TODD BODINE, No. 30 Germain.com Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing Finishing Position: 1st How does it feel to win at Darlington? "It's awesome. The history behind Darlington and the great drivers that have raced here. I walked the garage area...
No. 30 Germain.com Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
Finishing Position: 1st
How does it feel to win at Darlington?
"It's awesome. The history behind Darlington and the great drivers that have raced here. I walked the garage area and got the Darlington stripes. The list of drivers of incredible and to be part of that and to be able to be in victory lane -- I was fortunate to get one in Nationwide -- and now we got one in trucks. It's incredible. It's a great feeling to be able to win at Darlington, for sure."
Is this championship fight over?
"Absolutely not. There's just too many variables in racing. Too many things that you can't control that can take you out of it. We concentrate on controlling our own fate of what happens within our grasp. You can't control everybody else's truck and where you are on the track if you get caught up in somebody else's mess. It's never over. We're not going to approach it that way. I say this every week, there's just too many good race teams. Fortunately for us, every week somebody is having a problem. That's kept helping us build this points lead. Somewhere along the line it could be our week to have the problem. We can't look back. We gotta keep doing the things we know how to do and control the things within in our control and try to control our destiny."
How much of an advantage is experience at Darlington?
"Experience here is a huge advantage, but with that said, look at Justin Lofton. He was having a great run. I gotta stop helping him. I told him the trick to get around here and he learned too good. Unfortunately he got caught up in a wreck. I think these kids, and Timothy (Peters) is a great example. He did a lot of testing here but he's never raced here. To come out here and be able to do what he did tells you what kind of driver he is. Experience of knowing the little things that make you go fast and the little things that make you go slow, that means a lot. Timmy (Peters) had a good truck that allowed him to go fast. Experience is definitely a big part of running well at Darlington."
What is the difference between last year and this year for your team?
"There's a lot of luck involved. Last year we did get caught up in a lot of stuff that wasn't our doing. I did make some mistakes that I normally wouldn't make and it got us behind. When you get that far behind, you kind of start scratching and clawing and trying to get back those points and start making more mistakes. I think it's kind of the mentality that these guys are getting trying to keep up with us and keep getting into problems. Our performance wasn't as good as it is right now. Junior (Mike Hillman Jr., crew chief) really has the trucks driving good. When they drive that good, it allows you to go faster, easier. That's why we've run so good. It's just a combination of things."
-source: toyota motorsports