Texas II: Jeff Bodine preview

Bodine...Has Earned Five Truck Series Wins at Texas Motor Speedway * Has More Wins at Texas Than Any Other NCWTS Driver * Drives for Germain Racing--the Only Toyota Tundra Team to Win at TMS November 3, 2009 (Mooresville, N.C.) - Germain Racing...

Bodine...Has Earned Five Truck Series Wins at Texas Motor Speedway
* Has More Wins at Texas Than Any Other NCWTS Driver
* Drives for Germain Racing--the Only Toyota Tundra Team to Win at TMS

November 3, 2009 (Mooresville, N.C.) - Germain Racing is prepared to head to a highlight on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. Texas Motor Speedway, one of eight 1.5-mile tracks on the schedule, has hosted Germain Racing in victory lane six times, with five wins coming from the No. 30 Copart/Purpleheartcars.org Tundra driven by 2006 Truck Series champion Todd Bodine.

"We've got confidence going to Texas Motor Speedway because we've had success there. But, it doesn't guarantee success for this week or this race. We still have to give it that 110% effort like we do every week. If we don't we're going to end up finishing eighth instead of seeing the Copart/PurpleHeartCars.org Tundra in victory lane," said Bodine, who drives for the only Toyota Tundra team to have visited victory lane at Texas.

The No. 30 Tundra crew is coming off a thrilling run last week at Talladega. Bodine finished third, his third consecutive top-five finish--a streak that began at Las Vegas, a sister track to TMS. Bodine says the team's TMS success really isn't a "secret."

"We've gotten lucky a couple times at Texas, and it takes a little luck sometimes to go along with the hard work. But, it takes a lot of hard work. We've always had the No. 30 Copart/PurpleHeartCars.org set up for what it takes to run well at mile and a half race tracks. We've put ourselves in a position to win at Texas and we've had Tundras capable of carrying it through," explained Bodine.

Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. and the No. 30 Tundra crew have prepared chassis TRD-124 for Texas. It last visited victory lane in June at Texas and has been a threat to win in nearly every race it's run in 2009. TRD-124 made its 2009 debut in Dover where the truck was arguably the fastest in the field--though the truck finished laps down to the leaders due to persistent tire problems. After its win at TMS in June, the chassis raced at Kentucky, Nashville, Chicagoland and Las Vegas. Bodine led laps in this Tundra at 5 of the 6 tracks it has been raced this season.

Racing action at Texas Motor Speedway starts at 9:00 PM Eastern on Friday, Nov. 2nd, with qualifying on Thursday at 8:00 PM Eastern. Watch the 147 Laps/220.5 miles of racing in the WinStar World Casino 350 on SPEED or tune in to your local MRN affiliate.

Todd Bodine, Driver, No. 30 Copart/PurpleHeartCars.org Tundra

Is there a Secret to your Success at Texas?

"We have good trucks at Texas and it's one of those tracks where you can't lack in any area. It's almost wide open all the way around, every lap, so you've got to have the truck set up to where it's good and free, but you can't have it too loose. You've got to have good track position so you've got to have great pit stops--you have to have it all."

You've dominated the Texas Winner's Circle since 2004, do you go there with that goal?

"We don't go to Texas to lead every lap. We go there to do what we normally strive to do at any race track, which is to bring a truck that will stay up front and will keep us in position to win. To be able to say we've won five races at one race track is something that no other Truck Series team can say, so, going to Texas and winning at Texas is special."

-credit: gr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine
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