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Todd Bodine achieves NASCAR feat years in the making

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The Onion takes part in a memorable race. Todd Bodine will compete in the Camping World Truck Series race at Pocono Raceway on July 23, which will be his 800th race in the three national NASCAR series.

Bodine announced after the 2021 season that he would be returning to NASCAR action for the first time since a start in the 2017 Xfinity Series season. He set a six-race schedule with Halmar Friesen Racing that would place him 226th in the Truck Series and 800th overall. Fast forward to July and Bodine is about to make that memorable start.

This weekend was a product of a social media campaign. NASCAR fans spent time on Twitter listing their reasons why Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis wanted Bodine to sponsor six races so he could make 800 starts overall. They easily surpassed that number and then Lemonis delivered on his side of the bargain.

Bodine starts his week on Friday July 22nd. He will be doing laps around the tricky triangle during practice at 4:30pm ET (FS1). Bodine will then qualify for the Truck Series race at 5:00 p.m. ET (FS1).

The 800th launch will take place on Saturday 23 July. The Camping World Truck Series launches a doubleheader that also includes the Xfinity Series. Bodine and his fellow contestants will compete in the regular season finals at Pocono Raceway at 12 p.m. ET (FS1).

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The former Truck Series champion kicked off his comeback tour with a trip to Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It was Bodine’s first start in the series since the 2013 season and he finished 21st after a spin in stage 1 and an accident in stage 2.

Bodine’s season continued with stops at Darlington Raceway, Texas Motor Speedway, Sonoma Raceway and Nashville Superspeedway. He finished every race he started and placed 13th at Texas Motor Speedway.

Bodine’s best start was at Darlington Raceway. He started 18th overall and spun during stage two, but avoided several other incidents, including a four-truck crash in the final stage. Bodine eventually ended his day with a 10th place finish, his first of the season. Now he wants to surpass that mark at Pocono Raceway, a track he has competed at four times.

The Onion achieved notable success during his time in the Truck Series. He achieved 125 top 10 finishes, 92 top fives, seven pole wins and 22 race wins. He also made history for one of the top 3 manufacturers.

Bodine won his first Truck Series championship during the 2006 season driving for Germain Racing. He restrained Johnny Benson Jr. and reached Victory Lane while driving a Toyota. This was the manufacturer’s first national series championship.

Bodine achieved another historic goal in the 2010 season. He added four more wins to his career and held off Aric Almirola by 207 points. That season marked Bodine’s second championship in the series, and he became the first Toyota driver in a NASCAR national series to win two titles.

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