Hometown: Chemung, NY
Hobbies: Bobsledding, Golfing, Interior Designing, Motorcycle Riding, Skiing
Todd Bodine was born and raised into a racing family with his career track laid out in front of him - literally - since birth.
His parents owned the asphalt track of Chemung (NY) Speedway near Elmira, NY and Todd spent many a day and night there learning the trade. His first racing adventures weren't behind the wheel, but as a junior crew member at age 13. The first time he went to a race, the team he was with went to Victory Lane in a Street Stock feature at Perry (NY) Raceway.
Once he was able to get in the cockpit at age 19, Todd quickly adapted to the wheelman position visiting Victory Lane. And now, two decades later, Todd Bodine is still a frequent name taking the checkered flag. He can also add the moniker of multi-NASCAR Champion to his credit.
At age 22, Todd made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut for Tom Pistone at Martinsville Speedway in 1986. Four years later, he made another eight starts for Tom Conder before signing a full-time Nationwide deal with team owner Frank Cicci, a fellow Central New Yorker, in 1991.
That's when Todd went on a tear through the NASCAR tracks making an even bigger name for himself on the national stage. He and teammate Mike “Magic Shoes” McLaughlin, another New York state native, were winning races and making headlines with great fanfare. Todd won his first of many Nationwide races in that first full year, doing so at Dover. And, the natural progression took Todd to the highest level of NASCAR racing - the Sprint Cup Series.
His first Cup start in 1992 came just down the road from his hometown of Chemung at Watkins Glen International. The Cicci-Welliver Racing No. 34 started 21st before getting crashed out to finish 37th. Making 10 more starts the following year for Butch Mock Racing, Todd made the full-time move to Cup racing in 1993 earning two top-fives and seven top-10s in 30 starts.
During his 231 Cup career starts, Todd has earned seven top-fives, 21 top-10s and five pole awards.
Todd's biggest achievements have occurred in the Nationwide and the Truck Series. During his 20 seasons of Nationwide Series competition, Todd earned a very impressive 15 wins, 90 top-fives, 160 top-10s and seven pole awards in 324 starts. His best years were in 1992 and 1993 winning three times in each of those seasons to finish third and ninth in points, respectively. That success continued in 1996 and 1997 when he finished third and second in points.
His most trying year was in 2003 driving for Herzog-Jackson Motorsports. After winning one race, earning six top-fives and 11 top-10s Todd and team were leading the Nationwide points standings. However, they ran out of money and had to disband the team after 18 of 33 races.
In September of 2004, Todd made a NASCAR Camping World Series start for the upstart team of Germain Racing at Richmond International Raceway. Starting third, Todd finished fourth in their No. 30 Toyota. He would make seven more starts for the team before signing on for a full-time deal in 2005.
The highlight of Todd's career occurred in 2006 when he won the coveted NCWTS Championship. It was the first top-level NASCAR championship for any of the Bodine family and a proud moment for all. In 2010, he and the Germain Racing organization utilized four victories, 17 top-fives and 20 top-10s in 25 starts to earn another NCWTS Championship.
In 186 Truck Series starts, Todd has visited Victory Lane 21 times with 87 top-fives, 16 top-10s, seven pole awards and finished in the top-five in championship points for six consecutive years.
If there is an exciting moment, edge-of-your seat battle or heated action; you can count on Todd Bodine to be part of them all. In regards to corporate partnerships, the same finesse he uses on the race track to win will be done with your customers to make them feel part of every victory, as well.