"Monster Mile" is Home to Bodine's First NASCAR Win, Germain Racing Wants Bodine Back in Dover's Victory Lane May 10, 2010 (Mooresville, N.C.) - Dover International Speedway has earned its reputation as the "Monster Mile" with Germain Racing.
"Monster Mile" is Home to Bodine's First NASCAR Win, Germain Racing Wants Bodine Back in Dover's Victory Lane
May 10, 2010 (Mooresville, N.C.) - Dover International Speedway has earned its reputation as the "Monster Mile" with Germain Racing. Just last year, the team had arguably the fastest truck in the field, but spent most of the race fighting back from falling laps-down due to unscheduled green-flag pit stops to replace some troublesome tires. In the 200 lap race, NASCAR Loop Data Statistics say the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra posted 50 of the race's fastest laps, yet finished 18th, three laps down to the leaders. This year, driver Todd Bodine and crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. look forward to returning to Dover with the chassis setup that made their truck so fast there in 2009. But, both are curious about how the new tire compound will work for them this year.
"Well, I'm definitely looking forward to going to Dover but I'd say I'm cautiously optimistic because we are going with a new tire and that changes everything," explained Bodine, whose first NASCAR career top-five and first victory both came at Dover. "Dover's always been one of my favorite tracks. I've always run well there -- it doesn't matter what I'm in. If we can go back and get the Germain.com Tundra setup to handle as good as it did last year then we will have a real shot at getting a win."
The setup, according to crew chief Mike Hillman Jr., is what makes Dover a "monster" for crew chiefs.
"The biggest challenge for Dover is that your chassis setup has to be perfect when the race truck rolls off the hauler. With the tire quantity limitations in the Camping World Truck Series, we basically get one set of tires for practice. At Dover, one set lasts about 30 laps before the tires are corded. Goodyear is bringing us a new tire for Dover this year which might give us a few more laps on each set of tires. But, as a crew chief, I can't plan on those extra laps. I have to make sure the Germain.com Tundra setup is perfect when it unloads," explains Hillman. "Thirty laps of tire wear doesn't give us room for making a lot of changes. For a crew chief, that's a 'Monster' part of racing at of Dover."
Dover has been home to many huge memories for Todd Bodine, his first top-five, his first win, and, really, his performance at the concrete oval served as the foundation of his career. The track is a special venue for the 2006 Truck Series champion to return to each year.
"When you have a lot of success at a track and you always run well at it, then you always enjoy going there. Dover is a track that really suits my style -- 'get up on top of the wheel and go' kind of style -- I've just always enjoyed it. It's always fun to go to Dover," said Bodine.
After five races, Bodine is second in the Truck Series championship standings with four top-five finishes.
* Bodine ranks 2nd in Truck Series Championship standings heading into Dover
* Chassis TRD--122 has raced this year at Martinsville and will get back to work at Dover. The truck has been a solid performer for Germain Racing and has one Pole award (Nashville, 2008).
-source: germain racing