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That’s History Profile: Geoffrey Bodine

Geoff Bodine was born April 18th, 1949 in Chemung, N.Y. He began his career racing in a midget class at the Chemung Speedrome, built and operated by his father and grandfather. He is the oldest of the trio of Bodine brothers, with middle brother Brett, now working for NASCAR, and youngest brother Todd, the 2006 Craftsman Truck Series champion. His modified career was a storied one that resulted in him becoming the all-time single-season wins leader in Modified history, with 55 victories in 1978.

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2007 Daytona 500 Blog Notes

Michael Waltrip raced his way into this weekend's Daytona 500, an event a majority of fans I have spoken to think he should have been suspended from. Of course there's a matter of that $100,000 fine. Let's put that in perspective. Last year Carl Edwards finished dead last in the Daytona 500 and the No. 99 team got around $270,000 for their efforts. If I'm doing the math correctly even if Waltrip has a terrible day this Sunday that's a gross profit around $170,000.

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Before It’s Too Late

It's a lot like the first day of school. You believe in possibilities-it's a brand-new year, and anything can happen. And, poised to start the 2007 NASCAR season on Sunday, it feels a lot like that indeed.

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: Sponsorships

The Craftsman Truck Series race at Daytona this year is called the Chevrolet Silverado 250, yet Chevrolet has never visited Daytona's victory lane in a Truck Series race. Ironically, Daytona is one of just two tracks on the schedule where Chevrolet has yet to earn a victory (Talladega, where Mark Martin's Ford won the inaugural truck race in 2006, is the other).

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In Case You Missed It: February 9-15, 2007

Whether you are an avid NASCAR news reader or a casual fan, In Case You Missed It will keep you up to date on all of the major happenings in the world of NASCAR racing. This week just in case you were on a vacation on Neptune, we'll recap the penalties dished out at Daytona and let you know what might be in store at Vegas in three weeks, plus much more.

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NASCAR On the Right Track With Penalties

Penalties, penalties everywhere at Daytona. NASCAR handed down a total of five of them on Tuesday and Wednesday, the most severe coming late Wednesday afternoon when the sanctioning body announced a penalty against the team of driver Michael Waltrip following a strange substance in the intake manifold in both pre- and post-qualifying inspection. NASCAR confiscated the Toyota Camry, and when the substance appeared a third time, levied suspensions, point fines, and a monetary fine on crew chief David Hyder. Also on Tuesday, four crew chiefs were suspended for unapproved aerodynamic modifications, including all three top wrenches for Evernham Motorsports. Rodney Childers (Scott Riggs) and Josh Browne (Elliott Sadler) were suspended for two races and fined $25,000. In addition, both drivers and Evernham lost 25 owner/driver points for violations found prior to qualifying.

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Is There A Crew Chief In The House?

Happy Speedweeks, folks! It's been a wild one so far and they haven't even dropped the green on the Gatorade Duels. Manifolds, wheel well vents, suspensions, and revitalization have been the stories of the week; with so much going on, allow me to indulge myself for a bit before we get to your questions.

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Press Corps Drenched By Rain During France’s “State of the Sport” Address? (Part I)

OK, I must admit that the headline is a bit misleading. The members of the press that covered Brian France's state of the sport address didn't really get wet, but they were showered with something... and I'm sure France would tell them it was rain if he were asked. If you still don't get what I mean, let me explain it this way... it's not something you would ever want to be drenched with.

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Matt McLaughlin’s 2007 Daytona 500 Driver Handicaps

Jimmie Johnson: Johnson won last year's Daytona 500, and his 32nd-place result in last year's Firecracker 400 ended a streak of five finishes of sixth or better in Daytona points races. On the plate tracks lately, the Hendrick cars always seem to be contenders.

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