Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bodine Brothers Meet; Feud Simmers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bodine Brothers Meet; Feud Simmers

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NASCAR managed to get feuding brothers Geoff and Brett Bodine to talk and even shake hands in a closed-door meeting in Watkins, Glen, N.Y. But the relationship remains cool going into Sunday's Budweiser at the Glen.

The continuing battle between the Bodines, for reasons they refuse to divulge, became public knowledge a week ago in Indianapolis after a bumping incident in which Brett wound up knocking elder brother Geoff against the wall in the inaugural Brickyard 400.

It began when Geoff bumped the rear of Brett's car, then slipped around his younger brother to take the lead. Brett came right back and whacked Geoff on the rear bumper, sending him spinning into the concrete barrier.

"I never, never, never intended for that to happen," Brett told a reporter from The Leader in Corning, N.Y. "I made a mistake. I'm sorry he spun and wrecked and couldn't finish the race. I (only) intended to make sure that he knew I didn't appreciate the thump he gave me on the previous turn."

Geoff, 45, refused to talk about the situation at all, but Brett, 34, said of Friday's meeting, arranged by NASCAR officials: "We discussed the on-track situation of last weekend and any future ones that may develop. . . . We calmly sat and talked. We agreed that history is history, and the present and future are what we need to be looking at."

The two will start side-by-side Sunday in the 15th and 16th positions of the 40-car field.


Brett added: "We had this same problem before Geoff announced it to the world (on the ABC telecast of the Brickyard 400). We started side-by-side several times before and raced side-by-side when all this was going on. It's just that it wasn't a big deal then because nobody knew about it."

Geoff, noting that younger brother Todd, 30, also will be running in the race, starting 24th, said: "I know I have two brothers out there. They're not just numbers to me. That's how I've always felt. I'm not going to change, no matter what other things might go on."


The Winston Cup points battle resumes Sunday in a 90-lap race on the Watkins Glen road course with leader Dale Earnhardt sandwiched between his closest pursuers, Ernie Irvan (27 points behind) and Rusty Wallace (268 points behind). …

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