Today on "The Morning Drive" on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio / channel 128, hosts David Poole and Marty Snider spoke with NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Todd Bodine. Bodine talked about the Car of Tomorrow and the drivers' reaction to it after its...
Today on "The Morning Drive" on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio / channel 128, hosts David Poole and Marty Snider spoke with NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Todd Bodine. Bodine talked about the Car of Tomorrow and the drivers' reaction to it after its debut, and also about his plans to run Busch and Cup Series races in '07.
On the debut of the CoT:
Host, Marty Snider: "We saw the Car of Tomorrow at Bristol this past weekend. We asked Brendan Gaughan last Friday what it would be like for the Cup Series drivers. He said it's going to be like they're driving a Craftsman Truck Series truck for the first time. Do you agree with that assessment and was Bristol the kind or show you expected with the first Car of Tomorrow race?"
Todd Bodine: "Yeah it is. I think it was a really good race actually. Even at Bristol, the cars are running about probably like 100 [mph], just over 100 through the corner, 105 I think it is, 108. At that speed aerodynamics has an effect. I don't care what anybody tells you. At Bristol, aerodynamics has an effect. And I've been in plenty of cars that get an aero push. Even our trucks, you get up really tight you get an aero push. And it didn't seem like in the Car of Tomorrow from what I could tell -- now I didn't drive one so I can't say for sure -- but it didn't look like there was much of an aero push. That comes from the splitter and the wing on the back. So I thought it was a good debut.
"I thought it was a very good race. I wish these guys would quit their bitchin'. They get paid to go out and drive race cars and have fun and it doesn't matter if it's a go-cart, a truck, a Cup car, a minibike, whatever it is, go race it and go as fast as its gonna go and stop your bitchin'."
Snider: "Does it make you angry then when Kyle Busch says what he says after he won the race? Why does it make you angry?"
Bodine: "Yes. Because the guy's getting paid very well to go out and do something he loves to do. What has he got to bitch about? What is wrong with the Car of Tomorrow? It's just another vehicle. So it's different than the old one. Who cares if it's different? You go out and you race it and you have fun and you do the best you can with it."
On running Busch and Nextel Cup races this year:
Snider: "We hear there are some Busch races in the offing. Any news there yet?"
Bodine: "Well, we don't know for sure which ones. We'd like to start at Richmond (May 4). We definitely want to run about 12 Busch races. We're still planning on hopefully three or four Cup races. We want to run some Cup races. We have one Cup car right now and we'd like to run the Brickyard. We think that would be our first one. So we've got a lot of plans. The Germain brothers came into racing as new owners, never being around it and they've had a lot of success right away and as a businessman you want to grow your business and for us the next step would be Busch and then the Cup Series. And that's what they want to do so we're actively pursuing sponsorship and trying to go in that direction. We love the Truck Series. We're not going to give that up. We're still going to have Trucks but we want to grow the business."
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