BUSCH: Todd Bodine Bristol Preview

Todd Bodine makes his 13th NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division start at Bristol when the series stops there for the running of the Food City 250 Friday night. In his previous 12 starts, Bodine has two wins, five top-five and six top-10...

Todd Bodine makes his 13th NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division start at Bristol when the series stops there for the running of the Food City 250 Friday night. In his previous 12 starts, Bodine has two wins, five top-five and six top-10 finishes, including his fifth-place finish there in April. Bodine attributes his success at Bristol to a match with the track's aggressive banking.

"Bristol is one of those tracks where you just have to get up on the wheel and get after it every lap and that's my style," Bodine said. "I've always tried to be what I call smart aggressive. I try to use my head and make sure that I'm around at the end of the race, but at the same time I go 110 percent every lap."

Both of Bodine's wins at the half-mile oval occurred during the night race at Bristol. In an effort to get back into dominate form, Bodine and the Phillips 66 team spent a couple of days testing at Bristol earlier this month.

"We are pulling out all the stops for this one," Bodine said. "I hadn't really run well on the concrete during the last few years. When that track was pavement, we were pretty tough and I want to get back to that form. We had a good run there last fall and in the spring this year. We just didn't qualify well in those events. We started 40th last fall and 38th in the spring. When we start qualifying up front, then we're going to be in contention for the win."

The car Bodine will compete with at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend is "Hillbilly." "Hillbilly" is the same car Bodine finished fifth with during the spring race at Bristol. In addition to the fifth-place finish at Bristol, "Hillbilly" has scored a third-place finish at Dover, ninth at Charlotte, and 10th at Darlington.

Bodine will be busy this week with appearances. Bodine is scheduled to attend the Southeast Petroleum Exposition in Charlotte, N.C., this Wednesday on behalf of Phillips 66. Bodine will then be signing autographs at the Food City Family Race Night along the Tennessee/Virginia state line in Bristol from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday night.

Bodine Favorite: As the 1999 football season is about to kick off, Bodine will prepare to cheer on his favorite NFL team, the New England Patriots.

Todd Bodine Cumulative NASCAR Busch Series Record Starts Wins Top 5s Top 10s Poles Outside Poles $ Won 195 10 45 94 6 5 $2,158,706

Bristol Motor Speedway Career Busch Series Results Year Date ST FIN $ Won Date ST FIN $ Won 1999 4/10 38 5 14,335 1998 8/21 40 4 8,965 1997 4/12 26 30 5,160 8/22 30 8 7,440 1996 3/30 34 17 6,040 8/23 30 34 6,080 1993 4/3 3 2 13,390 8/27 12 1 21,800 1992 4/4 4 20 4,480 8/29 11 1 22,825 1991 4/13 7 26 1,904 8/23 31 22 2,408

Starts Wins Top 5s Top 10s Poles Earnings Spring 6 0 2 2 0 45,309 Fall 6 2 3 4 0 69,581 TOTAL 12 2 5 6 0 114,890

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