G. Bodine released from Bessey

Bodine released from Bessey Motorsports By Marty Smith MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 12, 2000) NASCAR Winston Cup Series veteran Geoffrey Bodine was released from Bessey Motorsports on Monday afternoon, Bodine confirmed Tuesday. Team owner Joe...

Bodine released from Bessey Motorsports
By Marty Smith

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 12, 2000) NASCAR Winston Cup Series veteran Geoffrey Bodine was released from Bessey Motorsports on Monday afternoon, Bodine confirmed Tuesday.

Team owner Joe Bessey called Bodine at home Monday afternoon and informed him of his release. Bessey will drive the car for the remainder of the NASCAR 2000 season.

"He called me and said he was gonna drive the car the rest of the season, and that was pretty much it," Bodine said. "I was very shocked at the news yesterday. I didn't expect it. Several weeks ago Mr. Bessey asked me if I was going to drive his car for the rest of the season. He was concerned about that. I said yes. He said that's what they wanted and was happy with that response. So I was flabbergasted at the call yesterday."

Bodine admitted that he had spoken with several team owners regarding the 2001 season prior to being fired, but intended to finish the year in the No. 60 Power Team Chevrolet.

"The future of the Power Team is up in the air, they don't have a sponsor," Bodine said. "We've been losing people. It's made it difficult. When he asked me if I was driving the full season, I don't know what his motive was. I responded yes. I thought his word would be good for that, so I was shocked at his call yesterday."

Bodine hopes to at least land a temporary ride before this weekend's Dura Lube 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway, but has yet to do so.

"I've been on the phone burning the lines up trying to put something together for this weekend," Bodine said. "Right now I don't have anything put together. I was looking forward to going to Loudon under the conditions everyone is under. Right now, I might be there, but I might not have my helmet in hand."

Bodine said Tuesday that if he is unable to join a new team, he might end up in the broadcast booth. He has already contacted NBC, NASCAR's new TV partner, about jobs.

"I've considered, in the future maybe being a consultant, working with a team and a driver. I've even contacted NBC about a position as an analyst on their network for next season," Bodine said. "My main focus is to try and continue being a driver."

This is just the latest instance in a nightmare season for Bodine. The seasons began with a horrendous crash in the inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Daytona International Speedway. The accident left Bodine with a concussion, multiple bruises and lacerations, burns, a fractured right wrist, a fractured mid-back vertebra and a sprained toe on his left foot.

After a 10-race absence, he returned to competition at Richmond in May. However, he suffered dizzy spells during the Pontiac Excitement 400 and was replaced by his younger brother Todd, who had the fastest car on the track.

"I've worked very hard at coming back from the accident at Daytona, getting physically fit again and I haven't lost any desire to be a driver," he said. "I still have the determination and dedication it takes to be a top driver. That's my main objective right now, finding another opportunity to be a driver."

Bodine currently ranks 44th in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series points, and has yet to post a top-10 finish this season. His best run of the year came at Indianapolis, where he finished 12th.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
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