Texas: Round nine preview

* Several Drivers Looking To Break Victory Drought At Texas * Gaughan: Four Straight Wins Likely Won't Happen Again Champion Bodine: Time To Break The Drought In Texas DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 5, 2007) -- Todd Bodine (No. 30 Lumber ...

* Several Drivers Looking To Break Victory Drought At Texas
* Gaughan: Four Straight Wins Likely Won't Happen Again

Champion Bodine: Time To Break The Drought In Texas

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 5, 2007) -- Todd Bodine (No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota) won last year's championship despite failing to visit Victory Lane after the June 9 Sam's Town 400 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Bodine, who had victory in a headlock from late 2005 through mid-2006, hopes to break a 24-race drought when the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series returns to Fort Worth on Friday.

If having an affinity for a certain layout counts for anything, the defending champ will pick up a fourthTexas-sized hat from TMS's Eddie Gossage.

"I love Texas," said Bodine, who also won the track's fall race in 2004-05. "It's a momentum track; you've really got to get up on top of the wheel.

"It is the perfect place for us to get back on it (a victory)."

Bodine isn't the only series winner looking to break a streak in Texas. Brendan Gaughan (No. 77 South Point Hotel Chevrolet) has gone 59 starts since putting the finishing touches on his fourth consecutive victory at TMS in 2003 (see below).

Bodine's teammate at Germain Racing, Ted Musgrave (No. 9 Team ASE Toyota), is without a victory in 53 races since winning at Gateway International Raceway more than two years ago.

The "perfect" end to a non-winning streak -- at least if you're a Texan -- would be a first TMS score for David Starr (No. 10 International MAXX Force Ford).

The Houston native's best Texas finish is third -- three times.

He Did It Once But Gaughan Doubts It Will Happen Again

Brendan Gaughan remains a bit mystified as to how and why he was able to win a record, four consecutive races at Texas Motor Speedway.

Knowing that would put an end to the frustration that dogged the 31-year-old Gaughan since the championship slipped through the team's fingers in the final race of 2003.

"We were a very prepared team with lots of testing and a little bit of luck," he said.

Gaughan knows this: the Las Vegas native accomplished something special to put in his scrapbook, along with his time on Georgetown University's basketball and football teams and off-road championships

He doubts anyone else will win four straight races at Texas -- or maybe any other series track.

"With the competition the way it is now, it would be hard," he said, adding, "If it does, more power to the team and driver who ties the record or beats it."

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , David Starr , Ted Musgrave , Brendan Gaughan
Teams Germain Racing