Bristol II: Todd Bodine preview

From The No. 54 National Guard cockpit: Driver Todd Bodine BRISTOL IS ONE OF THOSE RACES WHERE YOU EITHER LOVE IT OR HATE IT. DO YOU LIKE BRISTOL? "It's an absolute blast to run at Bristol, but especially the night race. There really is ...

From The No. 54 National Guard cockpit: Driver Todd Bodine

BRISTOL IS ONE OF THOSE RACES WHERE YOU EITHER LOVE IT OR HATE IT. DO YOU LIKE BRISTOL?

"It's an absolute blast to run at Bristol, but especially the night race. There really is nothing like it. The roar of the crowd and the intensity that night racing brings to a place like this is not only fun for the fans but also for the drivers. My favorite way to describe this place is it's like riding on a half-mile rollercoaster. It's hard to believe but if you took a stopwatch to our straightaway times, you could easily clock us going about 4.5-seconds. It's just enough time for a driver to catch his breath."

"Another reason why I like driving Bristol is it requires you to be on top of the wheel at all times. That's because you are constantly mixing things up with the leaders as well as lapped cars. Anything can happen at any given moment. It can get pretty taxing on you no matter how you look at it. It's taxing both physically and mentally. For the race team, it can be taxing on points, if you have a bad day. We are now hitting the home stretch and wrecks are bound to breakout as soon as the green flag is thrown. We've had bad luck the last two weeks so we are hoping our luck changes. Our goal for the end of the night is pretty simple. We want a car that looks like it's in one piece and a decent points day."

HOW IMPORTANT IS HANDLING?

"Bristol is one track where handling is crucial because you can't afford to just ride around. We were forced to do that earlier this year after getting caught up in an early crash. When we wrecked, we found ourselves riding around in hopes of gaining a position or two in the final rundown. Attrition happens a lot and it makes for a miserable time especially if you are hoping to move up based on someone else's misfortune. I guess you have to do what you have to do when things don't go your way."

"I would really like to turn my Cup program around at Bristol. I've won two night races in a row in the Busch series so I know I can get around this place. It's just a matter of having a good qualifying effort, a well-balanced race set up and a lot of luck."

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Drivers Todd Bodine