Bodine enjoys driving out front in pace car

NASCAR director of cost research Brett Bodine drives the pace car at every Sprint Cup race, but the former racer says his most important job on the racetrack is monitoring track conditions.

Updated: August 7, 2008, 4:38 PM ET
By Ellen Siska | Special to ESPN.com

Everyone knows about the SAFER barrier and the HANS device, safety innovations that NASCAR drivers depend on when racing around the circuit at speeds approaching 200 mph. But one important safety ingredient was born, not invented, and that person is the pace car driver.

Brett Bodine, who was a full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup series driver for 15 consecutive seasons from 1988 to 2003, got into a new ride in 2004. That was the year he joined the sport's sanctioning body as director of ...

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