Chat with Geoff Bodine
Welcome to SportsNation! On Monday, NASCAR driver Geoff Bodine stops by to chat about the 2010 season, just before he appears as a panelist on NASCAR Now (ESPN2, 5 p.m. ET).
Bodine owns 18 Sprint Cup wins in his career, running 570 races over his 26-year career. The 1986 Daytona 500 winner was named as one of NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers in 1998.
In addition to NASCAR, Bodine has also delved into the world of bobsledding. His Bo-Dyn Bobsled Company began supplying the U.S. Bobsled team with sleds in 1994. In the 2002 Winter Olympics, his sleds won three medals and this past February, Team USA won gold with a Bo-Dyn designed sled.
Send your questions now and join Bodine Monday at 1:30 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (1:27 PM)
Geoff Bodine will be here at 1:30 p.m. ET to take your questions!
Which team do you think is running the best right now?
Geoff Bodine (1:33 PM)
Wilson, it changes week to week. The 48 was strong for several weeks. The 11 team was strong for several weeks. The 29 team has been consistent all year, but now look who wins this last weekend, Reuty. You never know who's going to win. That's what's so great about NASCAR racing.
The NASCAR season is long and you race every weekend. How much strain does it put on drivers to go from race to race to race?
Geoff Bodine (1:35 PM)
Wally, NASCAR racing is very strenuous. Physically, you're on the road, moving a lot. The races are long and tough. It's very hard on a family. I was the first driver to have a motorcoach at the race track and I did it for my family, so they could come to the track with me so that we could have a family life. Now, every driver, crew chief, owner has a motorcoach at the racetrack. One reason is to have that family life. It's very difficult for the crew members that have families. They can't have a motorcoach at the track with their families. So, NASCAR racing is very difficult. More difficult for them than for the drivers.
How long can Kevin Harvick hold off Jimmie and Jeff in the points standings?
Geoff Bodine (1:38 PM)
I've said this for three years now: the 48 team and Jimmie Johnson, good luck is going to run out. But it hasn't yet. It will be hard to bet against that team for winning a championship. I'm still under the impression that it will be very difficult for them to maintain the good racing luck to win that championship. Racing luck means not having a flat tire at the wrong time, not being involved in someone else's problem/blown engine/flat tire/accident. They've just been very fortunate to have good racing luck. Can Harvick and Childress have that same kind of luck? Of course they can. Will they? That remains to be seen.
Geoff, what do you make of Dale Jr.'s streak without a win? Do you see any improvement in that team?
Geoff Bodine (1:39 PM)
I really haven't seen much improvement in the team's performance week to week. It's been quite sporadic. To be very honest with you and all the other race fans, Dale Jr. is not Dale Sr. He's a really talented driver but these are different times and it's not fair to expect him to have the same kind of results on the track that his father had.
As a driver, are there certain tracks that you looked forward to?
Geoff Bodine (1:41 PM)
Paul, we at ESPN have been discussing the same question. When I was driving full time, my attitude was that I liked all of the tracks. I didn't have a favorite. I didn't have one that I didn't like. I enjoyed the tougher tracks. On the tougher tracks, a good driver can separate himself from the other drivers. My opinion was that if there was a track that I didn't like to go to, when I went there, how could I expect to do well?
If you were Jeff Gordon, would you be frustrated with the season, because you've run well but haven't won or would you be happy with running as well as he has?
Geoff Bodine (1:41 PM)
You bet I'd be frustrated. We believe here at ESPN that Jeff Gordon is frustrated. A winner doesn't like coming in second. Especially coming in second to a teammate.
Hi Geoff, Have you already begun working on sleds and the team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia?
Geoff Bodine (1:45 PM)
Thank you Connie. You're my favorite person today. Anyone who asks about bobsleds is always my favorite person. We haven't got to that point yet of any new designs or technology for the 2014 Games. We are in the process of moving the Bo-Dyn Bobsled project operations to North Carolina. We are still looking at a race team to partner up with us and allow us to use some shop space and equipment so we can start designing and preparing for the next Games. It looks right now like we're going to do that with Tom and Joey Logano. They're building a large complex and have offered us some space for our project in there. Actually, they're involved with the paralympic hockey. So we're going to team up with them. Give them our assistance with our not-for-profit status. I built, three years ago, the first bobsled for a parapalegic and we're hoping to get bobsledding in the paralympic games.
Why is it more difficult for some drivers to handle the restart? Martin Truex is always up front, but he is so slow off the restarts and can't keep up with the front pack.
Geoff Bodine (1:47 PM)
Great question. That sometimes is related to the car set up, chassis set up, not liking to get hooked up to go good until the tires are warmed up. Sometimes it's driver related where the driver is just slow to get into the gas, or doesn't have the tires warmed up to get good traction on the restart, they just spin. It's a very aggressive type of restart. Some drivers are having trouble discovering how to handle that type of situation.
does anyone ever think that jr just still hasn't adapted to the cot...now the car of today? he hasn't run well since the first year away from the old car.
Geoff Bodine (1:49 PM)
Without a doubt that could be a factor. There's no question the new cars drive differently. They react different in the draft. They react different to the changes made during the race. It could confuse him to call for the right adjustments to the car during the race. He just hasn't found the right technique of driving that car.
How many out of the 43 drivers COULD win a championship if they had the best equipment and crew?
Geoff Bodine (1:50 PM)
That's a very hard question to answer. There are many great drivers in NASCAR. The only way to find that out is to put every driver with a great team.
Geoff Bodine (1:50 PM)
Teams change every week. One week they're great and the next week they're not.
Prediction for a win in Indy in two weeks?
Geoff Bodine (1:52 PM)
I expect Montoya to try and redeem himself from last year. He should run well. Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, naturally. Harvick. The Childress cars have been running good. They should have an opportunity to run well. Busch and Hamlin. Pretty much the normal guys that run good every week. It's a different race track, but it's still a race track.
Geoff Bodine (1:53 PM)
And you can't rule out the Dodge team. It's a nervy track there.
ARe you a fan of the Chase points system?
Geoff Bodine (1:54 PM)
Yeah, I believe the Chase has added tremendous amount of interest to the end of the NASCAR season. No matter what system is in place, you will always have controversy and never make everyone happy. I think the system is very good. I would love to be in the Chase and try it out.
Geoff Bodine (1:55 PM)
Thanks for the questions and your interest in NASCAR and bobsleds. Always stay tuned to ESPN and NASCAR Now. If you'd like to see more of me on ESPN, please e-mail and let them know that you enjoy when I'm in front of the camera.