Bodine breezes to win at Superspeedway, bids farewell to Fairgrounds

Sunday, August 8, 2010 at 12:06pm
Larry Woody

GLADEVILLE – Todd Bodine put the wraps on Nashville Superspeedway’s 10th season with a victory in Saturday night’s NASCAR truck race, and afterwards tipped his hat to apparently-doomed Fairgrounds Speedway.

“This is my first win in a lot of years of racing in Nashville, including several at the Fairgrounds,” Bodine, whose older brother Geoff won the final NASCAR Cup race run at Fairgrounds Speedway in 1984, said. “I understand that the old track is going to be closed after this year and I’m sorry to hear it. I always enjoyed racing there.”

Bodine finally was able to exit Music City with a guitar over his shoulder – the Superspeedway’s trademark trophy, a hand-painted Gibson – by blowing away the field in the Nashville 200 before an announced crowd of 12,000.

The victory was the 19th of Bodine’s career in the NASCAR Camping World Series, and he made it look easy. He started his Toyota on the pole and led twice for 91 of the 150 laps, including the final 88. He sailed across the finish line with runner-up Austin Dillon a distant speck in his rear-view mirror.

Asked if he enjoyed a romp like that more than a tense fight to the finish, Bodine smiled and said: “It’s fun both ways. But to really go out and stomp on them like this is a testament to this team and the hard work it’s done.”

Dillon, grandson of prominent team owner Richard Childress and one of the series’ most promising young drivers, said, “Every race is a learning experience and things are coming together for us.”

Aric Almirola came in third and is second in the standings to Bodine, a whopping 174 points back.

“If Todd keeps running like that, there’s nothing we can do,” Almirola shrugged. “After it was over I told Todd, ‘It’s your year.’”

Clarksville’s Clay Greenfield finished 24th in the 35-truck field, and Nashville’s Bobby Hamilton, Jr., was 25th.

The victory was Bodine’s first in eight races at the Superspeedway, which concluded its first decade of operation. It is expected to continue to host two NASCAR Nationwide Series races and two NASCAR truck races next year, and officials hope to package the four races into two weekend doubleheaders.
 

9 Comments on this post:

By: 117_acres on 8/8/10 at 4:33

Just curious but can Larry Woody write a story without mentioning the Fairgrounds Speedway. Instead of writing a story commemorating Nashville Super Speedway's 10th anniversary Mr. Woody steals the spotlight from the Nashville Super Speedway by making this story as well as almost every other racing story about the Fairgrounds Speedway. Mr. Woody continues to allow personal/subjective feelings to get in the way of his ability to focus on one story, he may want to consider retiring for good. Mr. Woody this story should have been written about the Nashville Super Speedway not the Fairgrounds Speedway.

By: racer84 on 8/8/10 at 5:04

Kinda like how with any story that mentions the Fairgrounds you log on and make a foolish biased comment against those of us like Woody and Myself who know how special the track is to us and other fans.

Since you brought up stealing.....

Congrats to the Superspeedway, 10 years later and you still can't produce a crowd larger than the Fairgrounds. Looking forward to the events you stole coming back to the Fairgrounds. I predict the first races back to the Fairgrounds will produce crowds at least 3 times the size of those in Gladeville. Every driver in every field will applaud the move.

By: 117_acres on 8/8/10 at 6:16

Ricky Bobby aka racer84

The difference between my comments and Larry Woody's story is that I'm not a writer covering the Nashville Super Speedway. Unlike the Fairgrounds Speedway the Nashville Super Speedway is trying to make it in the "professional racing circuit". The Tennessean pointed out a couple of weekends ago the racers at the fairgrounds, race, because it is a hobby for them. Unfortunately, for the Fairgrounds Speedway the pleas to save it are emotional ones. Emotional pleas don't fund the tax base revenue in Nashville. The hobby racers like yourself seem to forget that the Fairgrounds Speedway sits on public land not private. The Nashville Super Speedway is on private land and is privately funded which is another reason Larry Woody should have written a better story about the 10 year anniversary. The Nashville Super Speedway has a lot to lose if they are not successful. The fairgrounds speedway with the exception of whoever is leasing the facility has nothing to lose because it is a venue that sits on Metro Nashville property.

I can be biased I'm not a writer for a newspaper in Nashville like Mr. Woody is. What would the City Paper do if the Nashville Super Speedway quit advertising with them because that can't get covered without the writer mentioning another racing venue or if they got sponsors of the Nashville Super Speedway to stop advertising with them. This story should have been all about the Nashville Super Speedway. I'm not aware of you racer or the Fairgrounds Speedway advertising the races at the Fairgrounds with the Nashville City Paper.

Maybe after the fairgrounds speedway closes Nashville Super Speedway will get the fairgrounds racers together and build you all a short track somewhere on their property to continue weekly racing or in the case of this year monthly racing. If not I guess you all can go help little Bobby out down at Highland Rim.

By: racer84 on 8/8/10 at 7:31

Uninformed clown aka - 117

Never fails to get you stirred up and spend an hour reciting the same old arguments every time you post. None of which ever make any sense, are logical, vaild or true. You're such a sheep its not even funny anymore.

Your information is dated, Newsflash for you.....The Fairgrounds isnt going away, nor is racing on the property. I know what you do not. If you knew the right people to ask, or were important enough that anyone would tell you, then you would already know this.

The Superspeedway is closing before the fairgrounds. Perhaps you should move out there. Lots and Lots of greenspace, kinda like between your ears.

Enjoy second place, Cause Ricky Bobby won this one too !

By: 117_acres on 8/8/10 at 7:43

Ricky Bobby racer 84

I guess we will see on January 1, 2011....

Good luck to you this coming weekend maybe you will win that big whopping payout of $2,500 for your division. Lol....

By: judyboodo@yahoo.com on 8/9/10 at 12:59

MY, My, My. Boy's your emotions are showing. There's always a silver lining to every story, racer 84, at least stories about the fairgrounds are the only one's that bring out 117_acres. IF the fairgrounds closes next year I hereby nominate the fairground property for Nashville's new "Homeless persons reclamation project & Tent City". After all these fine citizens don't make much noise (very few own cars), only burn trash to stay warm in the winter and have the kind of diversity that people like 117_acres like. It's a natural, shouldn't have any problem at all getting through the council. Besides 117_acres was there first so there is already a prescient!

By: 117_acres on 8/9/10 at 8:22

judyboodo said:
If the fairgrounds closes next year I hereby nominate the fairground property for Nashville's new "Homeless persons reclamation project & Tent City". After all these fine citizens don't make much noise (very few own cars), only burn trash to stay warm in the winter and have the kind of diversity that people like 117_acres like. It's a natural, shouldn't have any problem at all getting through the council

Judyboodo your comment above is exactly why the race track needs to go! You all have run the racetrack and the area around it into the ground since 1958. You all have had your time to use the property now it is time to do something else that benefits the residents of Nashville who are black, white, Latino, Asian, Christian, Muslim, Agnostic, rich, poor, and etc. Unfortunately for the majority of the race fans and hobby drivers who are predominantly white and live in the surrounding counties, Nashville has turned into a very diverse City which is accepting of all people. NASCAR is starting to diversify its brand and I predict within the next 10 years you will see a lot more diversity in the stands and on the track. Maybe another contributing factor to why local racetracks that support weekly racing are drying is because people who are more accepting of others don't want to attend because they get stuck sitting by some obnoxious "Bubba" who is chain smoking in the stands, calling his wife or girlfriend a derogatory name, and basically just being an ignorant person. You know the type of people I'm talking about unless you are one of those people. My point is racing is great but for several reason it just doesn't need to continue at its current location. The city and the residents who have decided to live in Nashville and not run to one of the surrounding counties deserve an opportunity at a better quality of life from this property and the area around it.

By: 117_acres on 8/9/10 at 8:24

judyboodo said:
If the fairgrounds closes next year I hereby nominate the fairground property for Nashville's new "Homeless persons reclamation project & Tent City". After all these fine citizens don't make much noise (very few own cars), only burn trash to stay warm in the winter and have the kind of diversity that people like 117_acres like. It's a natural, shouldn't have any problem at all getting through the council

Judyboodo your comment above is exactly why the race track needs to go! You all have run the racetrack and the area around it into the ground since 1958. You all have had your time to use the property now it is time to do something else that benefits the residents of Nashville who are black, white, Latino, Asian, Christian, Muslim, Agnostic, rich, poor, and etc. Unfortunately for the majority of the race fans and hobby drivers who are predominantly white and live in the surrounding counties, Nashville has turned into a very diverse City which is accepting of all people. NASCAR is starting to diversify its brand and I predict within the next 10 years you will see a lot more diversity in the stands and on the track. Maybe another contributing factor to why local racetracks that support weekly racing are drying up is because people who are more accepting of others don't want to attend because they get stuck sitting by some obnoxious "Bubba" who is chain smoking in the stands, calling his wife or girlfriend a derogatory name, and basically just being an ignorant person. You know the type of people I'm talking about unless you are one of those people. My point is racing is great but for several reason it just doesn't need to continue at its current location. The city and the residents who have decided to live in Nashville and not run to one of the surrounding counties deserve an opportunity at a better quality of life from this property and the area around it.

By: racer84 on 8/10/10 at 3:23

One of our team members is Black and has been in those pits for about 20 years.
He says he knows who you are and agrees with what I think.....My black friends have NEVER, EVER had an issue sitting in the stands....

You're a racist pig !

Plain and Simple to even bring any of that up when that's not what she said.

You need a real good smack in the mouth....Look forward to seeing you soon.