Two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Todd Bodine will return to NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) competition this weekend at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway for the running of Friday night’s VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200.
Bodine, the Chemung, New York native is slated to drive the No. 55 Chevrolet Camaro for Viva Motorsports, which has a joint partnership with long-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) team SS Green Light Racing (SSGLR), owned by former racer Bobby Dotter beginning this weekend.
Lack of sponsorship has sidelined the 50-year old veteran for the 2014 season thus far.
Viva Motorsports has fielded an entry for Jamie Dick through the season’s first six races. Last week, the China Grove, North Carolina-based team announced that SSGLR would field multiple drivers in races where Dick was not behind the wheel of the No. 55 Viva Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro.
Dick, currently 19th in series standings made his NCWTS debut for Dotter in 2009. Bodine has also served as a driver coach for Dick.
Bodine has 21 NNS starts at Darlington, including his last Nationwide victory in 2003 driving for Herzog Motorsports. Bodine went to victory lane after colliding with Jamie McMurray coming to the checkered flag. Additionally, the 15-time NNS victor has eight top-fives and 15 top-10 runs at the 1.366-egg-shaped oval.
In 325 Nationwide races, Bodine has posted seven poles, 15 wins, ninety top-fives and 160 top-10s.
The VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 is set for Friday, April 11 with live coverage on ESPN2, MRN and SiriusXM Satellite Radio beginning at 8:00 p.m.