No. 11 Toyota Care Toyota Tundra
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series | Race 12 of 22
Michigan International Speedway | VFW 200
Continuing Consistency: Two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Todd Bodine travels with his No. 11 Toyota Care Tundra team to Michigan International Speedway this weekend, where he has shown solid consistency at the 2-mile oval. In seven previous NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) starts, Bodine has produced five top-10 finishes, and has completed 100 percent of the laps in every event. For this Saturday’s VFW 200, crew chief Rick Gay has prepared one of the most consistent Tundras Bodine has driven all season, with hopes to get back to the front and rebound from a tough break at Pocono.
Though the No. 11 Toyota Care team suffered a heavy blow last weekend, among others throughout the season, Bodine knows that the only remedy is to leave the past in the rear view and focus on the remainder of the season.
“It’s been a pretty tough season for our Tundra team but we’re not going to look at the negatives. In our situation, you have to look at the positives and how fast we’ve been even if we don’t have the finishes that show for it. Simply put, we need to focus on finishing and winning races from here on out,” Bodine explained.
Dedication During Off Week: Todd Bodine joined brothers Brett and Geoff last Saturday during the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver’s meeting at Watkins Glen International to help celebrate the dedication of the Bodine Grandstands. The track renamed one of its grandstand sections in honor of the Bodine family during the off-season to recognize the family’s ties to the region, as well as their contributions to the track.
Fish Your Bass Off: Bodine will join several other NASCAR drivers and professional anglers for the “Fish Your Bass Off” tournament, held near the Michigan International Speedway at Wampler’s Lake on Thursday, August 16. Bodine participated in the charitable event last year as well, fishing to raise awareness and funds for the host of the event, MIS Cares. A non-profit organization under the NASCAR Foundation umbrella, MIS Cares’ mission is to create a lasting, positive impact on the community through charitable giving and volunteer efforts. For more info, visit MISpeedway.com.
Appearance Schedule: Todd Bodine and teammate Timothy Peters will participate in the NCWTS open-garage autograph session at Michigan International Speedway on Friday, August 17th from 4-5:00 pm.
Chassis History: Rick Gay and the No. 11 Toyota Care team have prepared chassis number 141 for Bodine this weekend at Michigan. This Tundra has proven to be one of the most solid chassis in the Red Horse Racing stable, with Bodine piloting it to two top-five finishes this season at Kansas Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Previous Race Recap: Traveling with a brand new Toyota Tundra in tow and many laps of experience in his NASCAR career on the “Tricky Triangle”, Todd Bodine came to Pocono Raceway prepared to take his No. 11 NEPA Toyota Dealers Tundra to the front in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Pocono Mountains 125. After making several changes from practice through the first half of the race, Bodine and his team emerged as contenders for the win at the halfway point. Running inside the top five all afternoon, Bodine’s solid run came to a crashing halt on lap 38 as he was sent into the inside retaining wall and knocked out of contention. He ended the afternoon in the garage, bringing home a 26th place finish.
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Todd Bodine on Michigan International Speedway
What do you expect from the new racing surface?
“The track is going to have a lot of grip, and from what I hear from the tire test, running wide open for several laps is not a problem. The racing will be a lot different from what it used to be; it’s going to be similar to Daytona and Talladega and drafting will be very important.”
What is your favorite memory from Michigan?
“In 1992, I won the very first Nationwide Series race there. It’s always special to get to victory lane anywhere, but because it was the first race there, and I beat 11 cup drivers that were also in the field that day, that win stands out.”
About Red Horse Racing: Founded in 2005 by former Mobil Corporation executive Tom DeLoach and NASCAR veteran Jeff Hammond, Red Horse Racing aims to be a professional racing team that strives for excellence on and off the race track. Red Horse Racing hopes to build and maintain solid, mutual relationships with its partners to win races and championships and to represent itself in a professional manner. The team has eight victories and seven poles in its brief existence. DeLoach and Hammond also own Performance Instruction Training (PIT), the number one pit crew training center in the world that also has many corporate training options that include team-building, lean manufacturing, motorsports demonstrations and more.
Michigan Int’l Speedway
Average Start: 9.1
Average Finish: 7.1
August 18, 2012
Michigan Int’l Speedway
100 Laps, 200 Miles
TV: Live at 12:00 p.m. ET on SPEED Channel
Radio: Live at 12:15 pm EST on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Engine: Joe Gibbs Racing Engines