Talladega: Winner's post race interview

TODD BODINE, No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing Finished: 1st What were you thinking on that final lap? "I didn't know what to think. Coming down the back straight-away I'm thinking that I would just finish second here...

TODD BODINE, No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
Finished: 1st

What were you thinking on that final lap?

"I didn't know what to think. Coming down the back straight-away I'm thinking that I would just finish second here and push Kyle (Busch) down there and try to get him the win, get a good finish and get a good points race. We come off of four and I hit him and got him sideways and I had to go to the outside. Then I had a buddy behind me, Ron Hornaday, we've been friends here and even the feud at Charlotte -- we got over it and we drink beer together, we park our coaches together and play corn hole. I knew he was back there and he came back there and pushed me and here we are -- I can't believe it."

What does it mean to win three superspeedway races in a row?

"It's these guys right here -- they work their tails off on this truck. They built it and then they rebuilt it for here and these are the guys that make it run good. Everyone at Germain Racing, in the fab (fabrication) shop, everyone at TRD (Toyota Racing Development) and the motor shop. The Fords had us covered in horsepower, but a good handling truck and a good body in this Tundra. We kept with them and I have to thank all the fans that are here. We had a great crowd today and I hope it was good TV."

Did you think you could win the race on the final lap?

"I just wanted to push Kyle (Busch) and try not to let Colin (Braun) get up there for the win and get that Toyota in victory lane. We were pushing really good and I could push Kyle (Busch) really well. We came off of turn four and I tried to give him another shot to get him going again and he got a little sideways so I jumped to the outside. Ron (Hornaday) was out there and he pushed me right on by for the win. It was incredible and it's great to have friends like Ron (Hornaday) that you know you can count on when you need some help and this Tundra is sitting here in victory lane."

Why were so few drivers using the high groove?

"Believe it or not the speeds are so slow right now that the shortest way around is the fastest way. It's probably another 30 or 40 feet around the race track to be in the second groove and that's why you just cannot make it work. It's just too slow to do it. If you watch down the straight-aways everybody was equal, but you get to the corners and the outside groove would back up just because it's further around."

Do you consider yourself a 'master' of superspeedway races?

"I don't think anybody masters these speedway races. It's about being in the right place at the right time and getting lucky breaks like I did down there. I didn't mean to hit Kyle (Busch) sideways, I tried to actually push him to make sure he would win. I got the break and got to the outside. I think there was only one master to these tracks and that was Dale (Earnhardt) Sr. and the rest of us are still learning from him."

-credit: toyota motorsports

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