Commentary

Truck wins come easy for Bodine at TMS

Updated: June 3, 2010, 1:25 AM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

Todd Bodine doesn't need any help locating Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway.

The 46-year-old contender in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series broke two TMS records with his victory last June in the WinStar World Casino 400k. He passed Brenden Gaughan for most truck wins at TMS and most wins in a single series at TMS. He also became the first NASCAR truck series driver to win five races at one track.

Bodine has collected all those wins in a five-year period, starting in 2004. He had a memorable win in 2006, making a pass on the final lap (the only lap he led) for the victory. He went on to win his only truck series championship that season.

He returns to Fort Worth in search of his first win of 2010. But his consistent finishes -- six top 5s in seven starts -- have him sitting on top of the standings by just two points over Aric Almirola. Bodine can't wait to get back to his comfort zone in Texas when the green flag waves Friday night at 7:30 p.m. for the Winstar World Casino 400k.

"We feel like we've got a shot to win every race there," Bodine said last week. "The race fans in the area are phenomenal and we've had great trucks that handle well and go fast."

Bodine said the track suits his driving style more than most.

"It's get up on the wheel and go as hard as you can," Bodine said. "You have to run the thing free and keep the momentum up and that's something I've tried to do."

Despite his place in the standings, Bodine called his season inconsistent. Much of that stems from his inability to win a race so far this season, which is unusual for him. His only finish outside the top 10 was because of an overheating engine at Martinsville. Still, he hasn't been completely pleased with the trucks as the races start, forcing his crew into several adjustments. They've made those adjustments and kept Bodine competitive.

"We've been able to get top 5s, but we haven't had really good trucks," Bodine said. "To be able to get top 5s with trucks that don't handle well -- that's how you get championships. You have to make good runs out of a bad truck. We feel we can be a little better."

That's why the timing of Friday's race is a good one for Bodine.

"No matter how we're doing, Texas feels good for us," Bodine said. "Hopefully, we can get another win there."

Richard Durrett covers motor sports for ESPNDallas.com. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag.

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