When Geoff Bodine started driving Dick Armstrong’s #1s, it marked the beginning of the end of the “Golden Age” of Modified racing. Armstrong and two or three other car owners spent so much on their operations, especially on engines and tires, that it soon became impossible for anyone with a “normal” budget to be competitive on a regular basis. It was said that, for example, the big-budget teams would spend so much on tires in order to try to win a single show that it would be more profitable for a normal team to spend a normal amount on tires and finish third. In time, Geoff demonstrated that he had a lot of talent, but his success in Modified racing was greatly enhanced by the money his team owner spent. Photo by Tom Ormsby, from Racingthroughtime.com.
Another anecdote illuminating Geoff’s success driving modifieds.
From “Looking Back with Phil Smith”. (Click on text to open)
The #1 Nu-Style Pinto owned by Dick Armstong. For a few years in the mid-late ’70s, Nu-Style Racing was probably the most heavily-funded Modified team in existence. During that period, their cars were driven to many victories by Geoff Bodine.
This photo reveals the gearbox casing of a 5-speed transmission. That feature may have contributed to the car’s success – the rules allowed a maximum of 4 speeds.
The thrill of victory, shared with Seymour the Clown. Photo by Howie Hodge.