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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Todd Bodine #75 Factory Stores Ford

    Todd Bodine drove 11 races in 1993 for car owner Butch Mock, after Dick Trickle was released by the team following a poor performance in the DieHard 500~ Bodine performed miserably for those 11 races, with a best finish of 23rd in the Tyson/Holly Farms 400 @ North Wilksboro~ He failed to qualify for the Bud 500 @ Bristol, along with drivers Ted Musgrave, P.J. Jones, and Rich Bickle~ He was replaced by Phil Parsons for the season finale @ Atlanta~

    Bodine was back to run the full season with the team in 1994, where he performed much better~ He qualified 11th for the Daytona 500, and led 7 laps before being involved a crash involving Ted Musgrave, his brother Brett, Jimmy Spencer, and Michael Waltrip on lap 79, which resulted in a 36 place finish~ He picked up his first top 10 with the team in the Hanes 500 @ Martinsville, where he finished in the 6th position~

                                                     Promo Card of Todd Bodine 1994~
Todd Bodine #75 Butch Mock Racing Champions 1/64 NASCAR diecast blog


    He picked up another top 10 in the Coca-Cola 600 @ Charlotte finishing 8th~ He finished 7th in the Pepsi 400 @ Daytona, and 5th in the Slick 50 300 @ Loudon, picking up the first top 5 of his career~ The NASCAR Cup series ran their first race in Indianapolis this season as well, and Bodine chalked up another top 10 in the much anticipated event, and also led for 1 lap, finishing in the 9th position~ He scored another top 10 with an 8th in the Goody's 500 @ Bristol, and finished a seasons best 3rd in the season finale race @ Atlanta~ He finished the season 20th in the points standings, his career best, with 2 top 5's and 7 top 10's~

                                                   Bodine's car on pit row @ Pocono 1994~
Todd Bodine #75 Butch Mock Racing Champions 1/64 NASCAR diecast blog

    Bodine was not able to match his success the following season, falling to 33rd in the points standings~ He failed to qualify for the Hanes 500 @ Martinsville, the Goody's 500 @ Bristol, and the Tyson/Holly Farms 400 @ North Wilksboro~ He did manage to run a few decent races, finishing 4th in the TranSouth Financial 400 @ Darlington, 8th in the Winston Select 500 @ Talladega, and 8th again in the Save Mart Supermarkets 300 @ Sonoma~ The rest of the season however, was a pure disaster~ Bodine failed to finish 10 of the 28 races, and was only on the lead lap in 3 of those races~ He was let go at the end of the season in favor of Morgan Shepherd, who brought in sponsorship from Remington Arms~

                                                 Todd Bodine #75 Factory Stores Ford~
Todd Bodine #75 Carolina Pottery Racing Champions 1/64 NASCAR diecast blog America Winston Cup Dick Trickle
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Todd Bodine #75 Carolina Pottery Racing Champions 1/64 NASCAR diecast blog America Winston Cup Dick Trickle


    This car is still one of my favorite all time paint schemes in NASCAR, and RC didn't disappoint with the die-cast version of the car~ Every little detail is there, and the card is great as well~ I've always been a fan of any driver driving a #75 car, so that's just an added bonus~ We had a Factory Stores of America store about 20 minutes away from where I lived, although I didn't care for the items they sold... mostly craft supplies and "old people" stuff~ It closed down several years ago~ I give this car an A+ on the die-cast scale~

    It's sad Todd was never able to achieve success in the Cup series, but he was always pretty good in the BGN series, as well as with the truck series, where he is a 2 time champion~ He is now extremely bloated and bald, and looks nothing like what he did when he drove this car~ I know as people get older, their appearance changes, but man.. Todd's did a 360~ He still occasionally races one off deals, but his racing days are for the most part behind him~ Below I have added some videos from his career~ Thanks for stopping by the blog~

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                                1994 Pontiac Excitement 400 - Todd Bodine/ Lake Speed Crash~
                                
                                        1993 Bud at the Glen - Bodine brings out 5th caution~

                                       1994 GM Goodwrench 400 - Earnhardt/Bodine crash~

                                          1994 Daytona 500 - Huge crash involving Bodine~

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