Mooresville, N.C. (08-29-2010) – Chicagoland Speedway hosted a repeat of its inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday night. Germain Racing’s Todd Bodine earned the Keystone Light Pole Award, and put the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra out front on three different occasions during the 154-lap EnjoyIllinois.com 225. As the laps drew to a close, Truck Series fans were treated to another outstanding showdown between fellow Toyota Tundra drivers Bodine and Kyle Busch. Bodine took the runner-up position for the second consecutive Chicagoland race and added 25 points to his lead in the Truck Series championship battle.
“It was a pretty good race for our Germain.com Tundra tonight. We would start the runs a little loose and then get a little tight at the end of the run. On the last run we were really good. The pit crew adjusted the air pressure in the tires and got the truck handling really good. The one time I got outside of Kyle (Busch) he pinched us up in the wall. Then I got under him going into turn three and got loose. That’s just a function of the way the aero package is,” explained Bodine. “We had a great Tundra. Second-place stinks, but we’ll take it. It’s another good points night and another good run. It shows how solid this Germain Racing team is every week and what kind of trucks that they bring to the race tracks. It was just another good night.”
Since Germain Racing’s Bodine has been atop the Truck Series points, the question from the media ranks that persists is “when will it be time to do some points racing?” Bodine hopes the hard racing with race winner Busch at Chicagoland will put an exclamation point on the answer that he and crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. have given out since May.
“I would hope that Friday night shows we aren’t points racing. I actually had a guy say that to me outside. He said, ‘You didn’t look like you were points racing when you stuck it on the outside of Kyle (Busch).’ And we’re not. We’re here to win. That’s what we’re paid to do. That’s what burns in each one of us. Every guy that walks through that garage area wants to win and we’re no different. We come here every week, we unload that Germain.com Tundra and our goal is to win the race. If we can’t win then we evaluate the situation and do the best we can with what we’ve got and get the most points that we can. That’s points racing. Our first goal is to get to victory lane and get the checkered flag,” said Bodine, who has been atop the Truck Series championship standings since May.
Hillman says the team’s commitment to getting the best finish possible is what has made the 236-point lead possible.
“All the hard work from everyone at Germain Racing, Toyota and Triad showed this week in Chicago. The Germain.com Tundra was excellent and with what we learned, our team is very much looking forward to racing at Kentucky Speedway next,” said Hillman.
Bodine, Hillman and the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra crew race next at Kentucky Speedway on September 3rd. Watch the action on SPEED, Friday night, at 7:30 PM, Eastern, or tune in to your local MRN affiliate.
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