Kansas City: Todd Bodine preview

Bodine to be put to the test at Kansas Speedway. Discover' Card driver Todd Bodine is anxious to get to work this weekend at Kansas Speedway. That's because he has participated in two test sessions to prepare for this weekend's track events.

Bodine to be put to the test at Kansas Speedway.

Discover' Card driver Todd Bodine is anxious to get to work this weekend at Kansas Speedway. That's because he has participated in two test sessions to prepare for this weekend's track events. Most experts call the speedway's D-shaped configuration the standard"cookie-cutter" design for a 1.5-mile tri-oval.

Kansas strongly resembles most recent venues added to NASCAR's sanctioning series like Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and Nashville Superspeedway. However, Bodine doesn't mind the similarities since his driving style suits tracks like Kansas just fine!

FROM THE COCKPIT:

Todd Bodine, driver, No. 26 Discover Card Racing Taurus:

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT ALL THESE 1.5-MILE TRACKS?

"I really like them. All these 1.5-mile tracks are similar. Kansas is just like my favorite track, Las Vegas. Plus, it has the same amount of banking as Vegas, Chicagoland, Kansas, Kentucky and even Nashville that's concrete. They all have the same feel so you can really relate from one track to the other. I always have loved racing on those D-shaped tracks. I actually like all the places we go to but for some reason or the other, I really have adapted well to these so-called cookie-cutter configurations."

"If I had to guess why I enjoy racing at Kansas Speedway, I think it's the track's long sweeping corners. It's very fast and very smooth. Since there's been more race activity on it since last year, I think we can anticipate on having two solid racing grooves. If that's true, I think we can expect to see some passing and good racing. It should be a fun race for fans to watch, and with the series in the midst of a tight points race, this may be the track that makes or breaks some of the contenders. For the Discover Card crew, we are hoping Kansas will help turn things around for this team. We've had two weeks of bad luck that's been out of our control. We're ready to race and show what this No. 26 team is made of."

WHAT ALL HAVE YOU DONE TO PREPARE FOR THIS RACE?

"I went to Kansas several weeks ago and tested with my Busch team. It was a successful test. We ran pretty well in qualifying trim and then we worked on our race package. For the Busch team, we're hoping the track will prove to be a bit like Chicagoland Speedway since we qualified on the pole and finished in second there this year. For the Discover Card car, Chicagoland was a bit of a challenge. I'm not sure why, but I am hoping we can learn from what we did, apply my Busch test information and then go from there. Plus, the Discover Card team went to Kentucky for a Ford test and Donnie and the guys worked on several ideas in preparations for Kansas. We had a good test there too and learned some really good things so we are hoping for the best."

"Any time our team can test is a win-win situation for me. Testing is about gathering information because when you go back to a race track it is going to be different. The more rubber and cars that are on it causes the track to be different. Testing allows you to try things that you normally do not have time for when you are there for the race weekend. It's a fact-finding mission for us. We are able to try a lot of things to see how each individual corner will react so when you do go back for the race weekend, we have a lucrative data base that is filled with ideas of what changes we should make to fix the car and in what corner it will positively affect. It just speeds the process up. I am hoping with the Busch and Ford tests, we will be off to a good start."

Todd and the entire Discover Card team participate in Bud Pole qualifying for the Protection One 400 starting on Friday at 4:05 p.m., ET. Sunday's Discover Card pre-race show begins at 12:30 p.m., ET LIVE on NBC followed by the race.

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