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Bodine Earns Whelen Bobsled Title

Camping World Truck Driver Takes Race 1 Sunday

Lake Placid, NY — Todd Bodine carried over his success from Saturday’s qualifying round to the finals as he earned his first Whelen Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge championship Sunday at the Olympic Sports Complex.

The top qualifier on Saturday, Todd Bodine was first out of the chute in Sunday’s first round of Race 1, which featured NASCAR and NHRA racers competing against the clock for a trip to the podium. His maiden run of 49.83 seconds stood as the fastest in the round as the top eight of 12 drivers advanced. In the second round, with the race order inverted, nearly each driver that went bested the one before him. Joey Logano, who went next-to-last, posted a 49.56 to set the bar for Bodine. The younger brother of the event’s namesake did not disappoint as he crossed the finish line at 49.35. Bodine’s two-round combined time of 1:39.18 earned the Race 1 title.
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Bodine Fastest Qualifier At Bobsled Challenge

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Veteran Edges Gunselman In Qualifying

Lake Placid, NY — NASCAR Camping World Truck Series veteran Todd Bodine put his experience in a bobsled to good use Saturday evening when he turned in the fastest time in qualifying for the Fourth Annual Whelen Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge at the Olympic Sports Complex.

As one of two drivers that competed in each of the previous three Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenges, Todd Bodine, younger brother of the challenge’s namesake, recorded afternoon practice runs of 52.14 and 52.26 seconds. As the last driver up in the qualifying round, the younger Bodine turned in a 52.20 in time trials to just edge Larry Gunselman at the top of the board by .01 seconds.
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Barber, Moody, Bourcier NEAR HoF Presenters

Skip Barber, a five-time national champion sports car racer and the present owner/operator of Lime Rock Park, heads up an impressive list of presenters at the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame Induction Banquet Sunday Jan. 25 at LaRenaissance Banquet Hall in East Windsor, CT.

A one-time Formula 1 competitor, Barber is the perfect choice to induct Northeast Connecticut neighbor John Fitch. A racer of international acclaim, Fitch’s accomplishments also include design work on the original Lime Rock.

Harvard educated, Barber’s resume includes success in Formula Ford, Formula 5000 and GT cars. His driver’s school is among the best in the world.

Other inductors include John McCarthy (Bob Bahre), George Summers (Art Barry), Bones Boucier (Rollie Lindblad), Dave Moody (Tom Curley), Lew Boyd (Paul Richardson), Cho Lee (Bobby Dragon) and Tommy Elliman (the late Jim McConnell).
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