Dover II: Todd Bodine preview

It pays to go back to Dover. It pays to go back to Dover Downs International Speedway especially since that's where it all started for the No. 26 Discover Card Racing crew. The first event held in 2002 at Dover was the first race in a six-race...

It pays to go back to Dover.

It pays to go back to Dover Downs International Speedway especially since that's where it all started for the No. 26 Discover Card Racing crew. The first event held in 2002 at Dover was the first race in a six-race partnership between HAAS/CARTER Motorsports and Discover Card Financial Services, Inc. Now that Discover Card has extended their relationship with the No. 26 organization for the remainder of the season, Todd Bodine his crew are ready to better their 18th place finish by simply avoiding the dreaded wrath of the Monster Mile and capitalizing on the fact that the No. 26 Taurus knows how to get around the one-mile concrete oval.

FROM THE COCKPIT:

Todd Bodine, driver, No. 26 Discover Card Racing Taurus: DOVER IS A PLACE WHERE WE ESSENTIALLY STARTED OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH DISCOVER CARD. WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH?

"Certainly, I want to go back there with a fast car again. We want to capitalize on it this time instead of getting involved in an early mishap. It was no one's fault between me and Joe Nemechek. It's typical racing at Dover. But when you have a good car you have to take advantage and capitalize on it. Unfortunately, we didn't. I want to change that this time around. Discover Card has two facilities near here and it would mean a lot to score a good finish right in their own backyard."

"We tested at Dover back in June when we got the go ahead for the six-race sponsorship with Discover Card. We had a really good test. We just didn't make the right adjustment before qualifying because we were really fast in practice. We simply got the car too loose. All we can do is do our best in those two hours of practice before qualifying."

DO YOU LIKE RUNNING DOUBLE DUTY AT TRACKS LIKE DOVER?

"It's a lot of work and sometimes I feel like it would be easier for me to just concentrate on one car. At Dover the surface is really rough and it can take a lot out of you. But racing the Busch Series is good for me because I have found I can transfer information from the Busch car over to the Discover Card Ford. So the extra seat time is almost like a test."

WHAT IS IT LIKE TO RACE ON THE CONCRETE?

"It's really a rough surface. What's great about Dover is it does not change from one race to the next, or one time of year to the other. Concrete stays very consistent. It can get a couple of grooves wide, the more we run through the weekend. The Busch race should certainly help us for Sunday."

"The one thing you have to really watch and prevent doing is breaking the traction due to the rough surface. It can quickly get around on you. When you break traction you have to do all you can to prevent spinning out. If you feel it quick enough, you can usually save it. It's a little harder on asphalt because it is harder for the tires to get a hold of the track and grip it properly. When we get going, we can expect to see a multiple groove race track and some really great racing."

Todd and the entire Discover Card team participate in Bud Pole qualifying for the All-American Heroes 400 starting on Friday at 2:05 p.m., ET. Sunday's Discover Card pre-race show begins at 12:30 p.m., ET LIVE on NBC followed by the race on TNT at 1 p.m. ET LIVE.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Todd Bodine , Joe Nemechek