Geoffrey Bodine 1986

Career Chronology: Geoffrey Bodine Geoffrey Bodine

  • 1972: Wins the Race of Champions.
  • 1978: 55 wins in the season, claiming the Guinness Book of World Records.
  • 1979: Has his first start in the NASCAR division.
  • 1984: Wins the Winston Cup.
  • 1986: Wins the Daytona 500 at the opening race.
  • 1987: Wins the International Race of Champions.
  • 1994: Wins the Winston Select and the Busch Pole Award.
  • 1998: Named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers
  • 2012: Officially retired from NASCAR.

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Career Highlights: Geoffrey Bodine

  • His impressive NASCAR record holds over 200 top-ten finishes.
  • He played an integral part in helping to introduce power steeringand full-faced helmets to the Winston Cup.
  • He was the last driver to win and to lap the field, in the 1994 race atNorth Wilkesboro Speedway.
  • He holds the record for his run atAtlanta Motor Speedway after the track was repaved in 1997, with a speed of over 197 mph.

Biography: Geoffrey Bodine

Geoffrey Bodine, also known as Geoff, is a successful American motorsport driver. Born in 1949, he is the oldest brother to Brett and Todd, who are also drivers. Bodine’s love for racing started very early on, learning to race in the micro-midget division at just five years old. Before his first start in the NASCAR division in 1979, he had already begun to solidify an extremely successful driving career.  In the year before (1978), he had won more races than any other modified driver in history, including the Race of Champions, the Spring Sizzler, and the Budweiser 200. With 55 victories that period, he made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for the most wins in a single season.

Creating a successful start to his NASCAR Winston Cup career, in his first season in 1982 he earned the title for Rookie of the Year. His first victory during the series was in 1984 driving for Hendrick Motorsports. Though, conceivably his greatest win came during the 1986 Daytona 500 season opening race. He also won the 1987 International Race of Champions, the 1994 Winston Select, the 1994 Busch Pole Award, and the 1996 Bud at the Glen, beating Terry Labonte by less than a second. Bodine has driven for some of the best car owners, such as Junior Johnson and Bud Moore, during his 27-season career. In 2012, he announced his retirement from NASCAR, and he currently resides in West Melbourne, Florida with his family.

Geoffrey Bodine Daytona 500 winner 1986

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