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Saturday, March 24
Bodine admits returning too quickly
Associated Press

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Nearly killed in a wreck last season, Geoffrey Bodine healed enough to get back into a race car before the year was over.

He now knows that was a terrible mistake.

Geoffrey Bodine
Geoffrey Bodine is still recovering from his horrific wreck at Daytona in February 2000.

"I shouldn't have raced last year, I was just hanging on out there," Bodines said. "Medically I was fine, but physically I wasn't ready."

Bodine was at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend with his brothers, Brett and Todd, who will race in Sunday's Food City 500. He's been out of ride a this season and is looking to get a program together so he can run again this year.

Bodine missed over two months last season while he healed from injuries suffered in an accident in the truck race the week of the season-opening Daytona 500. His truck rolled several times down the track before bursting into flames.

Bodine returned to racing last April after a doctor medically cleared him. He was let go by his team before the season ended.

Plagued with headaches, dizziness and nausea, he thought he was suffering from post-concussion syndrome even though doctors said he was fine.

"It was just stupid for me to be out there," Bodine said. "But that's our nature -- we drive hurt, we drive sick, we always get back in the car."

Bodine thinks NASCAR should have a doctor at the track each week who can develop a medical history with the drivers and be able to tell when they are ready to get back in a car.

"Someone needs to stand back and analyze us and determine if we are OK," Bodine said. "Maybe NASCAR should have a medical staff, at least one doctor, and that doctor should be the bottom line."

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