Texas: Race winner interview

TODD BODINE , No. 30 Valvoline Germain.com Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing Finishing Position: 1st How hard did you have to work for this win tonight? "They made me earn it three times tonight, four times actually. I'm not usually that good on...

TODD BODINE , No. 30 Valvoline Germain.com Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
Finishing Position: 1st

How hard did you have to work for this win tonight?

"They made me earn it three times tonight, four times actually. I'm not usually that good on restarts. I knew, especially with Ron (Hornaday Jr.) outside me, he's the king of restarts. I had to get a good one and that last one I got a good one, didn't spin the tires except for right before third gear. It was a good start. The Tundra ran good. We got a little tight when Ron passed me, it was a little too tight behind him once we got out in front it was good."

How did it feel to lead the most laps in tonight's race?

"It felt great. We've been struggling all year to make the trucks drive good and (Mike Hillman) Junior went to work and figured it out. That's how you can go fast when trucks are driving good and this truck was driving good and it was fast. It was wide open. It was fun to drive, it really was. We got that one run when Ron (Hornaday Jr.) passed us, we got really tight and we had to adjust on it and get it right for the end. That pit stop, the crew did an unbelievable job. They beat everybody out by a second or two. That was the difference in getting us back out up front in clean air where we could run good. You have to have everything go right and that's what happened tonight. We had a great Tundra and Valvoline being the first race for them with the team to come out here with a win -- I think that's the second time we've done that with a new sponsor. We did it with Lumber Liquidators and now with Valvoline. It was an awesome night all the way around."

How does winning at Texas set your team up for the summer stretch of races?

"It's great to come out of here with the win, obviously. Everybody talks about momentum and what it does for your team. Our guys, it wouldn't matter if we came out of here finishing 30th, they're going to go home and work just as hard for the next race and prepare the best they can. That's the one good thing about our race team -- we don't ever give up. To come out of here with a win for the stretch, it's awesome but it's just one win, it's one track and we have to go to Michigan next week and beat them up there. It's great to finally get back to victory lane. That's two years in a row we've won this race. It's awesome, it's good to come to Texas every time."

How does it feel to be so strong here at Texas?

"It's an honor anywhere to win a race and to be able to say that you've won the most at a track -- it's pretty awesome. We're pretty proud of the fact that we can come to Texas and run this well every time. We've had a lot of top three finishes besides the win. It's some place that we enjoy. To come out of here being the only six time winner, it was a goal I guess you could say when Kyle (Busch) won five to come back here and get another one to win six. To be able to get that done, I'm pretty proud of that."

-source: toyota motorsport

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Series NASCAR Truck
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