Todd Bodine

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Todd Bodine
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Bodine (left) at an autograph signing.
Born (1964-02-27) February 27, 1964 (age 50)
Chemung, New York, U.S.
Achievements 2006 Craftsman Truck Series Champion
2010 Camping World Truck Series Champion
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
241 race(s) run over 18 year(s)
Best finish 20th (1994)
First race 1992 Budweiser At The Glen (Watkins Glen)
Last race 2011 Pure Michigan 400 (Michigan)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 21 5
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
327 race(s) run over 22 year(s)
Car no., team No. 55 (Viva Motorsports)
Best finish 2nd (1997)
First race 1986 Nationwise 150 (Martinsville)
Last race 2014 Buckle Up 200 (Dover)
First win 1991 Budweiser 200 (Dover)
Last win 2003 Darlingtonraceway.com 200 (Darlington)
Wins Top tens Poles
15 160 7
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
220 race(s) run over 11 year(s)
2013 position 28th
Best finish 1st (2006, 2010)
First race 1995 Heartland Tailgate 175 (Topeka)
Last race 2013 Pocono Mountains 125 (Pocono)
First win 2004 American Racing Wheels 200 (California)
Last win 2012 Lucas Oil 200 (Dover)
Wins Top tens Poles
22 124 7
Statistics current as of May 31, 2014.

Todd Bodine (born February 27, 1964) is an American stock car racing driver. Todd is the younger brother of former racers Geoffrey and Brett Bodine. Bodine is known for his bald head, which has given him the nickname The Onion.[1]

Early career[edit]

Bodine would make his Busch Series debut in 1986, for Pistone Racing at Martinsville. He qualified and finished 27th in the 30-car field, falling out of the race early with an engine problem.

Bodine went on a three year hiatus from the series until 1990, when he would drive eight races for Diamond Ridge Motorsports #42/#81 Ames Pontiac, making his season debut at Martinsville. He started 11th and finished in the 8th position. He then followed that up with finishes of 7th at Orange County and 3rd at Dover Downs.

In 1991, he signed to drive for Frank Cicci In his first full season in the series, he won his first career race, one of 15 top-10s in 1991. Bodine also won his first two poles: Back to back at Dublin and South Boston. He ended the year seventh in points.

1990s[edit]

Bodine's career in Cup started at Watkins Glen International Raceway on August 9, 1992 when he was 28 years old. He raced the #34 Ford Thunderbird for Cicci-Welliver Racing, finishing 37th. His first full-time season came in 1994 when he raced for Butch Mock Motorsports. He raced the #75 Ford Thunderbird sponsored by Factory Stores. He missed one race the whole season and scored two Top 5's and 7 Top 10's on his way to a 20th place position in the point standings. He was unable to match those statistics in 1995 as he finished 33rd in the points with only one Top 5 and 3 Top 10s. Following his release from Butch Mock, Bodine spent 1996, filling in for Bill Elliott in a four-race span, finishing 10th at Pocono. He also drove three races apiece for David Blair Motorsports and Andy Petree Racing. In 1997, he filled in for Ricky Craven at Hendrick Motorsports at Texas and for his brother Geoff at Charlotte Motor Speedway, before he won the pole at Watkins Glen for Cicci-Welliver in a one-race deal. He finished 35th due to engine problems in that race. Todd started races for five different teams in 1997. At Loudon, he relieved Jeff Burton, who had an inner ear problem and exited his Roush Racing car after 68 laps.

He has a daughter named Ashlyn. She was born May 21, 1998.

For 1998, he signed with a new team called ISM Racing. Unfortunately, the team struggled ' he was temporarily replaced by Loy Allen, Jr. for the Pepsi 400 in July, then after the race was delayed to October was fired by the team before the next race at New Hampshire International Speedway.[2] He went back to Cicci-Welliver in the Busch Series, replacing rookie Mike Cope in the #30 Slim Jim car. He finished 33rd in points despite running 13 races, and posted a string of five consecutive top-five finishes. He also ran part-time in cup for LJ Racing, posting a fifth at Atlanta.

In 1999, his Cicci-Welliver team switched to #66, and he posted ten top-fives en route a fourth-place points finish. In addition, he ran seven races for Eel River Racing at the Cup level, his best finish being 15th at Bristol. In 2000, he won a pole at Talladega as well as the race at Michigan.

2000–2004[edit]

Todd Bodine during the Ford 300 during the 2007 Ford Championship Weekend at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.

He would get back into Cup racing full-time in 2001 while racing the #66 K-Mart Ford Taurus which was owned by Haas-Carter Motorsports. Despite getting three poles, he only scored two Top 5's, missed the Daytona 500, and was plagued with 12 DNFs, causing him to finish 29th in points. He also won the exhibition No-Bull Sprint, which put him into the Winston at Lowe's Motor Speedway. He also ran half the schedule in the Busch Series, winning two of the first three races of the season with Buckshot Racing, before ending the season driving for Fitz Motorsports. He started 2002 with the 66, but lost his ride after Kmart filed for bankruptcy. He signed on to Herzog Motorsports and won the Kroger 300, finishing 23rd in points. During the season, he rejoined Haas-Carter when Discover Card became the team's primary sponsor. He garnered a fifth-place run at Richmond, and finished 38th in points. In 2003, Carter partnered with Sam Belnavis to field the #54 United States National Guard Ford for Bodine. Bodine's best finish that year was an eighth at Pocono and he finished 31st in standings. After that year, Belnavis abandoned the operation and took sponsors National Guard and Subway to Roush Racing and the Carter team closed its doors due to lack of sponsorship. Bodine also got a win at Darlington in the Busch Series for Herzog and led the Busch Series points standings but again a lack of sponsorship forced his team to close. He ended the season at Innovative Motorsports. He split 2004 between Mach 1 Racing, Arnold Motorsports, and R&J Racing, his best finish a 23rd at Bristol. He ran five Busch races for GIC-Mixon Motorsports and Marsh Racing, finishing fifth at Homestead.

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

Bodine made his Craftsman Truck Series debut in 1995 driving for Roush Racing's #61 Ford for 5 races. In his debut, Bodine qualified 3rd on the road course at Heartland Park Topeka, and finished fourth. His worst finish was at Mesa Marin Raceway, where he finished eighth an 8th place, earned his best start of 2nd and led his first career lap.

Bodine (#30) battling with Mike Skinner at TMS in 2007.
Bodine's 2013 truck at Rockingham Speedway

Bodine did not run the Trucks again until 2004, when he competed for Fiddleback Racing at Charlotte, finishing 20th and also ran for HT Motorsports's #59 Dodge at Kansas with a 15th. Later, he signed with the new Germain-Arnold Racing team, finishing 4th in their debut at Richmond. After losing in Vegas to Shane Hmiel, Bodine won his first two career races back-to-back at Fontana and Texas. Competing in ten events, Bodine averaged a 13th place finish in his events, despite falling out of three with mechanical issues. Unfortunately, neither Bodine nor crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. were happy with contract issues and the team leadership. So Bodine parted ways with the team and went back to Fiddleback Racing, where he would drive in 2005. Bodine was able to earn four top-10s with the team in ten starts, but inconsistency was weighing him down to 8th place in points. Fiddleback also had no funding and after a 9th place at Michigan the team was disbanded.

Germain-Arnold signed to have him come back. He won in his second race with the team at Kansas and rolled to four more victories, including three straight at the end of the season. By winning the final three races of the season, he made a serious run for the title. With four races remaining in the season Todd was fourth in the standings, a dismal 256 points behind leader Ted Musgrave. With Bodine's three wins, he was able to gain one spot to third and an entire 183 points on Musgrave to finish only 73 points behind.

In 2006, Bodine was once again behind the wheel of the #30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota. Bodine won at Atlanta, Gateway, and Texas. Bodine won the 2006 Craftsman Truck Series championship on November 17, 2006 by 122 points over Johnny Benson; it was Bodine's first-ever championship in any division. Starting in 2009 Lumber Liquidators left the #30 truck, while Copart came along to become the sponsor for the season, while still driving for Germain Racing.

On November 13, 2010, Bodine won his 2nd Camping World Truck Series title.[3]

For 2011, Bodine struggled with consistency, as he suffered bad luck in most of the first 10 races. Sponsorship was also a constant issue for the #30 team, and they managed to run 10 races with limited sponsorship. However, after Kentucky, Germain was unable to send the 30 team to Iowa without a sponsor. The week before the race at Iowa, Germain partnered with Randy Moss Motorsports to put Bodine in their 5 truck for the rest of 2011. Bodine went winless in 2011, and subsequently left Germain when the team decided to put its focus on the Sprint Cup Series.

In 2012, Bodine was picked up by Red Horse Racing to run a full schedule.[4] Bodine would run subsequent races with ToyotaCare sponsorship, and won the sixth race of the season, at Dover International Speedway, in a rain-shortened event.[5]

Bodine started the 2013 season driving for ThorSport Racing at Daytona International Speedway, finishing 11th.

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No doubt about this victory". Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  2. ^ "Bodine fired by ISM Racing". Lawrence Journal-World (Lawrence, KS). July 10, 1998. p. 7C. Retrieved 2014-08-16. 
  3. ^ "Bowyer wins race, but Bodine clinches second title". Retrieved 21-20-2010. 
  4. ^ Moody, Dave (January 31, 2012). "Bodine: "We Have A Deal For Daytona."". Sirius Speedway. Sirius/XM NASCAR Radio. Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  5. ^ Gelston, Dan (June 1, 2012). "Bodine wins rain-shortened Trucks race at Dover". The Sacramento Bee. Sacramento, CA. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ted Musgrave
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Champion
2006
Succeeded by
Ron Hornaday, Jr.
Preceded by
Ron Hornaday, Jr.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion
2010
Succeeded by
Austin Dillon