BUSCH: Atlanta Todd Bodine Preview

"Atlanta Motor Speedway is the best prescription for a driver's need for speed. The track is real fast, which is what I like most about racing there. We'll turn laps faster than the laps we run at Daytona and Talladega. Atlanta races are fast and...

"Atlanta Motor Speedway is the best prescription for a driver's need for speed. The track is real fast, which is what I like most about racing there. We'll turn laps faster than the laps we run at Daytona and Talladega. Atlanta races are fast and furious and tend to be real exciting events." -- Todd Bodine, driver of the No. 66 Phillips 66 Chevrolet

Todd Bodine NASCAR Busch Series Atlanta Motor Speedway Aaron's 312 Contact: Penny Copen, IMG Motorsports Charlotte, (704) 895-4311, pcopen@imgworld.com

Racing In Atlanta . . . Practice is making perfect for Todd Bodine when it comes to Atlanta Motor Speedway. The driver of the Phillips 66 Chevrolet has six career starts at Atlanta in NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division competition. Bodine's best career Atlanta finish of fifth place was during the 1999 Busch Series event. Although fifth place is his best finish, Atlanta is a track where Bodine has always excelled.

"I have always been able to run well at Atlanta," Bodine said. "I don't have the finishes to show it because we've had some unlucky instances with getting caught up in accidents or having a motor break. It's one of my favorite places to race because it's so fast and because it is a track where we run well."

The Equipment . . . "Twister's Sister" is the car Bodine will compete with in Atlanta this weekend. "Twister's Sister" is the car Bodine finished fifth with at Rockingham last fall. Other 1999 finishes include a ninth-place finish at Charlotte and 10th place at Darlington.

Last Weekend in Las Vegas . . . Bodine and the No. 66 team scored a fourth-place finish in the "Sam's Town 300" last weekend at Las Vegas. After leading the first three laps of the event, Bodine settled into a competitive pace that would allow him to run no lower than fourth place throughout the duration of the 200-lap event.

"We knew it was going to be tough to beat Mark (Martin) and Jeff (Burton)," Bodine said. "But we are real happy to leave here with a fourth-place finish. This gives us a big boost in the points race and that's what is important because we're in this to win a championship."

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