TODD BODINE, No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing Finished: 1st Can you talk about your race today? "I can't believe it. I have run so many races here and have been in the same situation in the end and never got it done. I...
TODD BODINE, No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing Finished: 1st
Can you talk about your race today?
"I can't believe it. I have run so many races here and have been in the same situation in the end and never got it done. I always got shuffled out or something happened. We just had a great truck. To win the pole and to win the race shows how great these guys on the team are. I'm the lucky guy that drives it. Rick (Crawford) had a good truck. I didn't know when he was going to make the move, but when he did, he just didn't have anybody to go with him."
How good was your truck?
"Our truck was fast, we were fortunate to be in front of all the wrecks and got lucky on a couple of moves. Things just went our way. At the end, I knew Rick was going to try somewhere, and he waited to the front. He just came up a little short. I'm glad to come out on top for a change. I've always run well at superspeedways, I've just never quite got it done. I finally got it done, and that's probably the best thing."
How close was the finish from your standpoint?
"It was a pretty close finish. I knew Rick was out there, but I couldn't see his hood, so I knew we won. This is just Talladega. It lends itself to great finishes. Where the start-finish line is and the way the track is. The trucks punch such a big hole in the air that you can wait a long time to make a move and get by a guy. In fact, you're better off timing it just right to make the move. Rick timed it just a little too late. Talladega is a great place to race and a great show for the fans."
How hard is it to repeat as a champion in the Craftsman Truck Series?
"The second championship is harder than the first one. You don't do anything different. You try to stay in the same track and do the same things that got you success the year before. At the same time, you have to learn and progress to make your team better, or you get behind. It's a real catch-22 to repeat as champion. You can't do the same things that got you there, but you have to try to keep your success going."
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