Bodine out of #35; Bradberry in for One Race

Bradberry to replace Bodine in Tabasco Pontiac Shawn A. Akers HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (July 8, 1998) Todd Bodine has been officially released from his duties as driver of the No. 35 Tabasco Pontiac in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, team ...

Bradberry to replace Bodine in Tabasco Pontiac Shawn A. Akers

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (July 8, 1998) Todd Bodine has been officially released from his duties as driver of the No. 35 Tabasco Pontiac in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, team officials said Wednesday evening.

Gary Bradberry who had driven the No. 78 Pilot Travel Centers Ford throughout the first half of the season, will attempt to qualify and drive the No. 35 Grand Prix this weekend in the Jiffy Lube 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, N.H.

The agreement with Bradberry is a one-race deal, and ISM Racing says it will name a permanent replacement for Bodine sometime in the near future.

Bodine and the team failed to qualify for eight of the first 16 races on the 1998 NASCAR Winston Cup Series schedule. The team had named Loy Allen to drive for the Pepsi 400 last Saturday night, but wildfires in Florida postponed the historic race, the first stock car event to be held at night at Daytona International Speedway, until Oct. 17.

"The 1998 season hasn't met our expectations and it was time for us to make a change," said owner Bob Hancher, in his first season on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. "It has been an amicable split between ISM Racing and Todd Bodine. We appreciate all of his energies and wish him well on his future endeavors."

Bodine's best finish this season was 10th in the PRIMESTAR 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March, where he qualified second.

Bradberry has 36 career NASCAR Winston Cup Series starts to his credit, including one at New Hamsphire. He made six starts in the No. 78 Ford this season, including his last one, in the MBNA Platinum 400 at Dover in May, when he finished 34th. His best finish was 23rd, in the California 500 presented by NAPA in Fontana, Calif.

"This driver change has been a big distraction for all us, but we've still got to get our job done and get the cars ready," said Team Manager Ted McFlynn. "It would be nice to know who's wheeling the car, though. Eventually, everything will work out for us."

ESPN2's RPM2Night reported Wednesday night that Bodine has already received offers for next season from several NASCAR Winston Cup Series teams, including a highly-successful multi-car organization.

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Todd Bodine , Gary Bradberry