Bodine Signs Kennon as Crew Chief

Bodine signs Kennon as crew chief MOORESVILLE, N.C. (March 25, 1998) Gere Kennon, a veteran NASCAR crewman and crew chief, will join Scandia Bodine Racing and driver Brett Bodine for this weekend's Food City 500 at...

Bodine signs Kennon as crew chief MOORESVILLE, N.C. (March 25, 1998)

Gere Kennon, a veteran NASCAR crewman and crew chief, will join Scandia Bodine Racing and driver Brett Bodine for this weekend's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Kennon, 40, who began his duties with Scandia Bodine Racing this week, formerly worked with Bodine as his crew chief on the No. 00 Thomas Brothers Country Ham Oldsmobile in the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division in 1986-87. During their two years together, they posted 13 Bud Poles and two victories and Bodine finished second in the standings in 1986, when he was also named NASCAR Winston Cup Scene's "Most Popular Driver."

Kennon and Bodine also ran one NASCAR Winston Cup Series race together, the 1986 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Bodine finished 17th in a Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.

"Gere and I had a real good, strong effort for two years," said Bodine, a native of Chemung, N.Y. "When we were together in the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series, we were racing against drivers such as Dale Jarrett and Mark Martin, so we feel we can race against them again. It feels good to be back together."

Kennon most recently was shop foreman for the past eight months for the MB2 team, which runs the No. 36 Skittles Pontiac for driver Ernie Irvan. Earlier he was crew chief at Butch Mock Motorsports for drivers Morgan Shepherd and Rick Mast and prior to that he was Roush Racing crew chief Steve Hmiel's right hand man on the teams of Ted Musgrave and Martin.

"It does feel good to be back together," said Kennon, a native of Memphis, Tenn., who now lives in Mooresville with his wife, Gina, and their infant son, Maxwell Austin. "I have a great respect for Brett's ability as a driver and as an owner he has put together a good team. We are all just going to work together to make it better." Source: NASCAR Online

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Brett Bodine , Ernie Irvan , Dale Jarrett , Ted Musgrave , Rick Mast , Morgan Shepherd , Mark Martin
Teams Hendrick Motorsports