Dallenbach to sub for Bodine FONTANA, Calif. (May 2, 1998) As a result of an accident during the first practice session on Friday, Tabasco Pontiac driver Todd Bodine will not compete in the California 500 presented by NAPA at California ...

Dallenbach to sub for Bodine

FONTANA, Calif. (May 2, 1998) As a result of an accident during the first practice session on Friday, Tabasco Pontiac driver Todd Bodine will not compete in the California 500 presented by NAPA at California Speedway. Wally Dallenbach substituted for Bodine in Bud Second-Round Qualifying and will run in Sunday's race.

The accident occurred in Turn 3 of the two-mile speedway. Bodine was taken to the infield care center and then transported to Lorma Linda University Hospital for further observations. All tests and X-rays were negative, and Bodine was released Friday afternoon.

"Todd was unconscious in the car for a period of time and he is extremely sore right now," said team owner Bob Hancher. "He is capable of driving on Sunday, and wants to be in the car, but we are being extremely cautious in this situation.

Bodine, who won the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division race at California last season, said the decision to sit out is the right one.

"I haven't taken a hit like that in quite a while," Bodine said. "I am really sore and stiff right now, and I know from my experience that it will only get worse before it gets better. I believe that it is in the best interest of myself and Team Tabasco to take this weekend to heal."

Dallenbach had planned to take the weekend off as well. After recently being released from his job at Team SABCO, Dallenbach was at California as a spectator, not a competitor.

With limited time to work with the team, Dallenbach ran in Saturday's Bud Second-Round Qualifying. The team didn't make the field on their qualifying time, but was able to use a provisional to earn a spot in the lineup.

"It's awfully tough to take a back-up car and get it in the race," Dallenbach said. "Especially with only 10 minutes of practice in it. But, we're in, and we're hoping to run well on Sunday."

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series General
Drivers Wally Dallenbach , Todd Bodine