Todd Bodine is an American professional stock car racing driver. Todd is the younger brother of former racers Geoffrey and Brett Bodine. Bodine is known for his bald head. Bodine would make his Busch Series debut in 1986, for Pistone Racing at Martinsville, he qualified and finished 27th in the 30-car field, falling out of the race early with an engine problem. Bodine went on a three-year hiatus from the series until 1990, when he would drive eight races for the Highline Racing #42/#81 Ames Pontiac, making his season debut at Martinsville, he finished in the 8th position. He followed that up with finishes of 7th at Orange County and 3rd at Dover Downs. In 1991, he signed to drive for Frank Cicci. In his first full season in the series, he won his first career race, one of 15 top-10s in 1991. Bodine won his first two poles: Back to back at Dublin and South Boston, he ended the year seventh in points. Bodine's career in Cup started at Watkins Glen International Raceway on August 9, 1992 when he was 28 years old.
He raced the No. 34 Ford Thunderbird for Cicci-Welliver Racing. His first full-time season came in 1994, he raced the No. 75 Ford Thunderbird sponsored by Factory Stores. He missed one race the whole season and scored two Top 5s and seven Top 10s on his way to a 20th-place position in the point standings, he was unable to match those statistics in 1995 as he finished 33rd in the points with only one Top 5 and 3 Top 10s. Following his release from Butch Mock, Bodine spent 1996, filling in for Bill Elliott in a four-race span, finishing 10th at Pocono, he drove three races apiece for David Blair Motorsports and Andy Petree Racing. In 1997, he filled in for Ricky Craven at Hendrick Motorsports at Texas and for his brother Geoff at Charlotte Motor Speedway, before he won the pole at Watkins Glen for Cicci-Welliver in a one-race deal, he finished 35th due to engine problems in that race. Todd started races for five different teams in 1997. At Loudon, he relieved Jeff Burton, who had an inner ear problem and exited his Roush Racing car after 68 laps.
He has a daughter named Ashlyn. She was born May 21, 1998. For 1998, he signed with a new team called ISM Racing; the team struggled and he was temporarily replaced by Loy Allen, Jr. for the Pepsi 400 in July after the race was delayed to October was fired by the team before the next race at New Hampshire International Speedway. He went back to Cicci-Welliver in the Busch Series, replacing rookie Mike Cope in the No. 30 Slim Jim car. He finished 33rd in points despite running 13 races, posted a string of five consecutive top-five finishes, he ran part-time in cup for LJ Racing, posting a fifth at Atlanta. In 1999, his Cicci-Welliver team switched to No. 66, he posted ten top-fives en route a fourth-place points finish. In addition, he ran seven races for Eel River Racing at the Cup level, his best finish being 15th at Bristol. In 2000, he won a pole at Talladega as well as the race at Michigan, he would get back into Cup racing full-time in 2001 while racing the No. 66 K-Mart Ford Taurus, owned by Haas-Carter Motorsports.
Despite getting three poles, he only scored two Top 5s, missed the Daytona 500, was plagued with 12 DNFs, causing him to finish 29th in points. He won the exhibition No-Bull Sprint, which put him into the Winston at Lowe's Motor Speedway, he ran half the schedule in the Busch Series, winning two of the first three races of the season with Buckshot Racing, before ending the season driving for Fitz Motorsports. He lost his ride after Kmart filed for bankruptcy, he won the Kroger 300, finishing 23rd in points. During the season, he rejoined Haas-Carter, he garnered a fifth-place run at Richmond, finished 38th in points. In 2003, Carter partnered with Sam Belnavis to field the No. 54 United States National Guard Ford for Bodine. Bodine's best finish that year was an eighth at Pocono and he finished 31st in standings. After that year, Belnavis abandoned the operation and took sponsors National Guard and Subway to Roush Racing and the Carter team closed its doors due to lack of sponsorship. Bodine got a win at Darlington in the Busch Series for Herzog and led the Busch Series points standings but again a lack of sponsorship forced his team to close.
He ended the season at Innovative Motorsports. He split 2004 between Mach 1 Racing, Arnold Motorsports, R&J Racing, his best finish a 23rd at Bristol, he ran five Busch races for Marsh Racing, finishing fifth at Homestead. Bodine made his Craftsman Truck Series debut in 1995 driving for Roush Racing's No. 61 Ford for 5 races. In his debut, Bodine qualified 3rd on the road course at Heartland Park Topeka, finished fourth, his worst finish was at Mesa Marin Raceway, where he finished eighth an 8th place, earned his best start of 2nd and led his first career lap. Bodine did not run the Trucks again until 2004, when he competed for Fiddleback Racing at Charlotte, finishing 20th and ran for HT Motorsports's No. 59 Dodge at Kansas with a 15th. He signed with the new Germain-Arnold Racing team, finishing 4th in their debut at Richmond. After losing in Vegas to Shane Hmiel, Bodine won his first two career races back-to-back at Fontana and Texas. Competing in ten events, Bodine averaged a 13th-place finish in his events, despite falling out of three with mechanical issues.
Neither Bodine nor crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. were happy with contract issues and the team leadership. So Bodine parted ways with the team and went back to Fiddleback Racing, where he would drive in 2005. Bodine was able to earn four top-10
In motorsport the pole position is the position at the inside of the front row at the start of a racing event. This position is given to the vehicle and driver with the best qualifying time in the trials before the race; this number-one qualifying driver is referred to as the pole sitter. Grid position is determined by a qualifying session prior to the race, where race participants compete to ascend to the number 1 grid slot, the driver, pilot, or rider having recorded fastest qualification time awarded the advantage of the number 1 grid slot ahead of all other vehicles for the start of the race; the fastest qualifier was not the designated pole-sitter. Different sanctioning bodies in motor sport employ different qualifying formats in designating who starts from pole position. A starting grid is derived either by current rank in the championship, or based on finishing position of a previous race. In important events where multiple qualification attempts spanned several days, the qualification result was segmented or staggered, by which session a driver qualified, or by which particular day a driver set his qualification time, only drivers having qualified on the initial day eligible for pole position.
In a phenomenon known as race rigging, where race promoters or sanctioning bodies invert their starting grid for the purpose of entertainment value, the slowest qualifier would be designated as pole-sitter. In contrast to contemporary motorsport, where only a race participant is designated pole-sitter, prior to World War II, the pace car was designated as official pole-sitter for the Indianapolis 500; the term has its origins in horse racing, in which the fastest qualifying horse would be placed on the inside part of the course, next to the pole. In Grand Prix racing, grid positions, including pole, were determined by lottery among the drivers. Prior to the inception of the Formula One World Championship, the first instance of grid positions being determined by qualifying times was at the 1933 Monaco Grand Prix. Since the FIA have introduced many different qualifying systems to Formula One. From the long-standing system of one session on each of Friday and Saturday, to the current knockout-style qualifying leaving 10 out of 20 drivers to battle for pole, there have been many changes to qualifying systems.
Between 1996 and 2006, the FIA made 6 significant changes to the qualifying procedure, each with the intention of making the battle for pole more interesting to viewers at home. Traditionally, pole was always occupied by the fastest driver due to low-fuel qualifying; the race-fuel qualifying era between 2003 and 2009 changed this. Despite the changing formats, drivers attempting pole were required between 2003 and 2009 to do qualifying laps with the fuel they would use to start the race the next day. An underfuelled slower car and driver would therefore be able to take pole ahead of a better but heavier-fueled car. In this situation, pole was not always advantageous to have in the race as the under-fueled driver would have to pit for more fuel before their rivals. With the race refueling ban introduced, low-fuel qualifying returned and these strategy decisions are no longer in play; when Formula One enforced the 107% rule between 1996 and 2002, a driver's pole time might affect slower cars posting times for qualifying, as cars that could not get within 107% of the pole time were not allowed start the race unless the stewards decided otherwise.
Since the reintroduction of the rule in 2011, this only applies to the quickest first session time, not the pole time. From 2014 to 2017, the FIA awarded a trophy to the driver who won the most pole positions in a season without sponsorship. From 2018, the FIA Pole Trophy has been renamed the Pirelli Pole Position Award, with the polesitter at each race winning a Pirelli wind tunnel tyre with the name of the polesitter and their time; the driver with the most pole positions at the end of the season wins a full-size engraved Formula 1 tyre. indicates that the driver won the World Championship in the same season. IndyCar uses four formats for qualifying: one for most oval tracks, one for Iowa Speedway, one for the Indianapolis 500, another for road and street circuits. Oval qualifying is like the Indianapolis 500, with two laps, instead of four, averaged together with one attempt, although with just one session. At Iowa, each car takes one qualifying lap, the top six cars advance to the feature race for the pole position.
Positions from 7th onward are assigned to their races, based on time, with cars in the odd-numbered finishing order starting in one race, cars in the even-numbered finishing order starting in the second race. The finishing order for the odd-numbered race starts on the inside, starting in Row 6, even-numbered race on the outside based on finishing position, again from Row 6, except for the top two in each race, which start in the inside and outside of the race for the pole position; the result of the feature race determines positions 1–10. All three races are 50 laps. On road and street courses, cars are drawn randomly into two qualifying groups. After each group has one twenty-minute session, the top six cars from each group qualify for a second session; the cars that finished seventh or worse are lined up by their times, with the best of these times starting 13th. The twelve remaining cars run a 15-minute session, after which the top six cars move on to a final 10-minute session to determine positions one through six on the grid.
The Iowa format was instituted in 2012 with major modifications (times set based on open qualifying session in second pract
Jimmy Spencer is an American former racing driver, team owner, television commentator. He is best known for competing in NASCAR, he hosted the NASCAR-inspired talk show, What’s the Deal?, on Speed, was co-host, with John Roberts and Kenny Wallace, of the Speed's pre-race and post-race NASCAR shows NASCAR RaceDay and NASCAR Victory Lane. Before retiring, Spencer had segment on Speed's NASCAR Race Hub offering commentary and answering viewer questions. During his days racing modifieds, he was nicknamed "Mr. Excitement" for his aggressive racing style. Spencer is one of the few drivers to have won a race in all three of NASCAR's top series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series, Camping World Truck Series Jimmy Spencer followed his father, Ed Spencer, Sr. in racing. Spencer started in Late Models in Pennsylvania, he captured his first racing win in the Late Model division at Port Royal Speedway in 1976. He moved to NASCAR Modifieds at Shangri-La Speedway branched out to bigger events throughout the Northeast.
In 1984, Spencer was one of the top contenders for NASCAR's National Modified Championship, at a time when all sanctioned races counted toward that title. When NASCAR changed the National Modified Championship into the smaller-schedule Winston Modified Tour in 1985, Spencer continued to run, won the title in 1986 and 1987. Spencer debuted in the Busch Series in 1985, finishing 19th at North Carolina Motor Speedway in the No. 67 Pontiac for Frank Cicci Racing, his Modified team. The team ran twice in 1987 with a best finish 36th ran the full season in 1988, finishing seventh in the point standings in the No. 34. In 1989, Spencer won his first career Busch race at Hickory Motor Speedway won two more races over the course of the season, finishing fifteenth in the final standings. In 1989, he moved to the Winston Cup Series, driving the No. 88 Crisco Pontiac for Buddy Baker's team in 17 of the 29 races. He finished 34th in points, he ran full-time in 1990, finishing in the top-ten twice for Rod Osterlund Racing.
During the season, he finished 24th in points. In 1991, Spencer moved to the No. 98 Banquet Frozen Foods Chevrolet for Travis Carter Motorsports. Despite six top-ten finishes, Spencer dropped one position in the standings due to twelve DNFs, he began 1992 with Carter, but moved down to the Busch Series to drive the No. 20 Daily's 1st Ade Oldsmobile for Dick Moroso after Carter's team folded early in the season. He responded with wins at Orange County Speedway. Late in the 1992 season, Spencer joined Bobby Allison Motorsports' Cup team and posted three top-fives in the last four races of the season, he signed to drive Allison's No. 12 Meineke Ford Thunderbird full-time in 1993, finished in the top-five five times, resulting in a career-best fifteenth-place in the final standings. In 1994, he drove the No. 27 McDonald's Ford for Junior Johnson and won his first two and so far only career Cup races, at Daytona and Talladega. In the 1994 Pepsi 400, Spencer won his first career Cup race despite leading only one lap.
He won his first career pole at North Wilkesboro Speedway. After finishing 29th in the standings in 1994, Spencer left to reunite with Travis Carter, now fielding the No. 23 Smokin' Joe's Ford. He finished in the top-ten four times in 1995 and in 1996, Spencer had two top-fives en route to a fifteenth-place finish in points, he fell to twentieth in 1997. In 1998, Winston/No Bull became his team's new primary sponsor and he was eleventh in points when he suffered injuries at the Brickyard 400, forcing him to sit out the next two races to recover and fall to fourteenth in points. During the season, Spencer formed his own NASCAR team, Spencer Motor Ventures, which fielded the No. 12 Zippo Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the Busch Series for himself and several other drivers. The team expanded to two cars in 1999, fielding the No. 12 and the No. 5 Schneider National Chevy for Dick Trickle. In 2000, he moved his team up to Cup to run the road course races with Boris Said in the No. 23 Federated Auto Parts Ford Taurus.
The team ceased operations at the end of the season. After a 20th-place finish in 1999, Winston left the team, Kmart became the team's new sponsor, causing Spencer to switch to the No. 26 to accommodate the new sponsor, backing the No. 66 car driven by Spencer's teammate, Darrell Waltrip. Spencer had two top-fives and in 2001 won the pole positions at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Lowe's Motor Speedway and advanced to sixteenth in points, he departed the team at the end of the season. For the 2002 season, Spencer would join Chip Ganassi Racing and drive the No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid. He began the season by failing to qualify for the Daytona 500 had a streak of four top-five qualifying efforts, including at Bristol Motor Speedway, where he started fourth and was leading the race when he was bumped by Kurt Busch to win, starting a long rivalry between the two. After another DNQ at Watkins Glen International, Spencer was released from the ride at the end of the season, causing him to file a lawsuit against the Ganassi organization, saying his dismissal was a violation of his contract.
During the season, he won his most recent Busch Series race to date at Bristol driving for James Finch. Spencer joined Ultra Motorsports in 2003. After some on-track incidents with Kurt Busch, Spencer confronted Busch after the GFS Marketplace 400 while Busch was still in his car, he was suspended for the next week's race, the Sharpie 5
Mari Hulman George
Mary Antonia "Mari" Hulman George was the daughter of Anton "Tony" Hulman and Mary Fendrich Hulman, prominent Indiana philanthropists and business owners. She was the chairperson of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from 1988 to 2016, of Hulman & Company. Mari was the Hulmans' only child, but from the age of eleven she was surrounded by the families of Indianapolis 500 drivers, whom she befriended, she married one such driver, Elmer George, on April 29, 1957. At 22 years of age, she became stepmother to Elmer's children from his first marriage, the couple would go on to have four children together: three daughters, Nancy and Kathi. Elmer George, who met with little success as a driver, retired from racing in 1963, he became a Speedway vice-president and head of the IMS Radio Network. For most of the couple's marriage, they owned a farm outside of Terre Haute, but spent much of their time at their 1,300-acre ranch in Wyoming. Mari filed for divorce from Elmer in May 1976. Only four weeks after this, Elmer was shot multiple times and killed by Guy Trollinger, the family's horse trainer and Mari's alleged boyfriend, after an argument at Elmer and Mari's ranch in Terre Haute late at night on the day of that year's Indianapolis 500.
On November 3, 2018 Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced. After the death of Tony Hulman in 1977, his widow Mary F. Hulman was named the chairperson of the board of directors of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Hulman & Co. the family's primary business. Mari Hulman George was named to the position of board member; when Mary F. Hulman's health began to decline, she retired and was named chairman emeritus, a position she held until her death in 1998; the chairmanship of the companies was passed to Mari Hulman George in 1988. Mari Hulman George held those positions until the summer of 2016. Shortly after the 2016 Indianapolis 500, Mari was facing declining health and was elected chairman emeritus of the family companies. At that same time, her son Tony George was elevated to the chairman position. Like her father and mother before her, from 1997 to 2015 Mari started the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 races with the famous starting command, " Gentlemen, start your engines!" In 2014, she was joined by Jim Nabors, for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016, she was joined by the entire Hulman/George family.
Mari had given the command as a substitute for her mother in 1981. Like her parents, Mari Hulman George is well-known throughout Indiana for her generosity to institutions of higher learning, with her alma mater, St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana among the top beneficiaries; the college maintains the Mari Hulman George School of Equine Studies, founded in part due to her love of horses. In 2001, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security renamed their search-and-rescue training area at Camp Atterbury the Mari Hulman George Search and Rescue Training Center, in recognition of her contributions to the care of animals displaced and otherwise affected by disasters, she has been active in the rescue and adoption of racing greyhounds
Benjamin Stewart "Benny" Parsons was an American NASCAR driver, an announcer/analyst/pit reporter on SETN, TBS, ABC, ESPN, NBC, TNT. He became famous as the 1973 NASCAR Winston Cup champion, was a 2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee, he was the older brother of former NASCAR driver car owner and broadcaster Phil Parsons of Phil Parsons Racing. He was nicknamed "BP" and The Professor, the latter in part because of his popular remarks and relaxed demeanor, he was the founder of Rendezvous Ridge, a winery in North Carolina, which opened shortly after his death. Parsons was born in North Carolina, he spent his childhood years in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and played football at Millers Creek High School. Following high school, he moved to Michigan where his father operated a taxicab company. Parsons drove cabs in Detroit before beginning his racing career. While working at the gas station one day, a couple of customers towing a race car invited him to a local race track; the driver of the car never showed up for that evening's race, Parsons drove the car in a race for the first time that night.
Parsons began his NASCAR career by running a single race in 1964 for Holman-Moody with a young Cale Yarborough. Parsons won the 1968 and 1969 ARCA championships, moved to Ellerbe, North Carolina. Parsons had three top-10 finishes in four NASCAR races in 1969. Benny joined the NASCAR circuit full-time in 1970 with John Hill, he had 23 top-10 finishes in 45 races, a pole at Langley Field Speedway, finished eighth in the final point standings. He raced in the No. 72 L. G. DeWitt/DeWitt Racing car. Parsons had 18 top-10 finishes in 35 starts in 1971, including his first win at South Boston Speedway, he finished eleventh in the points. In 1972 he had 19 top-10 finishes in 31 races, he finished fifth in the final points standings. In 1973 he won the NASCAR Championship with only one win though David Pearson won eleven races. Parsons' consistency won him the championship: he had 21 top-10 and 15 top-5 finishes in the 28 events, his improbable return to the track after an early crash cemented his championship at Rockingham, North Carolina.
He saw his championship hopes start to fade as he was involved in a lap 13 crash and his car was damaged. He took to the pits to muster whatever he could out of the car and hope for a top five finish in the final standings; the rest of the garage was hoping to see the underdog unseat the mighty Richard Petty and joined in to help Parsons' crew put the car back together. Parsons miraculously got back on the track 136 laps and completed enough laps to finish 25th and take the 1973 championship. Richard Petty, with the championship in his sights after winning the pole and seeing Parsons' accident, had engine trouble and was relegated to a 35th-place finish; the poor performance dropped Petty all the way to fifth in the final standings, as Cale Yarborough took the runner up spot on the season with his third-place effort. He finished 67 points behind the champion. Parsons became the only person to win both ARCA and NASCAR championships. Parsons finished between third and fifth in the final points standings from 1974 to 1980 and won the 1975 Daytona 500.
He switched to the No. 27 car for M. C. Anderson starting in 1979. In 1979 at North Wilkesboro Speedway Bobby Allison led most of the race but in the final 150 laps, Darrell Waltrip caught Allison; the two hit together hard and Darrell nailed the front stretch wall. Waltrip got black flagged for the crowding. Benny Parsons would win the race, but it would be his only win at the North Wilkesboro Speedway, a track which his wife Terri would become an investor two years after his death, he finished 3rd in points. In 1981 he starting racing in the No. 15 Bud Moore car. He had a win at Nashville Speedway USA and he won the final race at Texas World Speedway, he received his final top-ten points place finish. Parsons qualified for the 1982 Winston 500 at Talladega Superspeedway at 200.175 miles per hour, the first NASCAR qualification run over 200 mph. Parsons raced in about half of the races between 1986 for owner Johnny Hayes. Parsons final career victory came in 1984 at the Coca-Cola 500 at Atlanta, he appeared in the 1983 Burt Reynolds movie Stroker Ace. Parsons returned to Hendrick Motorsports in 1987 as a substitute driver for Tim Richmond, stricken with AIDS and would succumb in 1989.
During the first lap of a race at Darlington Raceway, Parsons hit the wall and badly damaged his race car. He had to make several pit stops for repairs. At one point, his crew chief, Harry Hyde refused to allow Parsons to pit because he and the crew were on an ice cream break; this incident was alluded to in the film, Days of Thunder. Another scene in the film was inspired by a real-life incident at Martinsville Speedway involving Parsons and the notoriously cantankerous Hyde: Hyde sarcastically told Parsons to hit the pace car on a restart because it was the only thing on the track Parsons had not hit. Parsons raced in the No. 90 Bulls Eye Ford for Junie Donlavey in his final NASCAR season in 1988 and moved to the broadcast booth, a position that he would hold until his death. Parsons did decide to race a few other times, the first during the 2003 Old Dominion 500 as part of Wally's World segment and he drove a ceremonial victory lap at the last fall race at Rockingham in 2003 in a car similar to the one he won the champi
Geoffrey Edmond Bodine is a retired American motorsport driver and bobsled builder. He is the oldest of the three Bodine brothers. Bodine lives in West Melbourne, Florida. 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 just a year after he was born. He began learning his racing skills at this track in the micro-midget division when he was only five years old, he had such an itch to race that he disguised himself as a lady and entered a Powderpuff Division Race when he was 15. Bodine was quite an accomplished driver before he hit the big-time in NASCAR's premier division, the Winston Cup series with his first start in 1979. By this time, Bodine was well known as a Modified driver in the Northeast, racing against popular drivers like Richie Evans, Jerry Cook, Jimmy Spencer, Ron Bouchard, others. Bodine earned Modified championships at Stafford Speedway, Shangri-La Speedway, Spencer/Williamson Speedway, Utica-Rome Speedway.
He has won many of the big races in Modifieds including the Lancaster 200, Race of Champions, the Stafford 200, the Trenton Dogleg 200, the Thompson 300, the Spring Sizzler, Oswego Classic, Cardinal Classic, Oxford 250, other modified events. In 1978, Bodine won more races than any other Modified driver in recorded history. Driving cars owned by Dick Armstrong with Billy Taylor and Ralph Hop Harrington as crew chief, Bodine started 84 feature events and won 55 of them. Among the most prestigious of these victories were the Race of Champions at Pocono, the Spring Sizzler at Stafford, the Budweiser 200 at Oswego, both major events at Martinsville, the Thompson 300, a sweep of the six-race Yankee All-Star League series. For these fifty-five victories, Bodine is credited in the Guinness Book of World Records with "Most wins in one season". Bodine's racing background included wins in the Late Model division, Nationwide Series division, others, he has six Busch Grand National wins to his credit. Geoff is best known for his NASCAR Winston Cup career.
His first full season in Winston Cup came in 1982. He earned his first Winston Cup pole that year on his 19th start and scored his first Winston Cup victory two years on his 69th start at Martinsville in 1984. Geoff's biggest win came at the 1986 Daytona 500 season opener. NASCAR's most prestigious single event. Other career highlights include the 1987 International Race of Champions championship, the 1992 Busch Clash, the 1994 Winston Select, the 1994 Busch Pole Award. Geoff's final win in NASCAR's highest division came in the "Bud At The Glen" in August 1996 when fortuitous pit stop timing led to Geoff taking the lead in his QVC Thunderbird while the other drivers pitted. Bodine managed to hold off the field the rest of the way beating Terry Labonte to the line by 0.44 seconds to claim the checkers. Bodine has driven for some of the best car owners in NASCAR, including Junior Johnson, Bud Moore and Rick Hendrick as well as owning his own cars, which he ran for several seasons after buying the assets of Alan Kulwicki's race team after his death in 1993.
He has 565 starts, 37 poles, 18 wins, nearly $16 million in winnings during his Winston Cup/Nextel Cup career. He was honored as one of "NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers" during NASCAR's 50th anniversary celebration. Bodine brought many ideas to Winston Cup, he introduced power steering and full-faced helmets to Winston Cup. He was the last driver to win a race and lap the field, in the fall 1994 race at North Wilkesboro Speedway, he holds the track record at Atlanta Motor Speedway from his polesitting run after the track was repaved in 1997, with a speed of over 197 mph. While participating the inaugural Daytona 250 Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway, on February 18, 2000, Bodine was involved in a vicious, fiery accident on the 57th lap of the race while driving the No. 15 Line-X-sponsored Ford F-150 for Billy Ballew. The crash started when rookie Kurt Busch, Rob Morgan and Lyndon Amick were racing three-wide through the tri-oval front straightaway. In the exact moment Bodine moved to get around the outside of the trio, Morgan was turned across Busch's nose into the side of Amick's truck, at the bottom.
Amick's truck was damaged in the contact, which caused it to veer hard right, pushing Morgan into Bodine, on the outside. The contact between Morgan's front right tire and Bodine's front left tire caused the front of Bodine's truck to vault upwards over the outside retaining wall, sending his truck into the catch fencing nose first, at a speed of nearly 190 mph; the force of the impact tore the front of the truck into pieces and ruptured the fuel cell, leaving only small parts of the roll cage intact. Just as Bodine was coming back down to the track, it was hit driver's side by Lonnie Rush, Jr. which caused it to roll down the frontstretch. As it tumbled, it got hit yet again, this time by Jimmy Kitchens, which ignited the fuel, spilling out of the tank. Bodine rolled nine times before coming to rest on his roof; the accident was so severe, the announcers, crew members and fans all believed. Thirteen other trucks were involved, making it one of the largest wrecks in NASCAR Truck Series history.
As a result of the col
William Caleb "Cale" Yarborough, is an American farmer and former NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver and owner. He is one of only two drivers in NASCAR history to win three consecutive championships, he was the second NASCAR driver to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated. His 83 wins tie him with Jimmie Johnson for sixth on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winner's list, his 14.82% winning percentage is the ninth best of all-time and third among those with 500 or more starts. Yarborough won the Daytona 500 four times. Yarborough is a three-time winner of the National Motorsports Press Association Driver of the Year Award. Yarborough was born to Julian and Annie Yarborough in the tiny, unincorporated community of Sardis near Timmonsville, South Carolina, the oldest of three sons. Julian was a tobacco farmer, cotton gin operator, store owner, killed in a private airplane crash when Cale was around ten years of age. According to his autobiography Cale, Yarborough attended the second Southern 500 in 1951 as a young spectator without a ticket.
Yarborough was a high school football star at Timmonsville High School and played semi-pro football in Columbia, South Carolina for four seasons and was a Golden Gloves boxer. He made his first attempt in the Southern 500 as a teenager by lying about his age, but he was caught and disqualified by NASCAR. In 1957, Yarborough made his debut as a driver at the Southern 500, driving the No. 30 Pontiac for Bob Weatherly, starting 44th and finishing 42nd after suffering hub problems. He ran for Weatherly two years and finished 27th. In 1960, Yarborough ran one race, had his first career top-fifteen, a fourteenth-place finish at Southern States Fairgrounds, he again ran one race in 1961. In 1962, Yarborough ran eight races for Buesink, Don Harrison, Wildcat Williams, he earned his first top-ten at the Daytona 500 Qualifying Race. Yarborough started 1963 without a full-time ride, but soon signed on to drive the No. 19 Ford for Herman Beam. His best finish was fifth twice, at Savannah Speedway, respectively.
He began the next season driving for Beam, but soon left and finished the year with Holman Moody, finishing sixth at North Wilkesboro Speedway, winding up nineteenth in points. The next season, he drove for various owners before picking up his first career win at Valdosta Speedway driving the #06 Ford for Kenny Myler, rising to tenth in the final standings. Yarborough drove for Banjo Matthews at the beginning of 1966. Despite two consecutive second-place finishes, he left the team early in the season and ended the year driving the No. 21 Ford for the Wood Brothers. He won two races in 1967 at the Atlanta 500 and the Firecracker 400 for the Wood Brothers, but dropped to 20th in standings because he only ran 17 races. Yarborough ran the Indianapolis 500 in 1966 and 1967 driving Vollstedt-Fords. After running the season-opening Middle Georgia 500 for Bud Moore Engineering, finishing 21st, Yarborough ran the rest of the season for the Wood Brothers, winning his first Daytona 500 in a duel with Lee Roy Yarbrough, the Firecracker 400, which made him the second driver in history to sweep both Daytona events, his first Southern 500 garnering a total of six wins that season.
Running a limited schedule, he finished seventeenth in points. The next season, he won his third straight Atlanta 500 along with the first NASCAR race at Michigan International Speedway the Motor State 500 and six pole positions. In 1969 Ford Motor Company produced a Cale Yarborough Special Edition Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II, it was a white Mercury Cyclone in white with a red stripe. The Spoiler II was outfitted with a special aerodynamic front end; this was a limited edition homologation special, made to satisfy the NASCAR 500-car minimum production regulations. There was only one engine choice available in the Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II, a 351 cubic inch Windsor. Yarborough continued to drive a limited schedule for the Wood Brothers in 1970, winning his second consecutive Michigan 400 and the American 500 for the first time along with one of the Daytona 125-mile qualifying races and four poles. At the end of the season, Yarborough was released after Ford withdrew factory support for NASCAR teams.
He drove four races in 1971. He ran in the Indianapolis 500, finishing 16th in a Gene White owned, Firestone sponsored Mongoose-Ford; the next season, Yarborough ran five NASCAR races, his best finish coming at Michigan driving for James Hylton. He ended the season with two consecutive top-tens driving for Hoss Ellington, he ran his final Indianapolis 500 in a Bill Daniels sponsored Atlanta-Foyt, finishing 10th. Yarborough focused on driving USAC races in 1971 and 1972. In 1973, Yarborough returned to NASCAR and ran every NASCAR Grand National race in a season for the first time in his career, driving the No. 11 Kar-Kare Chevrolet for Richard Howard. He won four races, including his second Southern 500, the National 500 and the Southeastern 500 at Bristol in which he led every lap, had nineteen top-tens, finishing second in points. In 1974, Yarborough lost the championship by nearly 600 points. Midway through the season, Ya