Mooresville, NC (September 20, 2010) – Widely regarded as one of the top drivers in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series history, Todd Bodine is a native of Chemung, NY. Shortly after catching the racing bug, Bodine moved south and settled in the Charlotte, NC, area, which serves as the epicenter of NASCAR. There is something to be said for ‘home sweet home’, but the 2006 Truck Series Champion feels just as comfortable when he settles into his room at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa in Las Vegas.
While he has raced in America’s biggest races at some of the most historic racetracks, Bodine seems to favor Las Vegas. Aside from his demonstrated success at the 1.5-mile D-shaped oval, which includes two victories, Bodine maintains a longstanding friendship with fellow Truck Series competitor Brendan Gaughan and his father, Michael Gaughan, a hotel and casino proprietor who provides him with his Las Vegas home away from home at South Point.
“Janet (wife) and I always enjoy coming to Las Vegas because of the atmosphere at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the treatment we receive at the South Point. I’ve known Brendan and Mr. Gaughan for many years and count them among our closest friends,” Bodine said. “There’s something about flying into Vegas and seeing the bright lights and all of the energy the city provides. It’s really special.” He continued, “I also like what LVMS has done with the infield because the Fan Experience gives NASCAR fans great access to the garage and to their favorite drivers.”
Bodine’s New Year kicked off in a special way when he married the love of his life, Janet, in a South Florida ceremony that included only their closest friends and family members. In a scene more suited for a NASCAR starting grid, Bodine was side-by-side with close friend Brendan Gaughan when the ceremony got underway.
While Bodine’s personal life was in perfect harmony, the Truck Series season would quickly follow suit.
2010 has Bodine and his #30 Toyota Tundra showing near domination of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Six races remain on the schedule and he now holds one of the largest point leads in Truck Series history. Having visited Victory Lane four times this season, Bodine and the Germain Racing team are coming to Las Vegas with one thing in mind: Winning.
When asked about his expectations for this weekend’s Smith’s Food & Drug Stores 350, Bodine answered bluntly and with a veteran’s calm.
“We go every week to win the race and if we can’t win the race, then we do the best we can and have the best points day possible,” Bodine said. “I’m appreciative of the support of the Germain Racing team and Valvoline this week, so when I get to Vegas I’m focused on one thing and that’s getting to Victory Lane; that’s the only reason we’re at the track.”
One thing is for certain and that is when Bodine arrives in the Entertainment Capital of the World, he will be putting on a show of his own when the green flag is displayed at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday night.
Bodine and the #30 Valvoline Toyota Tundra will hit the 1.5-mile D-shaped oval of Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the opening practice session at 12:00 PM (EDT) on Saturday, September 25th. Final practice follows at 1:45 PM (EDT), while qualifying is at 6:15 PM (EDT).
The Smith’s Food & Drug Stores 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race begins on Saturday, September 25th, at 9:00 PM (EDT) and will be televised live on SPEED television network. Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.
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