Ted Musgrave to Sub for Geoffrey Bodine

Musgrave to sub for recovering Bodine By Dave Rodman DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 21, 2000) NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver Geoffrey Bodine was moved from the intensive care unit of Halifax Medical Center to a private room and his condition has...

Musgrave to sub for recovering Bodine By Dave Rodman

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 21, 2000) NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver Geoffrey Bodine was moved from the intensive care unit of Halifax Medical Center to a private room and his condition has been upgraded to satisfactory, Daytona International Speedway officials announced Monday afternoon.

Bessey Motorsports owner Joe Bessey also announced on Monday afternoon that NASCAR Winston Cup Series veteran Ted Musgrave of Franklin, Wis., would replace Bodine on a "race-to-race basis" in the No. 60 Power Team Chevrolet beginning with this weekend's Dura Lube/Kmart 400 at North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham.

Bodine is recovering from multiple injuries he suffered in a multi-truck accident in last Friday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Daytona 250. He suffered a concussion; multiple bruises and lacerations; burns, lacerations and a fracture of his right wrist; a fractured mid-back vertebra; and a sprained toe on his left foot.

"We're very happy to have Ted in our car," Bessey said of the veteran who has been rideless since he stepped out of the Galaxy Motorsports Ford midway through the Pennzoil 400 presented by Kmart last November at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Bessey said the decision was made after Bodine himself offered to make a solo lap to maintain his standing in the point table.

"We flew down Saturday as a team to visit Geoffrey and give him our support," Bessey said from the team's shop on Monday. "He told me Saturday night that he was planning to be in Rockingham and at least drive a lap to get the credit for starting. I told him I was glad his sense of humor was still intact."

"We felt like it was real important to get someone in the car that could give it his undivided attention," Bessey said, indicating that his first thought was to get in the seat himself.

"That was my very first reaction, but the more I thought about it, we felt the best move would be to get someone who only had to concentrate on being the driver. That pretty much ruled me out.

"We want to do everything we can do -- especially after not making the 500 -- to get a good solid finish and pull us out of this downward spiral. We all feel like with Ted standing in until Geoffrey can return that it will give us a chance as a team to still contend in the (owner) points."

-nascar.com-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Geoffrey Bodine , Ted Musgrave