Todd Bodine lays down plans for a temporary NASCAR return.


Todd Bodine lays down plans for a temporary NASCAR return.

The driver known as “The Onion” has revealed some big plans for the 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Todd Bodine, a two-time Truck Series champion, intends to make six starts to reach 800 in all three series.

Bodine spoke to PA Homepage about his goal for the 2022 season and explained why he has opted for possibly six more starts. He also explained how the process began to come together. Camping World’s CEO Marcus Lemonis started it all by tweeting that he needed 800 reasons from fans on Twitter as to why Bodine should return to the Truck Series and hit the all-important milestone. They responded forcefully and quickly hit the 800 tweet goal. Now Bodine has the chance to achieve 800 career starts as the 28th driver.

“I didn’t think it meant that much to me,” Bodine told PA Homepage. “I knew about it two years ago, it didn’t really bother me. But now it’s like ‘this is really cool’. ”He went on to explain how the fans played an important role in potentially securing him the six race deal. He doesn’t have a list of possible races yet, but the Pocono Raceway remains an option. Bodine stated that he has not yet won a Tricky Triangle race.

Bodine last started in the Truck Series in 2013. He made eight starts – seven with ThorSport Racing and one with Turner Scott Motorsports. His last race in the series was an 11th place on the Pocono Raceway on August 3, 2013. Bodine, however, last took part in the Xfinity Series. He adapted for a race at Charlotte Motor Speedway during the 2017 season.

The 57-year-old driver who became a FOX Sports Analyst has made a name for himself as one of the best drivers in the Truck Series. He made 220 starts in 11 years including full-time seasons from 2005-2012. Bodine, however, began taking victories before he even had a busy schedule.

The Onion first hit Victory Lane while running a 10 race schedule, mostly with Germain Racing. He secured consecutive victories at what is now the Auto Club Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. Those victories began a seven-year run in which Bodine won at least two races.

Bodine’s best season in the Truck Series came in 2006 and 2010 when he secured his two championships. In 2006 he drove three wins and twelve top five finishes for Germain Racing and held Johnny Benson Jr. for the title. He added another four wins and 17 top five to his résumé in 2010, ousting Aric Almirola for the championship trophy.

Bodine was not only successful in the Truck Series. He also hit Victory Lane several times while competing in today’s Xfinity Series and running with a variety of teams.

Bodine first appeared on the series in 1986 and made a start. In a period of 26 years he made 333 starts and won 15 different races. He has been successful on a variety of routes including Bristol, Darlington, Dover, Auto Club Speedway, Michigan, Rockingham, Kentucky, Las Vegas, Nazareth, and South Boston.

The veteran never secured a championship in today’s Xfinity Series, but he came very close. He finished second overall in the 1997 championship standings while Randy LaJoie won the trophy.

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