Charlotte Todd Bodine to Drive Bryan Pontiac

BODINE BACK IN BRYAN PONTIAC (Oct. 5, 1999) -- Todd Bodine will be back in the Bryan Pontiac when qualifying for the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway Wednesday night and he'll be prepared to make the necessary sacrifices. Getting ...

BODINE BACK IN BRYAN PONTIAC

(Oct. 5, 1999) -- Todd Bodine will be back in the Bryan Pontiac when qualifying for the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway Wednesday night and he'll be prepared to make the necessary sacrifices.

Getting around the 1.5-mile superspeedway is all about making sacrifices.

"Nine times out of 10 you have to sacrifice your handling in one turn to get through another better," Bodine said. "Turn two seems to be a little bit more of a freer corner and to be good off of turn four you have to be a little loose off two. I've had it where the car is really good in both corners, so I know it can be done, but it's extremely difficult to get it to that point. If you want to be good off of turn two you're going to be tight off turn four. Or if you want to be good off turn four you're going to be loose off turn two. You have to realize that going into it. I want to be good off of turn four. You don't want to be tight because that slows the car down."

Bodine posted the best finish of the season with a 15th-place run in the Bryan Pontiac in the Aug. 28 Goody's 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. He's also had success at Charlotte, where he won the 1995 Winston Open.

"We were awfully fast," Bodine said. "We came from 15th or so and took the lead. We were running away with it and the caution came out with 12 laps to go. I made the call to pit for four tires and nobody else did. It went back to green with eight laps to go and I was like 12th or so. With three laps to go, I took the lead. It was a pretty fast car, so fast that a lot of people expected us to win The Winston. But after we finished fifth in the first segment of that race, we got into a crash."

Bodine will pull double duty at Charlotte. He will also run in Saturday's Busch Series race.

Will the knowledge he takes from Saturday's race help Sunday?

"Certainly. That's one reason why Mark Martin likes to run the Busch races," Bodine said. "You learn a lot about the race track and that enables you to compare things. You know how a car is going to react during a longer run. The setup might be a little bit different, but the shocks and things like that can transfer over to the Bryan Pontiac."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Todd Bodine , Mark Martin