Geoff Bodine: From NASCAR's Ovals To The Olympic's Rings
Geoff Bodine was born on April 18th, 1949, and began racing when he was just 5 years old. He won many of the big NASCAR Modified races in the 1970s, and we was racing Modified cars in 1978 when he started 84 feature events, winning 55 of them and earning himself a place in the Guiness Book of World Records for “Most wins in one season”. In 1979 he started his first NASCAR Sprint Cup (or Winston Cup as it was called back then) race. 1982 was his first full season, and he won the Rookie of the Year honors, finishing 22nd in points. At Martinsville in 1984 he got his first win, the first of three that year. In 1986 he won NASCAR's most prestigious race, the Daytona 500, and he followed that up in 1987 by winning the International Race of Champions (IROC) championship. 1990 was his best year in NASCAR's premiere series, when he finished 3rd in the points. During a 2000 Craftsman truck series race at Daytona he was involved in a serious accident that kept him out of the cockpit for more than half a season. After the accident he raced part time until 2012, when he officially announced his retirement from NASCAR.