Bodine back in Tabasco Pontiac at Loudon by Dave Rodman HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (July 6, 1998) The up-and-down saga of the No. 35 Tabasco Pontiac will continue this week when the NASCAR Winston Cup Series travels to the Jiffy Lube 300 at New ...
Bodine back in Tabasco Pontiac at Loudon by Dave Rodman
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (July 6, 1998) The up-and-down saga of the No. 35 Tabasco Pontiac will continue this week when the NASCAR Winston Cup Series travels to the Jiffy Lube 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, with regular driver Todd Bodine expected to be back in the seat at a track where he has scored top-five finishes in NASCAR two top series.
"Daytona was a one-race deal and right now the plan is to have Todd in the car," ISM Racing Team Manager Ted McFlynn said on Monday, speaking of New Hampshire's action, which opens with practice and Bud Pole Award Qualifying on Friday.
Loy Allen had been hired to run the Pepsi 400, which was scheduled for July 4 at Daytona International Speedway. The race was postponed to Saturday, Oct. 17 due to "wildfires" that have plagued the area surrounding the speedway.
Allen was placed in the car due to his previous record at Daytona, which includes two pole positions -- including one for the 1994 Daytona 500 -- and an outside pole effort for the 1994 Pepsi 400. The No. 35 Grand Prix has qualified for only eight of the first 16 NASCAR Winston Cup Series races this season.
Bodine has qualified for seven of the 15 races he's attempted, with a best effort of an outside front row qualifying run and a 10th-place finish in the PRIMESTAR 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March. Wally Dallenbach qualified and drove the car in the California 500 presented by NAPA at the California Speedway in Fontana when Bodine was injured in a crash in practice.
Team owner Bob Hancher stated before the Pepsi 400 week activities opened that every aspect of the operation was under review, with the driver's position being the first to be closely examined.
Bodine has started only two NASCAR Winston Cup Series races at New Hampshire, which has staged six series events since 1993. His best qualifying effort was 15th in 1994, when he also scored his best finish -- a fifth-place effort -- driving the No. 75 Factory Stores of America Ford for team owner Butch Mock.
In 10 NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division starts at New Hampshire, Bodine has a best finish of third in the New England Chevy Dealers 250 in 1992.
Source: NASCAR Online