Tag Archives: Todd Bodine

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Nationwide and Trucks: 2008 Easter Edition

While Sprint Cup and Craftsman Truck teams were home this Easter weekend -- spending quality time with family and catching up on March Madness -- the Nationwide Series spent Saturday afternoon roaring around Nashville Superspeedway, the series' sixth stop this season. While this column is normally reserved for discussing the trends of the hottest and coldest teams in Sprint Cup, on this off week we'll take a quick look at what's going on in the other series; and considering who's raced most recently, Nationwide plays a prominent role in the column to come. Oh, you want to know about the race? Well, Scott Wimmer took advantage of a Kyle Busch spin this weekend to pick up his first win since July of 2003, and the series' first non-Sprint Cup winner since Jason Leffler in July of last year. Wimmer is hot, averaging a 10.3 finish in his three starts this season, but come in and see who else is sharing that fire in this week's edition of Who's Hot/Who's Not. At this point, we take a look at which non-Buschwackers, or Nationwhackers, or Insurance Adjusters, or whatever they're called now, in NASCAR's other two premier series.

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: West Coast Rookies

After an exciting season opener at Daytona International Speedway, the series heads out west for the San Bernardino County 200 at California Speedway. In 2000, a young rookie by the name of Kurt Busch won the Motorola 200 at California to close out the truck series season. That win was his fourth of the season, and Busch remains the only Truck Series rookie to score a win at the 2-mile track. Since Kurt Busch's win in 2000, no rookie has finished better than third, the result posted by Jon Wood in 2001 and Brendan Gaughan in 2002. The 2008 rookie class looks to change that on Saturday. Last week at Daytona, five rookies finished in the top 15 in the Chevy Silverado 250, and the only rookie to finish outside that top 15 was Colin Braun, who was caught up in the big accident on lap 24.

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Tracking the Trucks: 2008 Chevy Silverado 250 at Daytona

Todd Bodine took the checkered flag ahead of Kyle Busch to win the Craftsman Truck Series' season opener at Daytona International Speedway Friday night. Bodine held off a late-race charge by Kyle Busch and Johnny Benson and crossed the finish line just 0.077 seconds ahead of Busch in the Chevy Silverado 250 to score his first win at the superspeedway. David Starr and Rick Crawford rounded out the top five.

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Tracking the Trucks: 2007 Mountain Dew 250 at Talladega

Todd Bodine took the checkered flag 0.014 seconds ahead of Rick Crawford to win at Talladega on Saturday afternoon. Bodine survived an intense three-wide battle with Crawford and Johnny Benson to win his second race of the season. Jason Leffler and Dennis Setzer rounded out the top five. Rookie of the year contender Willie Allen finished sixth, his best finish of the season, followed by Ron Hornaday Jr. in seventh. Chad Chaffin, Regan Smith, and Jon Wood rounded out the top 10.

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: Toyota Looking for Back-to-Back Championships

In 2000, Toyota ventured into the big sea of NASCAR racing; first dipping their toes in the water in the Goody's Dash Series. Robert Huffman delivered their first win the following year, and scored their first championship in 2003. The manufacturer entered the Craftsman Truck Series beginning with the 2004 season. Just two years later, Todd Bodine drove Toyota to their first truck series championship in 2006. Now, with just 10 races remaining in the 2007 season, Toyota is looking at the very strong possibility of back-to-back championships.

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: 2007 Mid-Season Review

The Craftsman Truck Series is going into their 12th off-weekend of the season, and beside Travis Kvapil and Mike Beam getting penalized for infractions at Kentucky, not much is going on. But the Truck Series has passed an important milestone. Saturday night's race at Kentucky was race number 13 in the 25 race season. We have officially made it past the halfway point of the season. So how is everything going with the truck series?

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Tracking the Trucks: 2006 Ford 200 at Homestead

Mark Martin, making his final Truck Series start for Roush Racing, won his grand finale Friday night in the Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The win was Martin's sixth of the season in just 14 starts. Second-place Brendan Gaughan finished 2.613 seconds behind Martin, with Erik Darnell, Bobby Hamilton Jr. and Jack Sprague rounding out the top five.

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Todd Bodine Doesn’t Have the Trophy… Yet

Get ready for an exciting weekend of racing in the Craftsman Truck Series. That's right... it's that time again. Championship weekend. Sure, most eyes will be on the Nextel Cup Series Chase for the Cup, but my eyes sit on the Craftsman Truck Series race. And although he has a 112-point cushion over second place Johnny Benson, Todd Bodine doesn't have it officially in the bag quite yet.

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Tracking the Trucks: 2006 Casino Arizona 150 at Phoenix

Polesitter Johnny Benson went from first... to last... to first again, winning his fifth career Craftsman Truck Series race in Phoenix Friday night after spinning out on the first lap of the race. Benson finished 0.429 seconds ahead of Mark Martin in the Casino Arizona 150. Mike Skinner, Todd Bodine, and Matt Crafton rounded out the top five.

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Battle Royale… with Trucks?

There's a championship battle heating up, and it's not in Nextel Cup with its made for TV, NFL-wannabe Chase (although those points are artificially tight). It's not in the NASCAR Busch Series, either - that title could be wrapped up as soon as Friday night, even though there's still five races remaining in the season. No, the points race this year finds itself in the Craftsman Truck Series... where things find themselves just getting heated up.

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