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Bodine to run three races at Daytona for first time

January 12, 2011, Dave Rodman,

Two-time Truck champ to take wheel in Cup, Nationwide races as well

For the first time in his 24-year national series racing career, two-time and defending Camping World Truck Series champion Todd Bodine will compete in all three NASCAR divisions in next month's Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway.

Bodine will race his championship-winning No. 30 in the Feb. 18 Truck race; the Nationwide car, which is locked into the field for the Feb. 19 season opener thanks to Michael Annett's 14th-place finish in the 2010 owners' points; and owner Larry Gunselman's No. 64, which has a technical alliance with the Germains, in the qualifying rounds for the 53rd Daytona 500.

"Obviously the truck is what we do, but given the Germains had a top-30 Nationwide team and it's locked into the race, why wouldn't you run it?" Bodine said. "My speedway record is pretty good, so they wanted me to drive it."

Bodine has 11 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes in 37 career starts at Daytona with two victories. Bodine has seven consecutive top-five finishes in Daytona Truck events, including four in a row of either first or second.

Bodine will spend the first day of next week's three-day Sprint Cup test at Daytona.

Bodine said there was sponsorship in place for all three programs, which has yet to be announced. Bodine tested with Gunselman's team for two days last month at Goodyear's tire test and said "we're going to race the whole race."