PIT STRATEGY TAKES BODINE FROM THIRTY-SECOND TO SECOND Bristol, TN (August 25, 2005)-Pit Strategy aided Todd Bodine to advance from a thirty-second starting position to a second place finish Wednesday night at the Bristol Motor Speedway in...
PIT STRATEGY TAKES BODINE FROM THIRTY-SECOND TO SECOND
Bristol, TN (August 25, 2005)-Pit Strategy aided Todd Bodine to advance from a thirty-second starting position to a second place finish Wednesday night at the Bristol Motor Speedway in the O'Reilly 200 presented by Valvoline Maxlife NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event.
Mike Hillman Jr., the crew chief for the No. 30 Germain Racing Toyota Tundra, gambled on a pit stop by keeping Bodine out on the track when the rest of the leaders pitted. This strategy moved the Allman Brothers Band Toyota Tundra from their current position in the race of 20th to the second position for the restart on lap 74. The team last came to pit road on lap 43 for four tires and fuel.
"I love racing at Bristol," Todd Bodine said. "We went from thirty-second to second tonight. We didn't qualify well but the truck came back to be better then anticipated. We avoided a few accidents and the pit strategy really paid off. It's a gamble to go that long without a stop -- we risked it and it paid off. Mike Hillman Jr., made the right call there - track position is everything here at Bristol."
At the restart it was a battle of the Tundra's - Chad Chaffin held the point position, Bodine second and Mike Skinner in third. Skinner worked his way around both Bodine for second and Chaffin for the lead. Bodine made his way around Chaffin for the second position and was closing in on the leader when caution came out on lap 188.
Skinner clearly took the lead at the restart leaving a heated battle between Bodine and Jack Sprague for the runner up position. Bodine was able to hold off Sprague to take the checkered flag with a second place finish in the main event.
"I had my hands full at the restart," Bodine said. "Jack (Sprague) got up on my back bumper really making me loose and I was spinning the tires all the way off of the corner. I did all I could just to drive the truck straight down the straightaway. He got up underneath my truck a couple times and cut me some slack. That's just good clean racing. If the caution wouldn't have come out, I think we had a shot at Mike. We were gaining on him and our truck was getting better where his was getting worse. I'm happy for Mike - he's waited a long time for that win. It was a big win for Bill Davis and for Toyota. We had a great night -second place -- we'll take it."
Todd Bodine is back in action running in the NASCAR Busch Series Food City 250 race at the Bristol Motor Speedway Friday, August 26th at 7:50 p.m. EST. The NASCAR Craftsman Trucks Series returns to the track for the running of the Truck Series 200 at Richmond International Raceway Thursday, September 9th. The event will be broadcast live on the SPEED Channel, MRN and XM-Satellite Radio.