Mooresville, NC (06-13-2010) – Whether the racer was strapped in behind the wheel of a race truck, or the racer was perched atop pit wall waiting for the race truck to slide into the pit stall for service, Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway was chock full of the action that racers live for. Todd Bodine, current Truck Series points leader, led the most laps in a Germain.com Tundra that was the class of the field. Following a series of restarts in the closing laps that produced some extremely intense racing among the top four drivers, Bodine finished second to fellow Tundra driver Aric Almirola.
“We had a great Tundra today and our Germain Racing pit crew did a great job. Aric (Almirola) was just good at the end when he needed it. We had a great race truck. Today was Camping World Truck Series racing at its finest. That’s what it’s about and that’s why people love to watch our races and come to the races. It’s hard-nosed, go get ‘em every lap racing and it’s a lot of fun,” proclaimed Bodine, driver of the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra, following the 100-lap race that concluded with two cautions in the final 20 laps, capping off the event with the feeling of a heat race or showdown.
Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. enjoyed the racing action and is excited about how Germain Racing’s No. 30 Tundra team has been performing as of late. The effort is bigger than just the pit crew, the race team, the guys at the shop or TRIAD…it’s about everyone.
“We had the best truck in Texas. We had the best truck again in Michigan. I couldn’t be more proud of all the guys that work on our 30 truck. The job these guys do is more than just great pit stops. It’s what they do all week long, working with everyone in the Germain Racing shop. All the guys at TRIAD work really hard to put us in position to win every week. I am very proud of the effort going into this team and the results we’ve been able to get,” said Hillman Jr.
The Germain.com Tundra started the race in seventh position, and Bodine locked it into the top-five a few laps into the race, and credited his pit crew with playing a huge role in keeping him up front all day.
“I said it all along and I say it every week, I have the best crew on pit road. They do a great job and they got us off pit road first. On the second run, our Germain.com Tundra was too tight in the middle, then during the last run, it was too tight on exit. That’s why I just couldn’t roll up outside of Aric there at the end. The crew builds great trucks that are fast off the hauler every week and, knock on wood, we’ll keep doing it and keep plugging away and keep getting these top-fives,” said Bodine, who has scored eight top-five finishes including one victory in nine races this season.
For all the hard work that Bodine and the Germain.com Tundra crew put into preparing for and executing the VFW 200 race this weekend at Michigan, Bodine says his competitors have been working hard, too, which makes it easier for him to be happy about finishing second rather than taking home the victory.
“We didn’t come here to finish second, but we finished second and you have to look at it as a points day. Aric gained a few points on us because he won. We’re back in our form. At the beginning of the year we were struggling pretty hard. (Mike Hillman) Jr. and the crew got it figured out and now the trucks are driving incredibly well. It was a good day. Nobody likes to lose. But, unlike a lot of people, I’m not a sore loser. I’m happy for Aric and Billy (Ballew, team owner) and Richie Wauters (crew chief) and the whole bunch. They worked hard. They’ve proved that they can put any driver in there and win now. That means a lot to a race team and a group of guys that work their guts out every week to put these things on the race track. I’m proud of them to go out there and be able to do that,” said Bodine.
The next race on the Truck Series schedule is at Iowa Speedway on July 11th. To keep yourself busy in the coming off-weeks, be sure to look for Germain Racing drivers Zach Germain in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Michael Annett in NNS and Max Papis in the Sprint Cup Series.
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