Geoffery Bodine to Make 2001 NASCAR Busch Series Debut in "The Outback Steakhouse 300"
Cicci-Welliver Racing informed Kentucky Speedway™ today that NASCAR Winston Cup Series veteran Geoffrey Bodine will make his 2001 NASCAR Busch Series debut in the No. 66 Phillips 66 Chevrolet in the June 16 "Outback Steakhouse 300."
"Geoffrey has a terrific amount of knowledge and experience," said Cicci-Welliver Racing co-owner Frank Cicci. "The Busch cars are a lot more like Winston Cup cars now with the increased horsepower. I think he can excel in this division of racing and put the Phillips 66 car upfront. Geoffrey is well-acquainted with the team and (crew chief) Donnie (Richeson) and I believe the chemistry will develop real quick."
The team announced Monday evening that Bodine will replace Tim Fedewa for the remainder of the NASCAR Busch Series season. "It's a real unfortunate situation," Cicci said. "Tim is a great guy. We just could not get the chemistry right with the team." Fedewa posted two top-fives and one top-10 finish this season.
The $1.15-million "Outback Steakhouse 300" field also will feature NASCAR Busch Series points leader Kevin Harvick, two-time 2001 winner Greg Biffle, 2000 series champion Jeff Green and former series champions Randy LaJoie and David Green.
"The Outback Steakhouse 300" is the 16th event of the 33-race Busch Series season and an important circuit stop as Harvick enters the race leading Jeff Green by 71 points and Biffle by 107 points in the series championship race. Kentucky Speedway's purse is believed to be one of the top three on the NASCAR Busch Series circuit this season and the champion will earn $82,000. A full field of 43 NASCAR Busch Series cars is expected to qualify.
Kentucky Speedway is nestled in Northern Kentucky off I-71 north of Louisville and southwest of Greater Cincinnati. The track, completed in June 2000, was built on 1,000 acres of Kentucky bluegrass and infield features 104 identical double garage door stalls in two garage areas, which face the grandstands. Fans can see the entire racetrack from the 66,089 seats. During its first season, 300,000 fans visited the racetrack. Stand alone attendance records were set for NASCAR All Pro, NASCAR Craftsman Truck and ARCA Re/Max Series.
Tickets still remain for all events this year at Kentucky Speedway.