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.