Todd Bodine To Drive for Eel River Racing at Richmond

(Sept. 7, 1999) -- Todd Bodine will be in the seat of the State Fair Brand Corn Dogs Pontiac when the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit hits Richmond International Raceway for Saturday night's Exide NASCAR Select 400. Bodine posted the best finish of...

(Sept. 7, 1999) -- Todd Bodine will be in the seat of the State Fair Brand Corn Dogs Pontiac when the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit hits Richmond International Raceway for Saturday night's Exide NASCAR Select 400.

Bodine posted the best finish of the season for the Eel River Racing team with a 15th-place run in the Goody's 500 at Bristol two weeks ago. Despite his short stint with the State Fair Brand Corn Dogs team, Bodine likes what he sees.

"With guys like Barry Dodson and Buddy Barnes, it's been easy," Bodine said. "They've got the people behind them and they're getting better every week. When you have the experience like Barry and 'Red Dog' have, it trickles down through the crew and everybody catches on and learns. They're real good about teaching and making sure everybody is doing everything right. Our communication has been great and we've hit it off. It's a situation like you look for. We proved at Bristol, in a short period of time, what we can do. We had a good enough car at Darlington where we could have been up at the front the whole race, but the distributor broke in qualifying."

Bodine will pull double duty this weekend. He will also run the Busch Series race Friday night. He currently ranks fourth in that circuit's point standings, but he doesn't hide the fact he'd like to return full-time to NASCAR's major leagues.

"I love running these cars," Bodine said. "It's different and it's enjoyable for me. I still enjoy the Busch Series, it's a lot of fun, but to come over here and once again get in a car with a new team, get in it and run well, I would hope that these team owners look at that and understand. This isn't the first time it's happened. It seems like every time I get in a car we run well. That alone is a little disheartening when people don't pay attention to that."

Based on the team's short track success at Bristol, Bodine is confident the State Fair Brand Corn Dogs Pontiac can be competitive at Richmond.

"You really have to be smooth and you can't overdrive the car at Richmond," Bodine said. "It's incredibly easy to overdrive the track. If you underdrive it, you're going to go slow by a tenth. If you overdrive it, you're gong to go slow by three tenths, so you've got to be sure you don't overdrive it and be smooth. It's a fast track and the smoother you are the faster you're going to be."

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