Todd Bodine is in Fort Worth this week, and right now, that’s got to be one of the highlights of the season for the veteran NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver.He can breathe some Texas air, eat some Texas food and again step foot on a track that has given him a lot of good times. In fact, the best times of his career.The 49-year-old from Chemung, N.Y., won six times during a 12-race span at Texas Motor Speedway from 2004 to 2010. He won both his series championships in that stretch.“Texas, I’ve won there six times,” he said. “Definitely a special place. I love running there.”But Bodine is not thinking about championships. He’s thinking more about making quality laps for ThorSport Racing, which has him in the No. 13 truck, sharing a crew with ThorSport’s ARCA team for driver Frank Kimmel.“Two vehicles, one race team. It’s not easy,” Bodine said.He is not complaining. ThorSport has good resources — Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter are first and fourth in the driver points in the truck series, and Kimmel leads the ARCA series.But Bodine is itching for a chance to prove his worth. He’s in his first year with ThorSport. Last year, he drove for Red Horse Racing. He’s been a vagabond since Germain Racing, where he won his championships, closed shop in 2011. He won 21 times for Germain. He’s only won once since.“We knew what we were signing up for,” Bodine said. “You always hope for the best, and we’re working hard. But we knew it was going to be difficult on these guys.”Bodine is going to do everything he can for the truck team. Everyone’s reputation, and his own career hopes, are riding on it.“Why would I think about retiring?” he said. “It’s not time to retire. I still enjoy this. I still think I can do this. The time will come eventually, but it’s not here yet.”Kanaan’s dayTony Kanaan, whose victory in the Indianapolis 500 proved so popular in the IndyCar garage, is in for some pomp in Mansfield on Thursday.Kanaan is getting a key to the city, which is declaring it “Tony Kanaan Day in Mansfield.” Mansfield is the headquarters for sponsor Mouser Electronics, whose name was on the car Kanaan drove to victory at Indy.The celebration begins with Kanaan’s arrival at Mouser, 1000 N. Main St. in Mansfield, at 5 p.m. Fans are encouraged to arrive early.
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