BUSCH: Darlington: Todd Bodine race summary

Bodine posts top-10 finish at Darlington Raceway. DARLINGTON, S.C. (March 16, 2002) -- Todd Bodine's return to the NASCAR Busch Series this past Saturday was a successful one as he drove the No. 92 Excedrin Chevrolet to an eighth-place finish at...

Bodine posts top-10 finish at Darlington Raceway.

DARLINGTON, S.C. (March 16, 2002) -- Todd Bodine's return to the NASCAR Busch Series this past Saturday was a successful one as he drove the No. 92 Excedrin Chevrolet to an eighth-place finish at the track "too tough to tame."

Bodine, in his first start with the Herzog Jackson Motorsports team, lined up in 23rd place for the start of the darlingtonraceway.com 200 at Darlington (S.C) Raceway after posting a qualifying speed of 165.020 miles per hour around the 1.366-mile oval on Friday afternoon.

The green flag flew for the start of the 147-lap event and Bodine immediately radioed to crew chief Tony Liberati that the No. 92 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was tight. A caution flag on lap 26 enabled Liberati and the crew to make air pressure adjustments and add wedge to the car in an effort to remedy the tight handling condition. Bodine was in 21st when he entered the pits on lap 27 and thanks to an excellent pit stop by the crew, he returned to the track in the 16th spot.

Bodine's handling problem worsened shortly after the green flag flew once again on lap 30. A minor altercation with the No. 37 car driven by Jeff Purvis caused damage to the right front fender of the Excedrin Chevrolet. Bodine was in the 14th position when NASCAR threw a yellow flag on lap 66. He asked Liberati to loosen the chassis again, which was accomplished with air pressure adjustments during the ensuing pit stop. The crew checked the damage to the fender and also gave Bodine four fresh tires and fuel. After a great pit stop, he was sent back out on the track in 12th, for a gain of two positions.

"We had awesome pit stops," commented Bodine. "These guys are good. I can't wait until we do a little better in qualifying and can start up front. We'll be there all day with stops like that."

The team continued to make adjustments to the car throughout the event and Bodine remained near the top 10 for the remainder of the event. Another excellent pit stop after a caution flag on lap 131 allowed Bodine to pick up three spots and moved the Excedrin Chevrolet into the top 10. When the checkered flag was shown on lap 147, Bodine was in eighth place. The top-10 finish was the 137th of Todd Bodine's Busch Series career and moved the Excedrin Racing team up two spots in the NASCAR Busch Series owner point standings to ninth.

"Typical Darlington," said Bodine after the race. "It was a tough race. We had a good car and then we got the left front bent up, which kind of messed us up. All in all, for what we went through, we had a good day. This team builds great racecars, has great equipment and an awesome crew. I'm so excited about the rest of this Busch season."

The NASCAR Busch Series goes short-track racing next weekend as it heads to the .533-mile oval of Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. Qualifying for the Channellock 250 will take place at 1:30 p.m. EST on Friday, March 22, 2002. The event will be broadcast live on MRN radio and FX television beginning at 1:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, March 23.

For more Excedrin Racing information log onto www.excedrin.com. Excedrin is a family of non-prescription pain relievers for safe and effective pain relief for a range of headache types. Excedrin is produced by Bristol-Myers Squibb, a leading diversified worldwide health and personal care company, whose principle businesses are medications, nutritionals and medical devices.

For more information on Herzog Jackson Motorsports, Reggie Jackson and Todd Bodine please visit www.hjmotorsports.com, www.reggiejackson.com and www.todd-bodine.com.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
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