BODINE HOPES MIAMI EXPERIENCE PAYS OFF IN JIMMY DEAN PONTIAC (Nov. 9, 1999) -- He may never have won a NASCAR Winston Cup race, but Jimmy Dean Pontiac driver Todd Bodine may be a good darkhorse pick in Sunday's inaugural Pennzoil 400 at ...
BODINE HOPES MIAMI EXPERIENCE PAYS OFF IN JIMMY DEAN PONTIAC
(Nov. 9, 1999) -- He may never have won a NASCAR Winston Cup race, but Jimmy Dean Pontiac driver Todd Bodine may be a good darkhorse pick in Sunday's inaugural Pennzoil 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
That's because Bodine has four NASCAR Busch Series starts at the track, while most of his Winston Cup counterparts have never run on the flat, 1.5-mile superspeedway. Bodine has two top-10 finishes at the facility, including a third-place run in 1996 when he led five times for 43 laps.
"We may have a little advantage in the fact that I do have some starts at Homestead," Bodine said. "But there are a few Cup drivers that have run there. A lot of them have tested and we get the extra practice day, so that leg up is going to quickly disappear, especially with a day of practice. These guys are professionals and they know what they are doing. They can get adapted very quickly. To say we are going to have a big leg-up, that would be an overstatement."
But still, Bodine is confident of a competitive run in the Jimmy Dean Pontiac, owned by Boston businessman Jack Birmingham and prepared by crew chief Barry Dodson.
"I've run every Busch race there and I've always run well there," Bodine said. "You've got to be smooth. It's very easy to overdrive it. It's easy to underdrive it, too. You've got to have a good car, a car that turns off the corner good. A guy that can turn through the middle and get in the throttle and turn all the way off the corner is the one that is going to win."
Once again, Bodine will compete in Saturday's Busch Series race at Homestead. Much like last weekend at Phoenix International Raceway, Bodine will borrow from the setup in his Busch Series car and let Dodson fine-tune on it for the Jimmy Dean Pontiac.
"I've got a setup that I think will probably work well for us," Bodine said. "It seems like everything relates good back and forth. I think we'll be all right with that."