Bodine’s current claim to fame is he is the pace car driver for the Sprint Cup series. The middle Bodine brother earned his only Sprint Cup win in 1990 at North Wilkesboro but he did score 61 top-10s in the Sprint Cup series during his racing career. He also had five Xfinity wins to go along with 52 career top-10 finishes in the Xfinity Series.
Brett Bodine setting the pace at the Brickyard 400 in 2012
Hirschman Jr. is a five-time NASCAR Whelan Modified Champion capturing titles in 1995, 1996, 1999, 2004 and 2005. He also was named the Modified Tour Most Popular Driver in 2005 and 2006. Hirschman’s five championships make him one of the most accomplished drivers in the history of the Whelan Modified Tour.
Carl Bergman started his racing career while still serving in the military. Bergamn decided to use the name Bugs Stevens to race. He won the NASCAR Modified Championships in 1967, 1968 and 1969. During a 10 year period between 1966 and 1975, Stevens never finished lower than sixth in the Modified points standings. The name and the titles make him one of the most known drivers in the history of the Modified Series.
JPM came to NASCAR after driving Indy Car for Chip Ganassi and Formula 1 for Williams, McLaren. He had two wins in Sprint Cup, one at Sonoma and one at Watkins Glen; both being road courses. JPM came his closest to an oval victory when he dominated at the Brickyard 400 only to have a speeding penalty on pit road ruin his chance at victory. Aside from his accomplishments he is also known for colliding with a jet dryer while under caution during a race at Daytona.
Currently Craven is an analyst for ESPN. Craven was the 1992 Busch Series Rookie of the Year and the 1995 Winston Cup Rookie of the Year. He won at Martinsville in 2001 and defeating Kurt Busch by .002 seconds at Darlington was voted the finish of the 2000’s in the Sprint Cup series. The finish with Busch at Darlington is a moment that is relived every time the Sprint Cup Series visits the track.
These final laps at Darlington are some of the most exciting in racing history.
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