In a nod to the U.S. Olympic bobsled medalists and his pastime, NASCAR veteran Geoffrey Bodine will compete in the E-Z-GO 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in a paint scheme recognizing the U.S. medalists.
Bodine will compete in the No. 95 Dodge truck owned by Team Gill Racing and the truck will display the names of each U.S. Olympic bobsled medalists while competing in Atlanta.
Bodine's interest in bobsledding came to a boil during the 1992 Winter Olympics and, after learning the U.S. was struggling using antiquated equipment produced overseas, he co-founded Bo-Dyn Bobsleds, the company that produced the medal-winning bobsleds used in the 2010 Winter Olympics.
"If I hadn't gotten involved in 1992 in the American bobsled program, people have told me many times there would not be an American bobsled program," said Bodine. "They were out of money, out of equipment, and out of help. So yeah, I feel proud that we kept it going and ended up with a Gold medal in these games. I'm real proud. I love our country and this is another way for me to show that."
Using his race-engineering background, Bodine partnered with Bob Cuneo of Chassis Dynamics to produce medal-winning vehicles, a partnership culminating with Gold in Vancouver. The Gold medal won by the U.S. four-man team marks the first U.S. bobsled Gold since 1948.
"To be a part of something the whole population of the United States is really behind - it's pretty neat," Bodine continued. "In racing, when I won Daytona I had my race fans and it was great when the couple of people who liked me cheered for me, but in the Olympics it's a completely different feeling to have the whole country cheering for you. "
National Anthem Details Set for Kobalt Tools 500 Race Weekend
Mark Wills and Lake Joy Elementary School for perform the national anthem during the Kobalt Tools 500 race weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 5-7.
Willis, a country music veteran with eight top-10 singles on the Billboard country music charts, will perform the anthem prior to the Kobalt Tools 500 on Sunday, March 7. Willis has charted two number one hits - "Wish You Were Here" and "19 Somethin" - and his career began after winning a local talent contest in Marietta, Ga.
Saturday's National Anthem prior to the E-Z-GO 200 NASCAR Camping World Series Truck race will be performed by a chorus from Lake Joy Elementary School in Warner Robbins, Ga.
‘Awesome Bill,' Roderick to Appear in Saturday Legends Races
NASCAR legend Bill Elliott will compete in a Thunder Roadsters race on Atlanta Motor Speedway's quarter-mile "Thunder Ring" following Saturday's E-Z-GO 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.
Elliott, who will also compete in Sunday's Kobalt Tools 500 and has five-career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins in Atlanta, previously won his only appearance on the "Thunder Ring" in a Thunder Roadster.
The Legends races will immediately follow the conclusion of the E-Z-GO 200 scheduled for 2:00 p.m.
In addition to Elliott, three-time Thursday Thunder champion and current ARCA competitor Casey Roderick will compete against Elliott in the event. Roderick currently competes for the Bill Elliott Racing Team. Roderick will compete in a Roadster owned and usually driven by Atlanta Motor Speedway president Ed Clark.
The Legends races will mark the final date of Atlanta Motor Speedway's Winter Flurry race series.
Georgia Truck Race Tie Ins
As NASCAR Camping World Truck racing returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the E-Z-GO 200 on Saturday, March 6, a number of teams have local ties to the state of Georgia.
Owned by Georgia businessman Billy Ballew, Billy Ballew Motorsports has claimed four Truck Series wins at Atlanta Motor Speedway, but each win came with Kyle Busch behind the wheel. With Busch gone to drive for his fledgling Truck Series entry, with Aric Amirola in the No. 51 truck (that Busch won three AMS races in) and Steve Wallace in the No. 15 truck (that featured one previous truck win by Busch).
Wallace, son of Rusty Wallace, will be making his Truck Series debut in the No. 15 entry.
In addition to Billy Ballew's teams, brothers Shane and Ryan Sieg of Tucker are both entered to compete in their hometown event. Ryan finished 16th in the Series season-opening event, while brother Shane, who competed part-time for Ballew in 2009, finished 37th. Ryan will compete in the No. 39 Chevrolet and Shane will drive the No. 93 Chevrolet.
A Snellville native, Brett Butler is also entered into the E-Z-GO 200 on Saturday and is hoping fort a strong result on his hometown track following an 11th-place showing in Daytona. Butler will pilot the No. 47 Fuel Doctor Chevrolet.