This outstanding NASCAR Modified, built by eventual Daytona 500 champion Geoff Bodine and Bob Cuneo, was the very first Cavalier-bodied Tour-Type Modified race car to compete at a speedway. It was so revolutionary at the time, NASCAR would not let Bodine race with it at Martinsville when the #99 entered its first event in 1980. The team was then forced to remove the body, find a local junkyard and completely strip a Pinto street car for its body to use for the next day’s race. The following year, NASCAR allowed drivers to use this body style in competition and, even to this day, Modified racers utilize this sleek Cavalier bodywork.
Geoff Bodine went on to drive this “White Tornado” to numerous wins during the next 2 years at premier speedways across the East Coast, including New Smyrna in Florida, Thompson and Stafford in Connecticut, Oswego, Lancaster and Shangri-la in New York and North Wilksboro in North Carolina. The #99 also won at Trenton, New Jersey, where it sat on the pole with a speed of 146.852 miles per hour. The car ended its career with driver Jimmy Broderick at the Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut, where he won several features and barely missed out on winning the track championship.