Martinsville: Geoffrey Bodine race notes

Martinsville, Va. - Geoffrey Bodine was looking to recapture some of the Martinsville magic that sent him to victory lane for the very first time in his NASCAR Cup Series career back in April 1984. Instead, lady luck frowned on Bodine and the Team...

Martinsville, Va. - Geoffrey Bodine was looking to recapture some of the Martinsville magic that sent him to victory lane for the very first time in his NASCAR Cup Series career back in April 1984. Instead, lady luck frowned on Bodine and the Team EJP Racing team, forcing them to sit on the sidelines rather than race in the Kroger 250.

The team unveiled a special commemorative paint job on Thursday in honor of Bodine's first career Cup win on April 29, 1984. The red-and-white truck looked identical to the "All-Star Racing" Chevy that Bodine drove to that win twenty years ago.

While the truck looked great and optimism for a great weekend flowed, track conditions forced the team to hunt for forward grip coming out of the turns. Changes made before qualifying helped, but not enough and Bodine fell just 0.006 seconds short of qualifying for the field on time. When the provisional starting spots were handed out, Bodine and the team were again one spot away from making the cut, and were forced to load up and go home.

Rather than sulk at their misfortune, the team immediately started to diagnose the problems with the truck and plans to bring the same chassis to the next short track race, on May 16 in Mansfield, Ohio.

Bodine will have a leg up on his teammates, as he is scheduled to race in a Late Model in Mansfield on April 24. He will compete in the full program, including qualifying, a heat race, and the 30-lap feature. Following the racing program Bodine will sign autographs on the track's midway.

The Ohio 250 at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway is scheduled to get the green flag shortly after 2 p.m. Eastern on May 16. The race is to be televised live on Speed and can be heard live on MRN Radio affiliates nationwide and XM Satellite Radio NASCAR 144.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Geoffrey Bodine