Bodine Bounced By Bessey
September 11, 2000 | 12:00 A.M. EST
Bodine, 51, joined the team before the start of last season with the hopes of getting himself back towards the front of the pack. That hasn’t happened. Bodine is currently 44th in Winston Cup points and is now he’s looking for a job.
"Getting fired was a total surprise to me," Bodine says. "I'm still trying to find something for the rest of this year, but it's not easy being put in a position like this at this time."
Bodine says team owner Joe Bessey said he'd be steering the No. 60 the rest of this Winston Cup season. Bessey has little Winston Cup experience, but has driven in the Busch Series – claiming one win in 1997 – part-time since 1988.
Bodine missed the first 10 Winston Cup races this year while recovering from his wreck at Daytona while driving in the Craftsman Truck Series. He broke several bones, and fought back to race just two months later.
A month after returning to the car, rumors roared that he’d be let go by Bessey. The two appeared to have come to an agreement for the rest of the season, but obviously that’s changed.
Bodine – voted one of NASCAR’s 50 greatest drivers – has 18 Winston Cup wins in a career that began in 1979. His last win was in 1996 at Watkins Glen.
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