TODD BODINE, No. 30 Germain.com Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing Finishing Position: 3rd How was your truck in today's race? "We made an adjustment on the first stop and actually made the truck worse. (Mike Hillman) Jr. (crew chief) went back...
No. 30 Germain.com Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
Finishing Position: 3rd
How was your truck in today's race?
"We made an adjustment on the first stop and actually made the truck worse. (Mike Hillman) Jr. (crew chief) went back and un-did that and did some other stuff that made it good, but them it was a little tight off. That's why at the end I couldn't run with Kyle (Busch) or Kevin (Harvick) from the center off. Kyle (Busch), he was hanging on for dear life on the long run and that played right into his hand on the final run and he was able to haul the mail at the end of the race. It was a good race - the Tilted Kilt Toyota was good and it's a first, second and third. We're probably 20 points behind Kyle (Busch) now and we still have a lot of races to win."
Could you have caught Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch in the closing laps?
"Kevin (Harvick) and Kyle (Busch) had the best trucks, well Kevin (Harvick) had the best truck and Kyle (Busch) had the best truck on short runs and it showed. On that short of a run, he had it made. We just didn't get ours free enough. Everybody on new tires can go good for about five, six, seven laps and Kyle (Busch) did it for nine (laps) and he hung on because he was sideways the last two corners."
Will you be racing at Martinsville?
"I don't know. As of right now we are not going to Martinsville, as of this minute. We don't have a sponsor and if we don't have a sponsor then we're not going. Hopefully we're going to have some discussions with Tilted Kilt this week and if things work out - I know they like the series, they like NASCAR, they like racing and hopefully we can ink a deal and get it done and go to Martinsville with a sponsor. It's a great company - it's a new restaurant chain that has opened up and it's really expanding and growing and we would like to be a part of that. We took on Lumber Liquidators and helped them to go public as a company and grow their chain so hopefully we can sign Tilted Kilt up and do the same thing for them."
Do you expect to see less new teams hold on as the week's progress this season?
"In the truck series you cannot make a 'start-and-park' pay for itself. Any guys that are just trying to get started and maybe just run some laps and see what they have, it's going to be hard. It's really going to be hard for anybody to do this without a sponsor. You just cannot even come close on what the payoffs are. I think you're going to see the field dwindle down here as we go along and I think the same thing in the Cup deal although if you finish last in Cup you can pay your way and you can keep racing. It's hard and it's just tough for any of these teams to make it work without any sponsorship. Right now its hard to get sponsorship. I think as the season goes on you're going to see it turn - it's going to turnaround. The economy, by the end of the summer is going to start getting better. We might not see anything in our industry for this season, but I think next year its going to be a lot easier to get a sponsorship. Corporations are going to open back up and start spending their marketing dollars again - at least that's what I'm told."
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