SPEED.com has selected NASCAR’s top 10 drivers — across the three major national series — in 2010 and will spotlight them for two weeks. Today: No. 8 – Camping World Truck Series champion Todd Bodine.
Todd Bodine seems to have found a permanent — and very productive — home in the Camping World Truck Series.
The driver known as the Onion blitzed the competition in the series in 2010, winning four times, scoring 20 top 10s and running away with the Truck championship. Bodine finished a relaxed 12th in the next-to-last race of the season at Phoenix to lock up the title and coast through the following week’s finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Bodine has been one of the series’ kingpins since he teamed with Germain Racing to run the circuit full time in 2005. He finished third in points that year on the way to winning his first series championship the following season.
He finished fourth in ’07, third in ’08, fourth in ’09 and bounced back to the forefront this season to dominate the point standings.
In winning title No. 2, Bodine became only the third driver — after Ron Hornaday Jr. and Jack Sprague — to score multiple Truck championships.
And he did so under conditions that were less than pleasant as Germain started the year with financial questions before nailing down sponsorship.
Bodine had a remarkably consistent season. He was no lower than third in points all year, and he took the lead for good after the seventh race of the year at Charlotte in May.
“This year – with just a few minor hiccups, we had a top-five truck every week,” Bodine said. “And to be that consistent, that’s pretty incredible in any division. I don’t care if you’re running street stocks at your local short track. To be able to do that week-in and week-out says a lot for the team.”
Bodine won races at Texas, Nashville, Darlington and Kentucky.
He failed to finish only one race — the third race of the season at Martinsville. He parked with overheating problems.
Mike Hembree is NASCAR Editor for SPEED.com and has been covering motorsports for 28 years. He has written several books on NASCAR, including "NASCAR: The Definitive History of America's Sport" and "Then Tony Said To Junior: The Best NASCAR Stories Ever Told". He is a six-time winner of the National Motorsports Press Association Writer of the Year Award.