Monday, June 25, 2012

Bodine "Onion Slice Open" Set For August 2

Todd Bodine always feels at home when visiting Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA. The two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion grew up in the nearby New York/Pennsylvania border towns and today calls the Wilkes-Barre area home.

"It's in the hole! It's in the hole!"
Three years ago, he started the “Onion Slice Open” charity golf tournament at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Course in Mountaintop, PA on Thursday, Aug. 2. The event takes place the week of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pennsylvania 400 and companion Pocono Mountains 125 Camping World Truck Series event, and Bodine has announced that this year’s 3rd Annual Onion Slice Open will again raise funds for pediatric patients suffering from traumatic brain injury at John Heinz Rehabilitation Center.

“The Onion Slice Open continues to benefit pediatric patients suffering from brain trauma and brain disease at John Heinz Medical Center,” said Bodine. “This year, we’re proud to announce that the Northeast Pennsylvania Toyota dealers are sponsoring this year’s tournament, as well as our No. 11 Toyota Tundra for the Pocono Mountains 125. It’s an amazing opportunity to give back to the community and promote the great Toyota dealers in the area.”

Fans can look forward to seeing Bodine at a number of Northeast Pennsylvania Toyota dealers, including Williams Toyota of Sayre, Halterman’s Toyota of East Stroudsburg, Independence Toyota in Hazelton, Motorworld Toyota in Wilkes-Barre, Fairfield Toyota of Muncy and Aubrey Alexander Toyota of Sellingsgrove. The exact schedule of appearances will be posted at a later date.

“We’ve worked with Independence Toyota in Hazelton for the past couple of years and I’m very excited to visit Williams, Halterman’s, Motorworld, Fairfield and Aubrey Alexander’s," said Bodine, a 22-time winner in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. "I’ve driven a Toyota on the race track and at home for six years, and I’m happy to help the Northeast Pennsylvania Toyota dealers bring that experience to their customers.

“I wanted the Onion Slice Open to be an event that people could enjoy at a variety of levels, while raising funding for the John Heinz Medical Center,” he said. “It has become just that, and I know that’s why the Northeast Pennsylvania Toyota dealers came on board with both the tournament and the race truck. We are raising money and awareness to help families in the Northeast Pennsylvania area,” explained Bodine, whose tournament offers fans opportunities to golf for as little as $100 as an “Onion Peel” sponsor.

Last year’s Onion Slice Open had 214 players and raised a total of $103,000. To donate to John Heinz Rehabilitation Center via the 3rd Annual Onion Slice Open presented by the Northeast Toyota Dealers, or to sign up to play, email

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