Posted by: lori on Jun 08, 2011
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Bodine Ties Season’s Best Finish, Grabbing Third in Kansas
Mooresville, NC (06-06-2011) – Todd Bodine steered the No. 30 NTB/Service Central/Valvoline Tundra to a third-place finish at Kansas Speedway on Saturday afternoon. The finish was the best Toyota result in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event, ties his best effort of the year, and puts the team in high spirits heading into next weekend’s race in Texas.
“Our truck was a brand new Tundra. These guys worked to build a great new race truck for our NTB/Service Central/Valvoline Tundra this week. It ran great. We had a great truck and we hung in there. We had great pit stops. At the end, the ‘Dirty 30’ Germain team is just awesome every single week. We had a good run. To come out of this slump – we wanted to win no doubt – but we had the third-best truck. We were running Johnny (Sauter) down at the end. If we had another 10 or 15 laps, we probably could have got him. We had a great day and a great race truck,” beamed Bodine, who led twice for nine laps making Kansas the second race of the season where Bodine has had the No. 30 Tundra in front of the field.
Bodine emphasized the team effort that led to the third-place result in Kansas.
“This NTB/Service Central/Valvoline crew did a great job. The “Dirty 30” on pit road again – awesome, awesome pit stops. Those guys kept us up there,” said Bodine, praising the work of his Germain Racing pit crew.
The Chemung, NY, driver hopes the Kansas performance is truly the end of the post-championship bitters that have kept the No. 30 Tundra team scratching their heads through much of the first eight races of the 2011 season.
“We’re going to take the same truck (to Texas). To be able to run here and run that good and come out of here in one piece and just rub on it and look at the set-up a little bit and see what we got to do. I think it’s a different tire at Texas that we’re going back with. It’s going to change some things. The good thing about this NTB/Service Central/Valvoline Tundra is its brand new and it really responds. This Toyota Tundra was awesome and I can’t wait to see how it runs in Texas,” said Bodine.
After his third-place result from the tenth-place starting position, Bodine moved up two spots in the points standings to ninth.
Watch the No. 30 NTB/Service Central/Valvoline Tundra compete next at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, June 10th with SPEED coverage beginning with the NCWTS Setup at 8:30 PM Eastern followed by live racing at 9:00 PM.