

What are your thoughts on tonight's race?

"We had a good race. Obviously our truck was really good on long runs and not real good on short runs. That's what did us in the end. A lot of cautions and it just took about eight laps to get going and after that it was fast and after about 20 it was the fastest truck out there. We needed long runs but the Lumber Liquidators Tundra was good with great pit stops. We pulled away points and gained on Ron (Hornaday, Jr.) and Johnny (Benson) but they're still too far out there for us to catch them. It was a good night, another top-five."

How would you rate the start of this race on a one to 10 strange scale?

"It definitely ranks up there pretty high -- probably an eight. You wouldn't figure one of the points guys to be sitting on the pole and spin out on the first lap. Then it goes up to probably an 11 or 12 because you wouldn't figure the other guy would get in a wreck and they come out of here three points apart. That usually doesn't happen. I shouldn't say that, two years ago when I raced Johnny (Benson) for the points, if I had a bad week, he had a bad week. If he had a good week, I had a good week and that's the way we went through the last third of the season and obviously it's cosmic because these guys both had a bad night again and three points separating them is going to be one hell of a race to watch."

What was the end of the race like?

"It really wasn't much of a fight. Kyle (Busch) had the new tires and I knew, I saw him coming and my right front was really hot and I abused it. I knew if he got to me I was going to let him go. I wasn't going to race him, there was no sense in it because he's going past me so just let him go. That's what I did once he got outside me and I looked in the mirror and I didn't see fourth-place behind us so I knew just ride around there and watch the show and maybe Kyle could get up there and beat him to get a Toyota in victory lane. It didn't happen and I think if it would have gone green and I passed Kyle under the green with 20 to go when we had that caution we probably would have won the race because at that point we were about a tenth of a lap faster than Kevin (Harvick, race winner). That's what it did in practice, it would take five laps to get going. We don't know why it did it what the set-up and why it's doing that. We knew it was going to be like that in the race."

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Truck
Teams Germain Racing