BACK HOME: For most racers returning to their home stomping grounds, they share memories of racing with their fathers and grandfathers. For Ryan Mulder, racing was a family affair, with his father as the race car builder and lead mechanic and his mother behind the wheel. Mulder knows what it means to win a championship, as his mother has two, both collected at Park Jefferson Speedway, a local dirt track in South Dakota, neighboring their hometown of Sioux City, IA. At the age of 16, Mulder got behind the wheel racing for three years before moving to North Carolina in 2008. After completing courses at Performance Instruction & Training (PIT) as a tire changer, he joined the Red Horse Racing team in 2011 and worked on the No. 7 Toyota Tundra with Miguel Paludo, He is now the front tire changer for Bodine.
CHASSIS HISTORY: The 11 team will utilize Chassis No. 003 this Saturday at Iowa Speedway. Bodine captured his 22nd victory at Dover International Speedway on June 1st driving this chassis. At Martinsville Speedway in March, Bodine qualified 13th with this chassis and finished 25th after cutting down a right front tire late in the race. Last season, this chassis was driven by Timothy Peters at Michigan International Speedway where he started 12th and brought home a second-place finish.
MEET TEAM ONION: Your chance to meet 'The Onion' on Saturday at Iowa Speedway: Bodine together with teammate Timothy Peters will meet up with other Truck Series drivers for an hour long autograph session. The session will run from 2:15-3:15pm in the Midway area under the north grandstand in turn four.
PREVIOUS RACE RECAP: The Truck Series hit Kentucky Speedway for a Thursday evening showcase on June 28th for the UNOH 225. Bodine qualified his No. 11 Toyota Care Tundra in the 13th position and was making his way to the front of the field before an early-race incident left 'The Onion' with a 28th-place finish.
Todd Bodine talks about Iowa Speedway:
Talk a little bit about your statistics at Iowa Speedway. "I have had some very good runs at Iowa Speedway. It has been a very up and down place for me. I've had good trucks and bad trucks. To be successful, we have to find the common denominator on the good trucks that I have raced there. Track position is very important, as it is at any other short track. Iowa is a tough track to pass on if you are coming from the back of the pack."
How important is qualifying for you at Iowa? "Qualifying these days is so tight. Everyone in this Truck Series is so good, that it's really important where you qualify. It's so important now to get in that qualifying run during practice. You can have a good race set up and not get the truck set to qualify and have a hard time qualifying. If you get a good qualifying position in the top-five, you've got a better shot at the win than everyone else."
Source: Red Horse Racing