62 Year Old Geoff Bodine Announces Return to NASCAR Starting at Daytona

George CampbellContributor IJune 7, 2011

Geoff Bodine (G. Campbell photo)
Geoff Bodine (G. Campbell photo)

Geoff Bodine announced a five-race deal in the Sprint Cup Series this week.

The deal will include two restrictor plate events, at Daytona and Talladega. The three remaining events will be announced soon.

Bodine, who is an 18-time winner in the Cup series, has signed Luke & Associates as the primary sponsor for the five events. Luke & Associates is a direct provider of Medical and Clinical Support Services for Military and other agency facilities. Headquartered at Merritt Island, on the East Coast of Florida, Luke & Associates provides services for the U.S. Government and commercial entities.

"I met Rich Hall, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Information Officer, at Luke & Associates, at a car show in Daytona Beach recently. My business partner, Rob Amos, and I were there promoting Geoff Bodine's Waxing Frenzy and selling raffle tickets for The Alzheimer's Foundation of Brevard County," said Geoff.  

“Rob mentioned my desire to return to Sprint Cup competition and that's where it all began.  I'm excited by this opportunity and can't wait to get started."

Bodine, who is a former Daytona 500 winner, has only raced one Sprint Cup race since the 2004 season. He has made 571 career cup series starts, with his first coming in 1979.

Mooresvile, North Carolina-based Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) will prepare the No. 35 Chevy Impalas for Geoff to drive. Baldwin’s team led 21 laps at the recent Talladega Cup race with driver Dave Blaney. 

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TBR formed in 2009, began the team’s first full season of competition in 2011. Running all the races in 2011, TBR moved into the top-35 in NSCS Owner Points early in the year guaranteeing the team a spot in the race for the first time in the team’s history.

“It’s great that we got a new, fast-growing company involved in NASCAR,” said TBR owner Tommy Baldwin. “Luke has the same vision and ethics as we do at TBR, and we are really excited to help them grow their business as we grow ours.”

The 62 year old Bodine’s last Sprint Cup start also came with Tommy Baldwin last year at Pocono. It was a start and park deal. He was quoted earlier this year as saying, “I still think I can go out there and be competitive. If I didn't feel that way, I would not want to look bad and ruin my reputation. I'd like to be the oldest winner in NASCAR."

The oldest winner of a Cup race was Harry Gant, who was 52 years and seven months old when he won at Michigan International Speedway in August 1992.

The No. 35 Luke & Associates, Inc. Chevrolet will make its debut with Bodine behind the wheel of the Luke Chevrolet at Daytona International Speedway for the Coke Zero 400 on Saturday, July 2.

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