Qualifying Complete At Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- The Fifth Annual Lucas Oil Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge presented by Whelen Engineering is underway at the Olympic Sports Complex as practice and qualifying took place...
Qualifying Complete At Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- The Fifth Annual Lucas Oil Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge presented by Whelen Engineering is underway at the Olympic Sports Complex as practice and qualifying took place on Saturday in Lake Placid, N.Y.
2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Raybestos Rookie of the Year Joey Logano was the fastest NASCAR representative in Saturday afternoon's qualifying session -- and second among the event's 10 participants -- with a run of 50.79 seconds. Logano's qualifying run came after the third-year Bodine Bobsled Challenge competitor was fastest overall during morning practice.
Off-road racer Carl Renezeder was quickest in qualifying with a fast run of 50.66 seconds to earn the No. 1 seed for Sunday's Race 1. NHRA driver -- and last year's Race 2 winner -- Morgan Lucas was third-fastest in qualifying at 51.13 seconds.
Jeg Coughlin Jr. (NHRA), Shawn Langdon (NHRA), Corey LaJoie (NASCAR Camping World Series East), Philip Morris (NASCAR Whelen All-American Series), Melanie Troxel (NHRA), Boris Said (NASCAR Sprint Cup Series) and George Brunnhoelzl III (NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour) rounded out qualifying on Saturday.
For Brunnhoelzl, who is piloting a bobsled for the first time this weekend, it has been a learning experience so far.
"I got off to kind of a bumpy start," Brunnhoelzl said. "On the first trip down on Friday, on the higher plane, I flipped it over. It was fun going down, but sliding down on your head isn't too much fun. Then, first thing this morning, I did the same thing and put it over again. So I had to sit back and analyze what I was doing."
The 2009 Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion was able to make adjustments and turn in some clean runs to close out the day.
"It's a lot of fun," Brunnhoelzl said. "I definitely give those [Olympic] guys a lot of credit. They're definitely working a lot harder than it looks on TV."
Sunday morning will see all 10 participants compete in Race 1, which will consist of two rounds to determine the fastest overall competitor, based on time. Sunday afternoon's Race 2 will pit the fastest NASCAR drivers against the fastest from the NHRA in a head-to-head challenge.
The Bodine Bobsled Challenge is held on Mount Van Hovenburg in rural Lake Placid, site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, and the 2009 World Bobsled Championships. The event is geared to create awareness and greater funding for the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project, Inc., which provides made-in-America bobsleds for the United States men's and women's national teams.