By AMANDA VINCENT
The CRC Brakleen 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., was the 800th NASCAR national series race for Todd Bodine. It was planned to be his last NASCAR start but the racing veteran hinted a possible change of plans after falling out of the race.
“Heck, maybe I’ll have to make 801,” Bodine said.
Bodine was credited with a 36th, last, place finish in what was, presumably, his final race after involvement in a lap-12 wreck that began between Bodine and Hailie Deegan.
“It’s definitely not how we wanted this to go,” Bodine said. “It’s racing. I’ve been here before. I’ve wrecked before. This is part of the game.”
Through a deal with Halmar Friesen Racing with sponsorship from Camping World, Bodine returned to the Truck Series with a six-race deal to bring his national starts tally to 800 races. He last raced full-time in NASCAR in the Truck Series in 2012 and ran part time in either the Truck or NASCAR Xfinity Series through 2017.
Bodine contested races in all three of NASCAR’s nation series, including 241 Cup Series races between 1992 and 2011. His Cup Series stats include seven top-fives and 21 top-10 race finishes.
Bodine was a winner in both the Xfinity and Truck series. He won 15 of 333 Xfinity Series races. He experienced his highest level of NASCAR success in the Truck Series with the 2006 and 2010 series championships and 22 wins in 226 races.
Bodine’s six Truck Series starts in 2022 included a top-10 — a 10th at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.