Fan Favorite to Make his NASCAR Truck Series Return in 2022

Published 12/14/2021, 1:20 AM EST
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 14: Stewart Friesen, driver of the #52 Halmar International Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series NextEra Energy 250 at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2019 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


It has been nearly five years since he last raced in NASCAR machinery, but fan-favorite Todd Bodine is back. The 57-year-old is coming out of retirement to join Halmar Friesen Racing on a limited Truck Series schedule. In the process, the veteran will become the 28th NASCAR driver to reach 800 starts in the stock car series.

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Recently, he spoke about his return for six Truck races. Bodine said, “A couple of the old racers I use to race with were like, ‘You crazy? What are you doing. You don’t need to be racing’. Hanging out there like it is and its 794, to be that close, I just got to do it. I do have to do it now because I am getting older. Reflexes go and the eyesight goes and all that, you just can’t do it. I do need to get it done next year

What else did the former NASCAR driver say?

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The driver confessed that it has been a while since he last raced. Additionally, the trucks are a lot different from when he used to race. To be precise, they rely less on power and more on aerodynamics. Owing to that, it will be a bit of a learning curve for Todd Bodine. He also admitted that he may have a hard time in the simulator, especially in comparison to the other younger drivers.

DAYTONA, FL – FEBRUARY 16: Todd Bodine, driver of the #30 Lumber liquidators Toyota, drives during the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Chevy Silverado HD 250 at Daytona International Speedway on February 16, 2007 in Daytona, Florida. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Todd Bodine

This announcement also means that Bodine will partner Stewart Friesen’s #52 car. However, his truck racing number is yet to be confirmed for the 2022 season. The last time he raced in the Truck arena was in 2013, while his final NASCAR race was in the 2017 Xfinity Series.

The youngest Bodine revealed that he will likely rely on his own experience and knowledge of the tracks. Once he is able to get the hang of these trucks, Bodine believes that it should become easier.

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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