BUSCH: Countdown to Beverly Hills: Todd Bodine

Todd Bodine enjoyed a pretty successful year in the Busch Series in 2000. But, like three of the other drivers who finished in the top-10, he is moving to a different circuit this year. He will be joining Casey Atwood, who finished eighth in...

Todd Bodine enjoyed a pretty successful year in the Busch Series in 2000. But, like three of the other drivers who finished in the top-10, he is moving to a different circuit this year.

He will be joining Casey Atwood, who finished eighth in points, and Ron Hornaday, who finished fifth, in the Winston Cup ranks. Bodine finished fourth in Busch points with two poles, one trip to Victory Lane, 14 top-5s and 19 top-10s to pick up almost $640,000 in winnings.

The former driver of the No. 66 Chevrolet finished 38 points behind @!Kevin Harvick in the final standings. For the first 13 races of the season, Bodine had nine top-5s and 13 top-10s for the Cicci-Welliver Racing team. He led the points standings after the eighth event and fell to second for the next 10 races.

His hold on second started to slip away after the 19th race and once he fell to third and then fourth, he stayed there until the final race.

There was one statistic that lingered on his racing resume since 1997 that he wanted to take care of, and that was to win. His victory at Michigan Speedway in August was the 11th of his career, and his pole at Talladega Superspeedway was his first since 1993.

This will be Bodine's second attempt at Winston Cup. His 1998 effort collapsed after Bodine failed to qualify for eight of the season's first 15 races. He was released in July of that year.

He will be replacing the retired Darrell Waltrip in the No. 66 Ford for Haas-Carter Motorsports this year. Bodine has filled in for several Cup owners throught the years, but this will be the first time he will have his own ride since '98.

Bodine leaves behind a Busch Series career of 236 races with 11 victories, 70 top-5s and 129 top-10s.

-nascar.com

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Todd Bodine , Casey Atwood , Ron Hornaday Jr.