Homestead, FL (Betting Express) - Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck. Date: Friday, November 19. Race: Ford 200. Site: Homestead-Miami Speedway. Track: 1.5-mile oval. Start time: 8:00 p.m. (et). Laps: 134. Miles: 201. 2009 winner: Kevin Harvick. Television: SPEED. Radio: Motor Racing Network(MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio.
The Camping World Truck Series will kick off NASCAR's "championship weekend" at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Despite a 12th-place finish, Todd Bodine clinched his second truck title last Friday at Phoenix. Bodine holds an insurmountable 202-point lead over Aric Almirola heading into the final race of the season.
In 24 races this year, Bodine has recorded four wins and 16 top-five finishes with Germain Racing, which has struggled to find sponsorship for his No.30 Toyota team.
"Germain Racing has done such a great job, including all the guys at the shop and the motor shop and the guys on the road crew," Bodine said. "[Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr.] has led this team to another championship. It shows his leadership skills and how good a person he is. We have a 'never give up' attitude. That's what brought us to this point and got us here."
Bodine became the third driver in the series' 16-year history to win multiple championships. His first title came in 2006, and he joined Ron Hornaday, who has won a record four championships, and Jack Sprague, who grabbed three titles.
The owner's championship in the series has yet to be determined.
Kyle Busch's No.18 Toyota team heads to Homestead with a comfortable 120-point lead over Bodine's team. If Busch finishes 29th or better at Homestead, he will claim the title in his team's first year of competition in the series.
Kevin Harvick won last year's race at Homestead, but is not entered in Friday's event.
Thirty-eight teams are on the preliminary entry list for the Ford 200.