NASCAR Camping World Truck Series veteran Todd Bodine picked up a one-race deal with ThorSport Racing on Monday to drive the season opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, February 22.
He will drive the No. 13 Toyota with sponsorship from Mattei Air Compressors in the race.
"This deal with Todd and Mattei Air Compressors came together late in the game, but we believe good things come to those who are patient. By far, this is the best lineup we've ever started the season with at ThorSport and we expect to have a strong showing at Daytona. We can't wait to get 2013 started," ThorSport Racing general manager David Pepper said.
Johnny Sauter had driven the No. 13 ThorSport entry in previous seasons but will switch to the No. 98 full time this year. Matt Crafton will continue in the teams No. 88 entry.
"It's definitely a good opportunity, with an established team with a season of running Toyotas behind them," Bodine said. "They've been there and done that and they know how to get it done."
Jeriod Prince will serve as the crew chief for Bodine in the race. Prince is the regular crew chief for ThorSport Racing's ARCA Racing Series driver Frank Kimmel in the No. 44.
For the 48-year old Bodine from Chemung, New York it is the only Truck race scheduled for him so far in 2013. He has raced the full season in the Trucks for the past eight years, with him winning the championship in 2006 and 2010 with Germain Racing. He has 22 career CWTS wins, including two at Daytona in 2008 and 2009. Last year, he finished 14th in the points in his only season with Red Horse Racing. He won once at Dover, but it was his worst full-time season in the series.Tags: Camping World Truck Series, David Pepper, Daytona International Speedway, Frank Kimmel, Jeriod Prince, Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton, Mattei Air Compressors, Motorsports, NASCAR, NextEra Energy Resources 250, ThorSport Racing, Todd Bodine