Larry's Look | Learning the sport of bobsledding

Larry's Look | Learning the sport of bobsledding

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by LARRY SPRINKLE / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on February 18, 2014 at 11:51 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Geoff Bodine had an amazing career in NASCAR -- 565 starts, 37 poles, and 18 wins.

He was honored as one of "NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers" during NASCAR's 50th anniversary celebration. Bodine has always been a great innovator and brought many ideas to the world of racing.

He introduced power steering and full-faced helmets to Winston Cup. He was also the last driver to win a race and lap the field, in the fall 1994 race at North Wilkesboro Speedway.

He holds the track record at Atlanta Motor Speedway from his pole sitting run after the track was repaved in 1997, with a speed of over 197 mph.

His creativity and innovation are not just limited to NASCAR racing. Bodine is the co-owner of the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Company.

He became interested in bobsleds, while watching the 1992 Winter Olympics. Bodine saw that the U.S. Bobsled team was having a very tough time during competition.

Geoff learned that the sleds being used were all imported and not built in the United States.

He felt that he could help the team win with better technology derived from his race car experience, engineering background, as well as the abundant design and construction resources offered to him through his NASCAR connections.

With his interest captured, Bodine took a few runs in a bobsled at Lake Placid to confirm his feelings and to learn more about the sleds.

This morning on Larry's Look, Geoff Bodine talked about bobsleds he helped create and how they have helped the U.S. win gold in Vancouver and the chance for more gold in Sochi.
 

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