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.

Engines go quiet in Music City

Monday, March 11, 1985 – NASCAR officials confirmed today that the racing organization would not sanction events at Nashville (Tenn.) Raceway due to financial troubles surrounding the .596-mile track. The move reduced the number of points races for the premier series from 30 to 28 for the season and brought an end to a 27-year run of NASCAR competition at the facility.

The financial troubles stemmed from the bankruptcy filings of track owner Warner Hodgdon, who owned Nashville Raceway and Bristol International Raceway at that time. Four days after the announcement, Hodgdon reclaimed the lease during an open foreclosure auction for $260,000. However, NASCAR officials reiterated their earlier decision not to sanction the two previously scheduled premier series events. The last Cup event held at the track, in July of ’84, was won by Geoff Bodine.

The track did eventually host eight NASCAR XFINITY and five Camping World Series events following the financial troubles. But those were no longer scheduled beyond the 2000 season.