Geoffrey Bodine will return to Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He will attempt to make his second start in the No. 35 Luke and Associates Chevrolet in the Bank of America 500.
CHASSIS NO. 297 – Bodine will compete in the No. 297 chassis this weekend. TBR purchased the chassis from Richard Childress Racing this season. Paul Menard drove the chassis prior to this weekend’s debut with TBR.
Qualify for Bank of America 500: The No. 35 Luke and Associates Chevrolet will have to qualify for the Bank of America 500. There are 48 entries for the event, so Bodine will have to beat five go-or-go home cars in qualifying on Thursday.
Geoffrey Bodine Quotes:
On Racing at Charlotte: “Charlotte is a track that most drivers enjoy racing on. Charlotte has always had a lot of excitement and drama. When you walk out to the line, you feel the electricity of the crowd, so it’s pretty easy to feel good about racing there. Being close to a lot of drivers’ and teams’ homes, you feel like you are home, and everyone likes to do good at home. With the new asphalt it’s fast and smooth, and because of that it is difficult. It takes nerve and skill to go out there and put down a fast lap for qualifying and then hang on for 400 or 500 or 600 miles.”
On Charlotte's Innovation: “The way Charlotte has always been innovative in the sport with night racing, the all-star event, the 600, they made the track a big deal to go to and win. That’s another reason why you like to do well when you come here; you want to be one of the drivers who won here."
Past Racing at CMS: "I’ve had some great times here. I had one of my first races as an owner here, and we won and got to do the Kulwicki Polish victory lap. I’ve also had some tough times here too. We crashed in practice once, and I broke three ribs and punctured a lung. I’ve gotten sick during the 600 and actually threw up in the car a couple of times. I had some really great, crazy and wild racing with the late Dale Earnhardt here in both Nationwide and Cup.”