BUSCH: Todd Bodine Bristol Preview

On Bristol: Todd Bodine, driver of the Phillips 66 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, made his last start in a Busch Series race at Bristol during the night race last fall. Bodine posted a fourth-place finish in what proved to be a survival of the fittest.

On Bristol: Todd Bodine, driver of the Phillips 66 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, made his last start in a Busch Series race at Bristol during the night race last fall. Bodine posted a fourth-place finish in what proved to be a survival of the fittest. Only seven cars finished on the lead lap and more than 25 teams retired from the event due to accidents. Bodine, who has two wins on the half-mile oval, heads into this weekend’s Moore’s Snacks 250 looking to make a return to victory lane.

“Bristol is a very physical race track,” Bodine said. “It takes a lot out of the driver because it is such a small track with the kind of banking you race on the big tracks like Daytona. Track position is important or you can go down a lap early, and it’s important to keep yourself out of trouble. The further back in the field you are, the more likely you are to get caught up in a wreck.

“I’ve had a lot of success there. We won the night races there in ’93 and ’ 92. Now we want to win one of the day races. We’re expecting to do real well there.”

Equipment: The car Bodine will compete with this weekend in Bristol is “Hillbilly.” “Hillbilly” is the same car Bodine finished fifth with at Darlington and ninth at Rockingham.

Appearances: Bodine will appear at the Food City Family Race Night at the Kingsport Meadowview Convention Center. Bodine is scheduled to sign autographs from 5 to 7 p.m. After the autograph session, Bodine is scheduled to appear on Fast Talk with Benny Parsons at 7:15 p.m.

Last Weekend In Nashville: Bodine posted his second top-five and third top-10 finish of the season last weekend at Nashville Speedway. It helped move Bodine back in the top 10 in points. He is currently in ninth place.

“We have been there every week,” Bodine said of his fifth-place finish. “It’ s just that we’ve had three bad races. We lost an engine in Las Vegas and Texas and wrecked in Daytona. But we’ve been consistently running in the top five every weekend. We just have to get to the end of the race. That’s what we did at Nashville and that’s what we’ll be looking to do this weekend at Bristol.”

Bodine Favorite: With the start of the 1999 baseball season, Bodine will be sure to cheer on his favorite team - the New York Yankees.

Todd Bodine Cumulative NASCAR Busch Series Record Starts Wins Top 5s Top 10s Poles Outside Poles $ Won 179 10 40 84 6 5 $1,887,266

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Todd Bodine , Benny Parsons