Way Back Wednesday: Bodine Wins Modified Race at Martinsville

Looking back now, it was one of the best Modified performances of all-time during a single season.  1978 was the year of Geoff Bodine in the infamous red number one. Bodine won 55 of the 84 events that he ran that season, with an unimaginable winning percentage of 65 percent.


On this date in 1978, Bodine won at Martinsville Speedway (VA). He beat Richie Evans for the win, with Jerry Cook finishing third.   Bodine set fast time and won that day and returned in the fall for a wire-to-wire victory.


That season, he also won the Race of Champions event at Pocono, the Spring Sizzler at Stafford and the Thompson 300.


Going head-to-head with NASCAR Modified legend Richie Evans that season, Evans finished second to Bodine in five events that we have records for and third on six occasions.  Most drivers didn’t beat Evans 11 times in their career, yet Bodine did it on 11 occasions that season.


Bodine also won 13 times at Stafford that year, and that effort led him to a third championship at Stafford Motor Speedway (CT).


Other Dates


1951 – Bobby Tucker was victorious in an IMCA Stock Car event at the Oklahoma Free State Fairgrounds. Little is known about the IMCA Stock Car Series, other then it ran from 1949 to 1977.


1972 – The Nashville Speedway (TN) was a proving ground for a lot of drivers and on this day in 1972 Donnie Allison scored a win over Charlie Blinkley in the Permatex 200. Allison was in between NASCAR rides at this point.  He of course would return to victory lane several time with Hoss Elington in the later 70’s.


1990 – Back in 1990 at Columbus Motor Speedway (OH), a young Gary St. Amant drove his No. 7 A-1 Service Sutphen Chevy to the victory in his home state.  Beating out Rich Bickle in his Buick for his first win was the start of a great season for St. Amant. He had some good runs and would later win the All American 400 that season.


2012  – Daniel Hemric won the first JEGS/CRA All-Star Tour event of the year at Plymouth Speedway (IN).  Hemric would win eight races in 14 starts that season and posted 12 top-five finishes.  He beat out Erik Jones for the win at Plymouth after leading 48 laps.


-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 Stat Boy

-Photo credit: Speedway Line Report

Way Back Wednesday: Bodine Wins Modified Race at Martinsville