Texas: Todd Bodine preview

The Onion Has History of Making Competition Cry at Texas June 1, 2009 (Mooresville, N.C.) - Todd Bodine is tied for the most NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wins at Texas Motor Speedway and leads all active Truck Series drivers in the win ...

The Onion Has History of Making Competition Cry at Texas

June 1, 2009 (Mooresville, N.C.) - Todd Bodine is tied for the most NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wins at Texas Motor Speedway and leads all active Truck Series drivers in the win category for this Friday night's race at the Fort Worth mile and a half track. To go along with these Texas-sized statistics, the state is home to the two largest locations for sponsor Copart. Copart, an automobile remarketer that sells more than 1 million cars each year online has locations in Houston and Dallas, TX.

"When Germain Racing takes the Copart Tundra to Texas, we know we can win there. We know how to get around that track. It's still up to us to make sure we have the Copart Tundra set up to do it, but, obviously, with that history, you know what you are capable of at Texas," said Bodine of being a four-time winner, and Germain Racing owning five wins and two pole awards at Texas Motor Speedway.

Germain Racing has a team philosophy that allows that past performances really mean nothing at a race track--but crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. is taking a truck that exceeded expectations last week at Dover to a track where he knows how to be successful.

"We put pressure on ourselves heading to Texas. We have a very strong mile and a half program which means we expect a lot when we get to a place like Texas," said Hillman. "We are taking the truck we just raced at Dover to Texas. It performed really well, it beat our expectations and Todd really liked how it responded to changes. We're hoping to get the Copart Tundra a finish that matches our reputation at Texas."

Bodine is very confident in using chassis TRD-124 for Texas.

"We're taking the same chassis to Texas that we just raced at Dover. The truck was awesome. It did what we needed it to do. It reacted to small changes and that's what we need the Copart Tundra to do," said Bodine.

Bodine has one pole award and four wins at Texas. Germain Racing has two pole awards and five wins at Texas. Bodine's four wins have him tied on the all-time Truck Series win list at Texas with Brendan Gaughan, who has moved on to racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

Todd Bodine, Driver, No. 30 Copart Tundra

What does your strong record at Texas mean for you when you head into the race weekend?

"What having four wins at Texas means for this Copart Tundra team is that we know we can win at Texas and we know we can get around there. It's still up to us to make sure we have the Copart Tundra set up to do it. But, obviously with that many wins, you know what you are capable of at Texas."

Talk about the truck you'll race at Texas...

"We're taking the same chassis to Texas that we just raced at Dover. The truck was awesome. It did what we needed it to do. It reacted to small changes and that's what we need the Copart Tundra to do."

What makes you and your team so strong at mile and a half tracks like Texas?

"We've always had great trucks at the intermediate tracks, and racing the mile and a half is about going fast and being patient. I can't wait to get the Copart Tundra on track at Texas."

With the points leaders swapping so rapidly this year, does it make you want to aim to be second in points rather than first?

"No. I wanna get to the lead. It doesn't matter about the trouble the other points leaders have had, as a driver you just want to get the points lead and drive away from everyone."

Mike Hillman Jr., Crew Chief, No. 30 Copart Tundra

Why the change in Trucks for Texas?

"Dover was the first time we'd raced that chassis since Kentucky last year, and it was only the second race for that chassis. It performed really well, it beat our expectations, and the driver really liked how it responded to changes for him in practice and in the race. The Copart Tundra was the fastest truck on track at Dover; I don't think anyone will debate that. We had tire problems there again that kept us from having the finish we wanted, so we're taking the same chassis to Texas, hoping to get it and Copart a finish that matches our reputation at that track."

What are the emotions leading into Texas, at track where the 30 Tundra has four wins and Germain Racing has five?

"Pressure. It's really all pressure we put on ourselves. We have a very strong mile and half program and we know it. We expect strong runs when we get to a track like Texas and we're planning on getting a great result with the Copart Tundra this weekend."

How hard is the short turn around between Dover and Texas?

"We lost a full day because of the rain delay in Dover, so it means my guys are putting in even more hours to turn the trucks and hauler around for Texas. We changed the chassis we are taking as our Texas primary, so that also adds a little to it. The Copart Tundra crew never gave up in Dover, and they aren't letting me down now and I appreciate it. It's great to have this kind of team that puts in the extra effort like they do."

-credit: gr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , Brendan Gaughan
Teams Germain Racing