FINAL LAP CONTACT ROBS BODINE OF STRONG FINISH Memphis, TN ( July 25, 2005)- Final lap contact with another competitor robbed Todd Bodine and his No. 30 Allman Brothers Band Toyota team of a strong finish in the O'Reilly 200 at Memphis ...
FINAL LAP CONTACT ROBS BODINE OF STRONG FINISH
Memphis, TN ( July 25, 2005)- Final lap contact with another competitor robbed Todd Bodine and his No. 30 Allman Brothers Band Toyota team of a strong finish in the O'Reilly 200 at Memphis Motorsports Park.
In typical NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series fashion, the scheduled 200-lap race was extended two additional laps in a green-white-checkered flag finish. Bodine engaged in an exciting battle for the 11th position when contact from another truck caused Bodine to spin and make hard contact with the turn four wall. The last lap incident relegated Bodine to a disappointing 23rd place finish.
"We got together with someone going for the checkered and got turned around," Todd Bodine explained. "We were tying to hold onto our 11th place spot when we spun and backed her into the fence. Overall though it was a good night for TRD - I'm happy for Brandon (Whitt) -- he did a great job tonight and it's good to see a Toyota in victory lane."
Starting in eighth spot on the grid, Bodine struggled with the race truck all night having difficulty in the pits and on the track. The veteran didn't loose his focus and determination to battle back and put his Tundra back to the top-15 for the exciting race to the finish.
"We had a couple misfortunes that pushed us back a bit during the race," Bodine explained. "We missed a lug nut on a stop. Actually the lug got caught up in-between the caliper and I thought I didn't have brakes at one point. It actually was chipping away at some of the aluminum causing the sensation. Then during a caution the kill switch on the steering wheel went bad and I had to bypass the switch which didn't help our track position. We're in this together though and this Germain Racing team is just awesome. We're going to go to Caraway to get our short track program together a bit. I have all the confidence in the guys and know we'll be back in victory lane before long."
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series has an off weekend coming up but Bodine will still be behind the wheel this week. He heads to Nashville to test the No. 30 Toyota Tundra Tuesday and Wednesday in preparation for August 13th Toyota Tundra 200 at the speedway. The next Craftsman Truck Series event is August 5th at the Indianapolis Raceway Park.