Eel River Racing/Todd Bodine Make Bristol Deal

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 26, 1999) - Todd Bodine will be behind the wheel of the No. 30 Bryan Pontiac at the Goody's 500 in Bristol, Tenn. announced Eel River Racing owner Jack Birmingham Thursday. Bodine signed a one-race deal with Eel River ...

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 26, 1999) - Todd Bodine will be behind the wheel of the No. 30 Bryan Pontiac at the Goody's 500 in Bristol, Tenn. announced Eel River Racing owner Jack Birmingham Thursday.

Bodine signed a one-race deal with Eel River Racing. The driver for the balance of the season is still pending.

"We're looking for a driver with racing experience who would mesh quickly with the guys on our team," Birmingham said. "We have a good motor plant, car and equipment ready for an experienced driver. We know Todd and he fit the bill. We're excited to have him behind the wheel of the No. 30 car at the Goody's 500 and look forward to a productive showing this weekend."

Bodine has 98 career Winston Cup starts and has notched four top-5 and 13 top-10 finishes. He has accumulated $1,928,802 in his Winston Cup career.

"I'm always excited about racing," Bodine said. "This is a situation where Eel River Racing needed some help, I've been friends with Barry (Dodson) a long time and he asked me to help them out. This isn't the first time I've stepped into a Winston Cup ride. It's pretty much business as usual. I've substituted for Bill Elliot, Kyle Petty, the No. 33 car for three races, and the No. 91 for five races, so this is nothing new to me. I just need to communicate with the crew chief, tell him what I need and just do the best that I can."

Bodine races in the Busch series for Cicci-Welliner Racing and the No. 66 Philips 66 Chevrolet. He is currently fourth in the Busch Series standings with 2,936 points. Bodine has posted seven top-5 and 15 top-10 finishes this season, earning $394,915 in prize money. Bodine is the younger brother of Winston Cup drivers Geoffrey and Brett Bodine.

Birmingham's No. 30 Pontiac has a rotating sponsorship with four Sara Lee companies this season. The companies are Jimmy Dean, Bryan, State Fair Brand Corn Dogs and Rudy's Farm. Bryan will be on the hood for the Goody's 500 this weekend.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Brett Bodine , Todd Bodine , Kyle Petty