A pole and a punch for Bodine

Friday, April 16, 1993 – Brett Bodine sped to the fourth pole of his career, taking the top spot for the First Union 400 NASCAR Cup race at North Wilkesboro (N.C.) Speedway. Moments later, he was involved in an altercation with fellow driver Ricky Rudd in the garage.

Rudd was angry about to contact between the two drivers two weeks earlier at Bristol Motor Speedway. Bodine said he told Rudd he didn’t want to discuss that incident until Rudd had seen a replay. Rudd, he said, told him his pole run was “nice,” but that he would be “in the fence” in the race.

“We’re not children,” Bodine said. “… If you can’t control your emotions any better than that out of the race car you don’t belong in a race car.”

NASCAR officials met with the two drivers the following day but took no action.

Bodine’s older brother, Geoff, qualified on the outside of the front row for the North Wilkesboro race.

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