Phoenix: Todd Bodine preview

Bodine, Copart Tundra Racing Toward Phoenix November 10, 2009 (Mooresville, N.C.) - Phoenix International Raceway is a one-mile track with a lot of the characteristics of a short track. Germain Racing's No. 30 Copart Tundra team has assembled a...

Bodine, Copart Tundra Racing Toward Phoenix

November 10, 2009 (Mooresville, N.C.) - Phoenix International Raceway is a one-mile track with a lot of the characteristics of a short track. Germain Racing's No. 30 Copart Tundra team has assembled a string of finishes, kicked off by a victory in 2005, that are a clear indicator of the work that the team has put into its short track program. Driver Todd Bodine won in 2005 driving the No. 30 for Germain Racing, and has finished no worse than sixth since that effort.

"We are proud of our win at Phoenix and our record, but we probably should have had a couple wins there. We always seem to have a good setup for our No. 30 Copart Tundra there. Phoenix is one of those tracks where a driver can make a big difference because the track is so different from end to end," said Bodine, who aside from a tire issue in his first visit to PIR has not finished worse than 6th since winning there in 2005.

Bodine usually plans a small vacation around the Phoenix race weekend.

"We try to go to Sedona. There's a casino there we like to go to, and we visit with some friends and just enjoy the Phoenix area. It's a pretty neat place," said Bodine.

While Phoenix isn't credited as being one of the short tracks on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule, the track is treated a lot like a short track by crew chiefs preparing for the event and Bodine confirms that it drives like a short track.

"Phoenix is a mile, but it's a flat track. It definitely drives like a short track. You slow down in the corners and use some brake," said Bodine.

Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. is bringing Tundra chassis TRD-122 to Phoenix. The truck last raced at Gateway. This year it also raced at Michigan and Iowa.

"We want the Copart Tundra to be up front at Phoenix, and we think this truck is the best race truck for the job. We'll work a lot on handling in practice, but it will be with Todd choosing his preferred line around the race track. We'll put in a setup that works best with that line, then, throughout the race, the Copart Tundra pit crew can make adjustments to improve the truck but Todd can also make adjustments by changing his line on the race track," said Hillman.

-credit: gr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine
Teams Germain Racing