Team EJP Racing enters the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway preparing to make the team's 26th appearance in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competition. Geoffrey Bodine will be making his third attempt at the wheel of the No. 03 Team EJP...
Team EJP Racing enters the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway preparing to make the team's 26th appearance in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competition. Geoffrey Bodine will be making his third attempt at the wheel of the No. 03 Team EJP Chevrolet Silverado. Overall, it will be Bodine's 19th career NCTS start.
Geoffrey on Martinsville: "I can't wait to get to Martinsville. It is hard to get the chassis to handle just right at Martinsville because of the tight turns, and there really isn't a whole lot of grip. It's a driver's track, and I have had a lot of success at Martinsville. I have won races in just about every division they run there. I have won in the Cup car, late model sportsman (now Busch) and Modifieds. The only division I haven't won in is the Truck Series. We came pretty close back in 1995. I was leading coming to the white flag and got teamed up on by a couple of guys and spun out. Obviously it cost us the race. I haven't forgotten about it. We were two laps away from victory, and we are going down with a really good truck that tested really well last week. We're going to give it our best shot and try to close the deal this year."
Geoffrey at Martinsville: Geoffrey has started 38 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway. He has scored four wins, 11 top-5 finishes, 13 top-10 finishes, and seven pole positions at Martinsville. His win on April 29, 1984 in the No. 5 Northwestern Security Life Chevrolet was his first career victory and was also Rick Hendrick's first win as a team owner in NNCS competition. His other wins at Martinsville came in both races in 1990 (No. 11 Budweiser Ford owned by Junior Johnson) and the fall race in 1992 (No. 15 Motorcraft Ford owned by Bud Moore). He has completed 16,007 out of a possible 18,856 laps at Martinsville Speedway (84.9%), and has led 1,546 circuits in NNCS competition at Martinsville. His average start in the NNCS is 11.1, and his average finish is 17.7. He has earned $806,145 in NNCS competition at AMS.
Geoffrey has started six NASCAR Busch Series races at Martinsville Speedway. He has two top-5 finishes, three top-10 finishes, and one pole position with a best finish of fourth (twice). In 6 starts, he has completed 939 of a possible 1,250 laps (75.1%). His average Busch Series start is 2.8, and his average finish is 15.
He has one previous NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start at Martinsville. He started 17th and finished 15th after being bumped from the lead with two laps to go. He completed 149 of 150 laps and led a total of 14 laps.
Birthday at Martinsville: Geoffrey will celebrate his 55th birthday the day after the Kroger 250 at Martinsville. It is one element to a big weekend for Bodine at Martinsville. The NASCAR weekend at the paperclip-shaped oval marks the 20th anniversary of his first career win in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series competition (April 29, 2004). Team owner Steve Prescott has a surprise planned for Geoffrey at Martinsville, but won't let the cat out of the bag. "It is a milestone weekend for Geoffrey at Martinsville this weekend for a couple of different reasons," he said. "We have a big surprise planned, and we are going to share it with all the fans that have followed Geoffrey throughout his career."
Geoffrey in the NCTS: In 18 career NCTS starts (1995-2004), Geoffrey has six top-five finishes, nine top-10 finishes, and one career Bud Pole Award. His best finish is second, three times. He has a 13.9 average start and a 14.9 average finish. He has led 176 laps in NCTS competition. He has been running at the finish of 12 races, and finished on the lead lap in 10 of them.
As a team owner, Geoffrey has three career wins with driver Dave Rezendes, all coming in 1996 (Homestead, Nashville, and Sears Point).
Last Race Recap: Geoffrey's last NCTS start came at the 2004 Easy Care 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He started 24th, and drove to a 21st-place finish. Bodine and the team struggled to find the handle on a truck that was new to the Team EJP Racing fleet. The body was a Daytona body and did not provide sufficient downforce to allow Bodine to race to the front. He completed 131 of the race's 133 laps, and remained 11th in current NCTS point standings.
This Week's Truck: This week's truck is a brand new chassis, named Dracula. It has never been raced anywhere prior to this week's race at Martinsville. The first significant track time it had was in a private test session at Greenville-Pickens Speedway last week. It still has the 2003-spec Chevrolet Silverado body, which is part of the reason why the team has chosen to run it this week at Martinsville. "The 2003 body is not legal anywhere over one mile in length," said crew chief Steve May. "It was a brand new body when we put it on, and rather than cut it off and waste all the time and effort, we decided to take it to Martinsville. If we're going to need to take it off, we might as well knock it off this way. And if it survives Martinsville, then we have something we can take to Mansfield for the next race."
In the Pits: Team EJP Racing will utilize the services of Five Off/Five On this weekend in Atlanta. The crew will be the same one that services Tommy Baldwin Racing in the NASCAR Busch Series.
Front Tire Changer: Cesar Villanueva Front Tire Carrier: Dwayne Moore Rear Tire Changer: Kevin Hebart Rear Tire Carrier: Frank Brassfield Gasman: Clint Smith Catchcan: Jonathan Dame Jackman: Jason Riggs