Geoff Bodine
Driver
Class of 2010

     

            Winner of the 1986 Daytona 500, Geoff Bodine’s racing career seemed to be on-track right from the start as his father and grandfather, Eli Bodine Jr. and Sr. built Chemung Speedrome in New York State just a year after he was born. He began honing his racing skills at that track in the micro-midget division at age-five. As a teen, his desire to race was such that he disguised himself as a lady and entered a Powderpuff Division Race when he was only fifteen years-old. 

            As a New England Modified racer in the 1970’s, Bodine routinely won against the division’s elite. He earned championships at Stafford Springs, Thompson, Spencer, and Utica-Rome. Establishing a new single-season standard for the class in 1978, he won more races than any other Modified driver in recorded history. Driving cars owned by Dick Armstrong with Billy Taylor as crew chief, he started eighty-four feature events, winning fifty-five. Among the most prestigious of those victories was the Race of Champions at Pocono, the Budweiser 200 at Oswego, major events at Martinsville, the Thompson 300, and a sweep of the six-race Yankee All-Star League series. For those fifty-five victories, Bodine is credited in the Guinness Book of World Records with “Most wins in one season”. 

            After moving South, he won 18 NASCAR Sprint Cup races. His background also includes triumphs in the Late Model and Nationwide Series divisions. He has six Busch Grand National victories.

  


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