Daytona Twin 125: Ford - Todd Bodine press conference

TODD BODINE - No. 54 Army National Guard Taurus (Finished 3rd) THIS IS SPECIAL ISN'T IT? "I felt like we could be competitive. That was the main thing, just to be competitive and be in there and get in the 500. To run third against those DEI...

TODD BODINE - No. 54 Army National Guard Taurus (Finished 3rd)

THIS IS SPECIAL ISN'T IT? "I felt like we could be competitive. That was the main thing, just to be competitive and be in there and get in the 500. To run third against those DEI cars, that's pretty good. We're pretty proud of that."

WHAT WILL YOU CHANGE FOR SUNDAY? "It's a little too tight up off the corner still. We fought that in practice and could never get it out. It was a little better and we think we know the right direction to go with this National Guard Ford. We'll be starting at the front, this is pretty cool."

WHAT ABOUT YOUR DAY? "My spotter just kept saying, 'Keep it low, keep it on the bottom.' I watched the first race and the bottom was the place to be. I'll be darned if I was getting off of it. Even if they were in there, I wasn't gonna try anything. I was happy where I was."

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SMILED THIS BIG? "At Kentucky last year when I beat Greg Biffle (in a Busch race). This is a pretty big lift for this whole team. After what we went through last year, losing a sponsor, getting a sponsor and then losing a sponsor. To have Sam Belnavis to come on with a sponsor such as the National Guard, we feel like we're representing the thousands of men and women around the world that are protecting our country. We really feel that way. We've got the red, white and blue on our car and we're serving our country the best way we can and that's by trying to stay up front for the Armed Forces."

IS THERE SOME WEIGHT OFF YOUR SHOULDERS? "It's definitely a big relief. When you don't have a good qualify speed, like we didn't, when you finish 36th in points the year before like we did, you have to race your way in. Fortunately enough, we had a good car to do it. We caught a few good breaks along the way and stayed on the bottom of the track. I got a good push from Jimmie Johnson when they came up with that draft and here we are starting the race."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Todd Bodine , Greg Biffle , Jimmie Johnson