BUSCH: Todd Bodine Rockingham Preview

On North Carolina Speedway: North Carolina Speedway, better known as "The Rock," hosts the NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division, this weekend in the Alltel 200. Todd Bodine, driver of the No. 66 Phillips 66 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, says he...

On North Carolina Speedway: North Carolina Speedway, better known as "The Rock," hosts the NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division, this weekend in the Alltel 200. Todd Bodine, driver of the No. 66 Phillips 66 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, says he can't complain about his experiences at the 1.017-mile facility, despite the track's survival of the fittest race reputation. Bodine visited victory lane at Rockingham in 1995 during one of the three Busch Series races he ran that year. In addition to his one win at the track, Bodine has scored four top-five and seven top-10 finishes.

"Tire wear tends to be the biggest concern when we compete at Rockingham," Bodine said. "I like racing at Rockingham. It's the kind of track where it takes a lot of skill on the part of the driver and a lot of strategy on the part of the team. Tire conservation is huge there. It is just a tough, tough race track."

Equipment: The car Bodine will race this weekend is the same car he posted fifth-place finishes with last year at Darlington and Dover. Crew Chief Donnie Richeson said that the driver's ability and chassis setup can make or brake a team's day at the Rock.

"The tires are going to go away on you in Rockingham," Richeson said. "That track is a driver's track and a chassis guy's track. Success depends a lot on the car's setup. If you get it right, you can really make it an easy day and just blow the competition away."

Last week in Daytona: Todd Bodine had some trouble during Busch Series happy hour on Friday, prior to the NAPA Auto Parts 300. Bodine put his Phillips 66 Chevrolet in the wall after cutting down a rear tire. Having to resort to a backup car, Todd's brothers Geoffrey and Brett jumped in to lend a helping hand. Because Todd's backup car was not a superspeedway car, Geoffrey called car owner Dennis Shoemaker to seek use of the No. 64 Monte Carlo he had attempted to qualify earlier in the week. After a few phone calls, the soon-to-be No. 66 Chevy was on its way back to Daytona on Brett's rollback and arrived during the early morning hours on Saturday. It didn't feature the sporty new paint scheme desinged by Todd, but the superspeedway design of the car allowed Todd to be competitive and move as high as fourth place in the NAPA Auto Parts 300. Bodine Favorite: Todd's favorite sport, aside from racing, is hockey.

TODD BODINE CUMULATIVE NASCAR BUSCH SERIES RECORD 6th- Outside Starts Wins 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 10th Poles Poles $Won 173 10 6 10 6 16 43 6 5 $1,796,641

NORTH CAROLINA SPEEDWAY CAREER BUSCH SERIES RESULTS

Year        Date        St        Fin        $ Won        Date        St        Fin        $ Won
1998                                        10/31        16        12          6,595
1997        2/22        17         7         7,860        10/25         4        34          5,495
1996        2/24        27        10         6,415        10/19        36        11          6,050
1995                                        10/21        14         1         16,075
1993        2/27         2        33         4,840        10/23        27         4          7,675
1992        2/29         7        23         3,620        10/24        14         3          8,232
1991        3/2        12         4         2,600        10/19        15        10          3,165
        Starts        Wins        Poles        Top 5's         Top 10's        $ Won
Spring           5           0           0            1             3                25,335
Fall           7          1           0            3             4                53,287
TOTAL          12          1           0            4             7                78,622

TODD BODINE 1999 NASCAR BUSCH SERIES RESULTS

Date        Location                ST  FIN         LC/TL         Earnings   Status        Pts.
2/13        Daytona Beach, Fla.        17   32         76/120 $21,050    Accident         32

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