DejÃ vu: Cicci, Bodine get together once again at Dover International Speedway DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 30, 2006) -- Frank Cicci hopes to resurrect a bit of magic this weekend at Dover International Speedway. An independent owner in the...
Dejà vu: Cicci, Bodine get together once again at Dover International Speedway
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 30, 2006) -- Frank Cicci hopes to resurrect a bit of magic this weekend at Dover International Speedway.
An independent owner in the NASCAR Busch Series for 20 years, Cicci leads all series owners in wins at the one-mile track with four, and captured three of those in the spring race with driver Todd Bodine from 1991-93.
In fact, Bodine's inaugural NASCAR Busch Series win came for Cicci at Dover in 1991 and the first seven of his 15 series victories came running for his fellow upstate New Yorker. Bodine's three wins are the most for any series driver at Dover.
Cicci won his fourth race in 1995 in the fall with driver Mike McLaughlin. It was another significant NASCAR Busch Series moment for the team as it was the first race on Dover's concrete surface as well as the first -- and only -- series win for McLaughlin.
The Cicci-Bodine combination will be back together at the Monster Mile with Bodine once again driving Cicci's familiar No. 34 Chevrolet. The difference between their first winning effort and this weekend is that the car will carry sponsorship from GlowBouy. Fifteen years ago, Bodine's victory came with an "unsponsored, plain white car," according to Cicci.
"Geoff and Brett (Bodine) were real good there and taught Todd how to get around Dover, and Todd passed all that information to our team," Cicci said when reflecting back on the team's success at the track in the early and mid- 90s.
"We're all from the same county in New York," Cicci said. "It's just been a real good relationship. [Todd] will run for me any time, but I don't want to hurt his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series situation, where he's leading the points. He's on his game right now.
Presently partnered with NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, Cicci -- who has 19 career wins and is nearing 800 starts -- is staying in the racing game despite not having visited Victory Lane since 2001. But the first-generation son of Italian immigrants keeps pushing to compete.
"My dad (Frank Cicci Sr.) came to the United States when he was 13, didn't speak English and had to learn everything all over again," Cicci said. "He'd always be in the frame of mind that no matter how bad a problem was, 'that's okay, we can fix it.' I guess I got that attitude from him.
"NASCAR was built on the premise that the guy who works the hardest is going to get ahead. The Cup owners who run in our series had to work hard for everything they had, started from the bottom and worked their tails off to get where they are. I have a lot of respect for them.
"What it takes nowadays kind of gets lost in this country," he said. "Everybody can get ahead, but you have to put your mind to it to work hard at what you want and what you want to be."