Bodine Now A Two-Timer

Todd Bodine kisses the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship trophy after clinching his second series title at Phoenix Int’l Raceway in Avondale, Ariz., in November, 2010. (HHP/Erik Perel Photo)
PUCKER UP: Todd Bodine kisses the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship trophy after clinching his second series title Friday night at Phoenix Int’l Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. (HHP/Erik Perel Photo)

AVONDALE, Ariz. — When Todd Bodine clinched the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship Friday night at Phoenix Int’l Raceway, he became just the third driver to score multiple championships in the series.

It was Bodine’s second NCWTS championship. He joins Jack Sprague and Ron Hornaday, Jr. as the only drivers to win the truck championship more than once in their careers.

“It’s pretty awesome,” Bodine said. “It’s a little disappointing because our performance tonight was terrible. We just really missed it. It shows the character of this team all year long to never give up. We knocked up a lot of top fives and that’s what really did it for us. We have four wins, which is great, but the top fives and consistency of this team and how hard these guys work every week — that’s what got us here to this point.”

A 12th-place finish for Germain Motorsports was all Bodine needed to clinch the championship over Aric Almirola, who finished fifth.

“I’m proud to be part of a race team that can do what we do every week and year after year. We’ve never finished out of the top four in points,” Bodine said. “That says a lot about Junior [Mike Hillman, Jr., crew chief] and the way he operates his team and his guys and all the guys that we have. It’s just a tremendous effort for five years now and to get number two is validation for number one. So, it’s pretty special.”

Ironically, Bodine’s championship effort came without being sponsored this year, making the team’s achievement fairly remarkable.

“We didn’t have a sponsor, but the Germain brothers decided last winter that we were going to race this 30 truck no matter what,” Bodine explained. “They were going to come out of their pockets to make this happen knowing that we have a team that can go out and win races, run up front and win championships. They knew that they had that kind of team. They put that commitment, that trust in Junior and Senior [Mike Hillman, general manager] and myself and all these guys, that we can go out and get it done. So, for them to have and Germain Motor Co. on this truck — that makes us proud. We had Valvoline on here four times this year and we were really proud to represent them — they have been so good to our sport and been a great partner for Germain and Germain Racing. They knew we could win this championship. We have a great team. We have a never-give-up attitude — that’s what brought us to this point and got us here. We never give up. We’ve been down and we’ve been laps down and come back and win races. We don’t give up and I’m proud to be the guy that drives this Toyota Tundra for a great race team.”