Brett Bodine

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Brett Bodine
Brett Bodine Lowe's.jpg
Bodine in 1996
Born (1959-01-11) January 11, 1959 (age 59)
Chemung, New York, United States
Awards 1986 Busch Series Most Popular Driver
Inducted into Modified Hall of Fame
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
480 races run over 18 years
Best finish 12th (1990)
First race 1986 World 600 (Charlotte)
Last race 2003 MBNA Armed Forces Family 400 (Dover)
First win 1990 First Union 400 (North Wilkesboro)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 61 5
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
77 races run over 6 years
Best finish 2nd (1986)
First race 1985 Budweiser 200 (Bristol)
Last race 1999 Kmart 200 (Rockingham)
First win 1985 Miller 200 (Martinsville)
Last win 1986 Winn-Dixie 500 (Martinsville)
Wins Top tens Poles
5 52 16
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
3 races run over 1 year
Best finish 66th (1998)
First race 1998 Chevy Trucks Challenge (Orlando)
Last race 1998 NAPA 250 (Martinsville)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of April 15, 2013.

Brett Elias Bodine III (born January 11, 1959) is a former NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver and is the current driver of the pace car in Cup Series events. Brett is the younger brother of 1986 Daytona 500 winner Geoff Bodine and the older brother of 2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Todd Bodine. He was born in Chemung, New York.

Early life

Bodine attended Alfred State College and received an associate's degree in mechanical engineering before he became a professional race car driver. Growing up watching his brother Geoff race in the modifieds, Brett decided to embark on a racing career on his own. He began in hobby stock races at the track owned by his parents in 1977 before moving up to the modifieds in 1979. That year he finished 33rd in the season long points race. In the 1980 season he moved up to 24th overall. The 1983 season was Brett’s most successful in the modifieds as he recorded 56 starts, 6 wins, 20 top fives, and 30 top tens en route to 7th in the overall standings. He also won his first NASCAR Modified National Championship event, the Stafford 200. 1984 was the last full season of modified driving duties for Bodine. He started 39 events, winning 3 with 19 top fives and 29 top tens while finishing 12th in the overall standings. He also won another National Championship event, this time at Oxford Maine.

The 1985 season saw Bodine move up to the NASCAR Busch Grand National series driving the No. 5 Levi Garrett Pontiac. In just thirteen starts that season he managed 3 poles, 3 wins, 7 top fives, and 10 top tens. He also made a handful of modified starts and won the most prestigious event; the Race of Champions at Pocono. 1986 saw Bodine run his first full season in the Busch series and he fell just 20 points short of winning the championship. Driving the No. 00 Thomas Brothers Old Country Ham Oldsmobile he tallied 2 wins, 16 top fives, and 24 top tens to go along with 8 pole positions. Bodine also made 4 modified starts in 1986, winning two, both of which were NASCAR Modified National Championship events held at Martinsville. Bodine made his Winston Cup Debut in 1986, driving the No. 2 Exxon Chevy in the Coca-Cola 600. Bodine started 32nd and finished 18th in the Rick Hendrick owned entry.

Bodine again drove the full Busch series schedule in 1987 and was voted the series most popular driver. He accumulated 5 poles, 8 top fives, and 17 top tens, and finished 3rd in the championship. Bodine also replaced Terry Labonte on the pace lap in two Winston Cup events. Despite starting from the rear he managed to finish 8th and 9th respectively, although Terry Labonte is technically credited with the finishes. Bodine then ran 14 late season Cup races for Hoss Ellington in the No. 1 Bulls-Eye Barbecue Sauce Chevy. He had 5 top 10 qualifying efforts but his best finish was an 11th at Daytona, one of 5 top twenty finishes.

Moving up

Bodine's 1989 Winston Cup car

In 1988, Bodine moved to the Cup series full-time for Bud Moore Engineering. In the opening race at the Daytona 500, Brett Bodine was involved in Richard Petty's infamous tumble. Coming off turn 4, Bodine could not see Richard Petty landing in front of him after flips, and Bodine drove straight into Petty spinning Petty in circles.

He drove the No. 15 Crisco Thunderbird posting 5 top-10 finishes and finishing the season 20th in points. Bodine returned in 1989 and recorded 6 more top tens in the No. 15 Motorcraft Ford before finishing 19th in points. In two years Bodine recorded 3 top 5s, 11 top 10s, and 17 top ten qualifying efforts. Bodine and Bud Moore parted ways following the season, partly because Ford wanted a more high-profile driver.

Bodine's breakout season came in 1990. Driving the No. 26 Quaker State Buick Regal for champion drag racer Kenny Bernstein, Bodine won his first race at North Wilkesboro Speedway,[1] which came under some controversy. During a long 17-lap caution flag, scoring was mixed up, and some felt that Darrell Waltrip was robbed of the win because of the error. It was found that Waltrip was up front but by the time it was clear that Waltrip won, Bodine had already been declared the winner officially. When Waltrip protested Bill France said "You leave this kid alone DW...it is his first win and you will win more races." The win stood, and before the season was over, Bodine had won his first pole position at the fall event at Charlotte Motor Speedway and was 12th in the championship standings. Bodine wasn't able to equal his 1990 effort, and parted ways with Bernstein after the 1994 season. In his 5 seasons driving the No. 26 Quaker State car Bodine posted 5 poles, 1 win, 13 top fives, and 43 top tens while finishing no worse than 20th in the final standings. For 1995 he signed with Junior Johnson piloting the Lowe's Ford Thunderbird. He posted two top ten finishes and finished twentieth in points.

Owner/Driver and its subsequent struggles

1997 racecar

After the season, Johnson sold the team to Bodine and his wife Diane. Bodine also bought former boss Kenny Bernstein's old team and merged them together to form Brett Bodine Racing. Bodine raced with Lowe's sponsorship for one more year, scoring a top ten finish and placing 24th in the standings. He then signed Catalyst Communications for 1997 and beyond, but troubles erupted when Catalyst stopped paying its sponsorship fees, leading to a lawsuit. The season had started well 2 top tens and 6 top twenties in the first 9 races, but the lack of funding took its toll. Bodine failed to qualify for a late season race and the team slipped all the way down to 29th in the final standings.

For 1998 Bodine found reliable sponsorship from Paychex and his Ford Taurus showed a marked improvement from the past seasons. He qualified for every race for the first time since 1995 and placed 25th in the final standing. Paychex returned in 1999 but Bodine was unable to carry the momentum of the previous year and slipped to 35th in the standings after missing 2 races. The eventual struggles of being an owner/driver had slowly crept up on Bodine, and he found himself struggling with the responsibilities of fielding a competitive team.

He signed up Ralphs Supermarkets to sponsor his car for 2000, and sold half the team to businessman Richard Hilton. The latter deal fell through, but while he was still able to keep Ralphs as a sponsor, the failed buy-out put the team behind in its preparation. Bodine continued to struggle through 2000 though, as he failed to qualify five times that year, and again wound up 35th in points. Ralphs returned as the sponsor and Bodine turned it around slightly in 2001, posting two top ten finishes (the first time he finished that high since 1997), and qualifying for all the races while placing 30th in points. Brett Bodine Racing also expanded to a two-car team for the first time in its history, fielding the No. 09 Ford for older brother Geoff, who himself was struggling to maintain his Winston Cup career, in two races. Ralphs however, decided not to return as the sponsor of the team.

Hooters car

With no major sponsors Bodine received sponsorship from minor sponsors such as Wells Fargo, Timberland Pro, and Dura Lube. Three races into the season Hooters was signed to a deal, although at this point Bodine's team was already well behind in development. Several key members of the team, including the crew chief, had left due to worries about being able to run the full season. As part of the deal, Bodine fielded a car from Hooters original driver Kirk Shelmerdine, for a couple of races. But after the team failed to make a race, Shelmerdine and his team splintered. Bodine missed four races during the season and finished 36th in the points. Hooters returned in 2003, but with far less funding than the already small amount they had provided the previous season. Bodine became involved in a difficult time during a divorce from his wife and team co-owner Diane. The dispute lead Bodine to file a restraining order against his wife,[2] whom he alleges hit and threatened to ruin him financially. The domestic violence protective order also required Diane Bodine to stay away from NASCAR tracks where her husband was scheduled to race. At the same time Hooters withdrew sponsorship for the Bodine racing team. Bodine had planned to run a partial schedule, running six events until June, when Hooters pulled the plug on its sponsorship program. In the next race at Michigan, Bodine was seriously injured in a practice accident. The impact was violent, and Bodine suffered a broken collar bone and damaged teeth. He recovered from his injuries and tried again with a one race ride with the struggling Morgan-McClure Motorsports, but the car failed to make the field. With no major sponsorship for his team and most of his employees laid off, Bodine attempted to run at Indy in a fan sponsored "Brick Car" where, for $500, fans would get their name on the car. The program was a success, but Bodine failed to qualify for the race by .001 seconds. Rumours of a sponsor for 2004 and beyond surfaced, but nothing panned out and the team was sold. After all the recent events and struggles, he decided to retire from driving. For his 18-year Winston Cup career Bodine started 480 races with 5 poles, 1 win, 16 top fives, and 61 top tens while winning over 13 million dollars in prize money.

To the NASCAR Office

Bodine currently works for NASCAR at its research and development center as the Director of Competition, R&D. He works on cost-cutting measures for the sport, the Car of Tomorrow program (now known as simply the "new car"), and he drives the pace car during all Monster Energy Cup Series events, except for those events with a promotional or celebrity pace car driver. Even then, during races with a celebrity pace car driver, Bodine rides shotgun and guides the driver through all NASCAR pace car protocols.

Motorsports career results

NASCAR

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Winston Cup Series

NASCAR Winston Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 NWCC Pts
1986 Hendrick Motorsports 2 Chevy DAY RCH CAR ATL BRI DAR NWS MAR TAL DOV CLT
18
RSD POC MCH DAY POC TAL GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR ATL RSD 92nd 109
1987 Ellington Racing 1 Chevy DAY CAR RCH ATL DAR NWS BRI MAR TAL CLT
21
DOV
14
POC
34
RSD
38
MCH
22
POC
22
TAL
38
GLN MCH
21
BRI DAR
20
RCH DOV
13
MAR NWS CLT
32
CAR
41
RSD ATL
15
32nd 1271
Buick DAY
11
1988 Bud Moore Engineering 15 Ford DAY
35
RCH
27
CAR
27
ATL
9
DAR
15
BRI
17
NWS
13
MAR
27
TAL
19
CLT
4
DOV
31
RSD
40
POC
35
MCH
27
DAY
42
POC
20
TAL
28
GLN
23
MCH
6
BRI
25
DAR
17
RCH
11
DOV
22
MAR
10
CLT
3
NWS
17
CAR
29
PHO
43
ATL
27
20th 2828
1989 DAY
29
CAR
34
ATL
33
RCH
28
DAR
14
BRI
30
NWS
28
MAR
27
TAL
19
CLT
8
DOV
15
SON
27
POC
10
MCH
5
DAY
11
POC
10
TAL
14
GLN
15
MCH
36
BRI
17
DAR
16
RCH
34
DOV
9
MAR
7
CLT
12
NWS
17
CAR
21
PHO
19
ATL
23
19th 3051
1990 King Racing 26 Buick DAY
17
RCH
8
CAR
25
ATL
11
DAR
8
BRI
22
NWS
1*
MAR
12
TAL
12
CLT
29
DOV
18
SON
41
POC
4
MCH
14
DAY
22
POC
16
TAL
33
GLN
3
MCH
17
BRI
25
DAR
10
RCH
31
DOV
20
MAR
4
NWS
3
CLT
8
CAR
17
PHO
15
ATL
18
12th 3440
1991 DAY
22
RCH
24
CAR
13
ATL
15
DAR
16
BRI
22
NWS
30*
MAR
4
TAL
11
CLT
28
DOV
33
SON
11
POC
33
MCH
36
DAY
36
POC
8
TAL
32
GLN
25
MCH
37
BRI
10
DAR
14
RCH
18
DOV
32
MAR
2
NWS
7
CLT
8
CAR
30
PHO
14
ATL
29
19th 2980
1992 Ford DAY
41
CAR
8
RCH
33
ATL
20
DAR
6
BRI
11
NWS
10
MAR
8
TAL
16
CLT
20
DOV
30
SON
15
POC
8
MCH
19
DAY
12
POC
8
TAL
10
GLN
10
MCH
12
BRI
9
DAR
4
RCH
18
DOV
22
MAR
3
NWS
7
CLT
28
CAR
7
PHO
12
ATL
40
15th 3491
1993 DAY
17
CAR
22
RCH
32
ATL
8
DAR
12
BRI
9
NWS
17
MAR
7
TAL
30
SON
24
CLT
41
DOV
16
POC
29
MCH
39
DAY
19
NHA
13
POC
5
TAL
9
GLN
20
MCH
14
BRI
7
DAR
2
RCH
5
DOV MAR
6
NWS
21
CLT
15
CAR
35
PHO
28
ATL
40
20th 3183
1994 DAY
32
CAR
6
RCH
8
ATL
31
DAR
36
BRI
13
NWS
23
MAR
24
TAL
17
SON
13
CLT
42
DOV
32
POC
8
MCH
32
DAY
16
NHA
12
POC
35
TAL
17
IND
2
GLN
28
MCH
12
BRI
14
DAR
29
RCH
8
DOV
26
MAR
30
NWS
33
CLT
6
CAR
18
PHO
13
ATL
36
19th 3159
1995 Junior Johnson & Associates 11 Ford DAY
25
CAR
14
RCH
18
ATL
23
DAR
12
BRI
27
NWS
9
MAR
11
TAL
30
SON
29
CLT
35
DOV
21
POC
10
MCH
40
DAY
20
NHA
21
POC
15
TAL
28
IND
24
GLN
16
MCH
36
BRI
28
DAR
31
RCH
16
DOV
17
MAR
22
NWS
22
CLT
27
CAR
27
PHO
17
ATL
20
20th 2988
1996 Brett Bodine Racing DAY
32
CAR
28
RCH
25
ATL
24
DAR
27
BRI
20
NWS
23
MAR
18
TAL
23
SON
20
CLT
24
DOV
24
POC
40
MCH
22
DAY
9
NHA
16
POC
27
TAL
22
IND
22
GLN
14
MCH
28
BRI
14
DAR
28
RCH
25
DOV
27
MAR
DNQ
NWS
23
CLT
28
CAR
16
PHO
26
ATL
21
24th 2814
1997 DAY
18
CAR
17
RCH
23
ATL
18
DAR
35
TEX
19
BRI
10
MAR
27
SON
6
TAL
33
CLT
26
DOV
33
POC
25
MCH
19
CAL
26
DAY
23
NHA
42
POC
29
IND
18
GLN
39
MCH
31
BRI
31
DAR
15
RCH
21
NHA
33
DOV
26
MAR
17
CLT
30
TAL
22
CAR
DNQ
PHO
33
ATL
41
29th 2716
1998 DAY
24
CAR
16
LVS
26
ATL
26
DAR
22
BRI
11
TEX
16
MAR
13
TAL
11
CAL
28
CLT
22
DOV
16
RCH
20
MCH
33
POC
18
SON
32
NHA
28
POC
38
IND
33
GLN
34
MCH
32
BRI
26
NHA
30
DAR
42
RCH
19
DOV
22
MAR
34
CLT
19
TAL
13
DAY
25
PHO
43
CAR
31
ATL
31
25th 2907
1999 DAY
22
CAR
33
LVS
20
ATL
33
DAR
30
TEX
18
BRI
22
MAR
14
TAL
43
CAL
28
RCH
38
CLT
22
DOV
37
MCH
30
POC
26
SON
31
DAY
34
NHA
31
POC
26
IND
DNQ
GLN
40
MCH
DNQ
BRI
12
DAR
26
RCH
31
NHA
29
DOV
29
MAR
42
CLT
27
TAL
31
CAR
43
PHO
42
HOM
40
ATL
30
35th 2351
2000 DAY
DNQ
CAR
35
LVS
DNQ
ATL
16
DAR
27
BRI
22
TEX
23
MAR
36
TAL
DNQ
CAL
41
RCH
38
CLT
30
DOV
28
MCH
36
POC
32
SON
30
DAY
DNQ
NHA
20
POC
30
IND
39
GLN
DNQ
MCH
42
BRI
28
DAR
27
RCH
35
NHA
42
DOV
20
MAR
41
CLT
32
TAL
26
CAR
26
PHO
20
HOM
14
ATL
28
35th 2145
2001 DAY
15
CAR
27
LVS
38
ATL
26
DAR
36
BRI
27
TEX
28
MAR
36
TAL
26
CAL
27
RCH
39
CLT
17
DOV
25
MCH
33
POC
37
SON
13
DAY
9
CHI
19
NHA
13
POC
33
IND
37
GLN
13
MCH
40
BRI
26
DAR
27
RCH
43
DOV
28
KAN
25
CLT
28
MAR
40
TAL
12
PHO
26
CAR
35
HOM
32
ATL
36
NHA
8
30th 2948
2002 DAY
16
CAR
30
LVS
35
ATL
38
DAR
38
BRI
36
TEX
38
MAR
26
TAL
13
CAL
23
RCH
19
CLT
27
DOV
34
POC
24
MCH
34
SON
24
DAY
38
CHI
30
NHA
27
POC
33
IND
42
GLN
32
MCH
38
BRI
32
DAR
39
RCH
20
NHA
36
DOV
DNQ
KAN
DNQ
TAL
29
CLT
26
MAR
38
ATL
34
CAR
36
PHO
DNQ
HOM
DNQ
36th 2276
2003 DAY
DNQ
CAR LVS ATL
41
BRI
24
TEX
31
TAL
DNQ
MAR CAL RCH
31
CLT
DNQ
DOV
42
POC MCH
INQ
SON DAY CHI NHA IND
DNQ
GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH NHA DOV TAL KAN CLT MAR ATL PHO CAR HOM 52nd 308
Team CLR 57 Ford DAR
31
Morgan-McClure Motorsports 4 Pontiac POC
DNQ
- Qualified but replaced by Geoff Bodine
Daytona 500
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
1988 Bud Moore Engineering Ford 41 35
1989 18 29
1990 King Racing Buick 33 17
1991 41 22
1992 Ford 18 41
1993 20 17
1994 10 32
1995 Junior Johnson & Associates Ford 39 25
1996 Brett Bodine Racing Ford 41 32
1997 37 18
1998 42 24
1999 40 22
2000 DNQ
2001 43 15
2002 27 16
2003 DNQ

Busch Series

NASCAR Busch Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 NBGNC Pts
1985 Hendrick Motorsports 15 Pontiac DAY CAR HCY BRI
12
23rd 1438
5 MAR
1
DAR SBO
4
LGY DOV CLT
4
SBO
3
HCY
2
ROU IRP
25*
SBO LGY HCY
9
MLW BRI
1*
DAR
8
RCH NWS ROU CLT
9
HCY CAR
1*
MAR
27
1986 Thomas Brothers Racing 00 Olds DAY
23
CAR
24
HCY
8
MAR
20
BRI
19
DAR
3
SBO
8
LGY
10
JFC
6
DOV
3
CLT
2
SBO
5
HCY
3
ROU
6
IRP
26
SBO
22
RAL
6
OXF
7
SBO
2
HCY
2*
LGY
2
ROU
3
BRI
1*
DAR
3
RCH
19
DOV
3
MAR
4
ROU
3*
CLT
7
CAR
5
MAR
1
2nd 4507
1987 DAY
4
HCY
5
MAR
19
DAR
3
BRI
10
LGY
6
SBO
2
CLT
30
DOV
23
IRP
4
ROU
24
JFC
8
OXF
11
SBO
4
HCY
6
RAL
10
LGY
8
ROU
24
BRI
13
JFC
7
DAR
16
RCH
29
DOV
6
MAR
5*
CLT
10
CAR
25
MAR
3
3rd 3560
1992 H&H Motorsports 26 Chevy DAY CAR RCH ATL MAR DAR BRI HCY LAN DUB NZH CLT DOV ROU MYB GLN
28
VOL NHA TAL IRP ROU MCH NHA BRI DAR RCH DOV CLT MAR CAR HCY 118th 79
1993 DAY CAR RCH DAR BRI HCY ROU MAR NZH CLT DOV MYB GLN
28
MLW TAL IRP MCH NHA BRI DAR RCH DOV ROU CLT MAR CAR HCY ATL 98th 79
1999 Keystone Motorsports 54 Chevy DAY CAR LVS ATL DAR TEX
33
NSV BRI TAL CAL
DNQ
NHA RCH NZH CLT
6
DOV SBO GLN MLW MYB PPR GTY IRP MCH
18
BRI DAR RCH
DNQ
DOV CLT
DNQ
CAR
15
MEM PHO HOM 69th 387
2000 Labonte Motorsports 44 Chevy DAY CAR LVS ATL DAR BRI TEX NSV TAL CAL RCH NHA CLT DOV SBO MYB GLN MLW NZH PPR GTY IRP MCH
DNQ
BRI DAR RCH DOV CLT CAR MEM PHO HOM NA -

Craftsman Truck Series

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 NCTC Pts
1997 Team Racing 11 Chevy WDW TUS HOM PHO POR EVG I70 NHA TEX BRI NZH MLW LVL CNS HPT IRP FLM NSV GLN RCH MAR SON MMR CAL PHO LVS
DNQ
NA -
1998 WDW
32
HOM PHO POR EVG I70 GLN TEX BRI MLW NZH CAL PPR IRP NHA FLM NSV HPT LVL RCH
32
MEM GTY 66th 192
71 MAR
35
SON MMR PHO LVS

ARCA Permatex SuperCar Series

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Permatex SuperCar Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 APSC Pts Ref
1985 Hendrick Motorsports 5 Pontiac ATL DAY ATL TAL ATL SSP IRP
25*
CSP FRS IRP OEF ISF DSF TOL 75th - [3]
1986 15 ATL
2
DAY ATL TAL SIR SSP FRS KIL CSP TAL BLN ISF DSF TOL OWO ATL 85th - [4]

References

  1. ^ "Brett Bodine Wins At North Wilkesboro". Orlando Sentinel. Orlando, FL. April 23, 1990. Retrieved 2014-04-24.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Brett Bodine – 1985 ARCA Talladega SuperCar Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  4. ^ "Brett Bodine – 1986 ARCA Permatex SuperCar Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  • There is life beyond racing, and Brett Bodine is relishing it
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External links

  • Official website
  • Brett Bodine driver statistics at Racing-Reference
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