NASCAR DRIVER PROFILE - BRETT BODINE

Brett Bodine, Winston Cup's only full-time owner-driver, has had his share of obstacles to overcome, but he met each and every one of them head-on.

  • Born: Elmira, N.Y.
  • Resides: Davidson, N.C.
  • Family: Bodine and his wife, Diane, have a daughter, Heidi.
  • Team: Brett Bodine Racing
  • Car: Ford
  • Sponsor: Wells Fargo Financial, Timberland
  • Car owner: Brett Bodine
  • Crew chief: Mike Hillman
2001 review: Brett Bodine struggled, but survived, through another year as a car owner/driver. He finished 30th in points, but only posted two top-10 finishes. He did, however, start every race.

2002 outlook: Until this team picks up serious sponsorship to expand to a two-car operation or joins forces with another single-car operation, it is unlikely Bodine will crack the top-10 in points.

Bodine's only series win came at North Wilkesboro in 1990.

One of the Northeast's top modified drivers, Bodine followed elder brother Geoff south and scored his only Winston Cup win in 1990 at North Wilkesboro in a car owned by drag racer Kenny Bernstein. He joined Junior Johnson, then bought the team after the 1995 season and debuted as an owner/driver in 1996. He had one top 10 was 24th in points.

Bodine recorded his first million-dollar season in 1998, but fell to 25th in points. And in 2000, he led all qualifiers and posted the fastest time for a stock car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

In 2001, Brett Bodine had a best finish of eighth at New Hampshire in the season finale, one of nine top-20 finishes his team scored. He used only seven provisionals and made every race.

It may be easy for some fans to overlook Brett Bodine; but, arguably, no one in the sport works harder. Bodine's background includes NASCAR Modifieds and the Busch Series, where he was runner-up to Larry Pearson for the championship in 1986. Bodine stepped in as a relief driver for Terry Labonte in Junior Johnson' s Budweiser Chevrolet in 1987 (Martinsville and North Wilkesboro).

He made his Winston Cup debut in the 1986 Coca-Cola 600 in a Rick Hendrick-owned car. He finished 17th. His first victory came at North Wilkesboro in 1990 in his 80th start while driving for Kenny Bernstein. Nineteen races later, Brett Bodine won the first of five Bud Pole Awards in the 1990 Mello Yello 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. That season was his best in the series, as he finished 12th.

Brett Bodine, who has an associate's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of New York at Alfred, started his racing career at his hometown Chemung Speedrome in 1977.

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