Bodine aiming for another win at Texas
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Todd Bodine loves Texas Motor Speedway.
He has six wins at this fast 1.5-mile racetrack, which is the most victories by any driver in all three of NASCAR's national touring series there.
Bodine won last Friday's rain-shortened Camping World Truck Series race at Dover. It was his first victory in the series since September 2010 at Kentucky (38 races ago).
Texas is next on the schedule, and the two-time series champion is hoping his winning momentum will continue there.
Friday's race will be the first for Bodine in anything but a Germain Racing- prepared truck. Bodine began this season with a one-race deal with Red Horse Racing for the season-opener at Daytona, but his driving duties with the team have continued, as he currently ranks sixth in the point standings. He is 37 points behind leader Justin Lofton.
"Winning at Texas Motor Speedway is a combination of many things," Bodine said. "You have to have a good crew, a good truck and good luck. We won the spring race of 2006 from the back of the field with about 30 laps to go. I passed Mike Skinner on a green-white-checkered finish, led the one lap, the most important one. That was one of the special wins there."
Five of Bodine's six wins at Texas have come in the spring race, which is 20 laps more than the fall event.
"The spring race is the longer of the two races at the track, which I am better at," he said. "I think we are able to wear everyone else out on the long runs. That's where I excel. The spring race is 167 laps and the fall is 147 laps."
Bodine had his worst result at Texas one year ago with a 31st-place finish. He placed 13th there last November.
Ron Hornaday Jr. is a three-time Texas race winner, including a victory in last year's spring race there. His first two wins at this track came during the 2008 season.
Hornaday drove for Kevin Harvick Inc. from 2005-11, but after KHI ceased its operations in the series at the end of last season, Hornaday moved over to Joe Denette Motorsports. The four-time truck champion is eighth in points (-49), following a 27th-place finish at Dover.
"We have a lot of ground to make up following Dover, and I've got a great group of guys behind me at Joe Denette Motorsports," Hornaday said. "I believe Texas is a track where we can rebound. We are bringing a new truck with all the updates that the guys have found in the wind tunnel, and I'm looking forward to a successful weekend."
Bodine, Hornaday and Brendan Gaughan are those drivers entered in this event that have previously won at Texas. Gaughan won four races in a row there from 2002-03.
Thirty-four teams are on the preliminary entry list for the WinStar World Casino 400k.
Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck. Date: Friday, June 8. Race: WinStar World Casino 400k. Site: Texas Motor Speedway. Track: 1.5-mile oval. Start time: 9 p.m. (ET). Laps: 167. Miles: 250.5. 2011 Winner: Ron Hornaday Jr. Television: SPEED. Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Satellite.
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