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Bodine Wins Sixth NASCAR Race at Texas Print E-mail
by Austin Kilgore    Fri, Jun 4, 2010, 09:35 pm
Todd Bodine ended a 24-race-long winless streak at Texas Motor Speedway Friday, a track where he’s now won six races, the most of any driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the track.

Bodine led 106 of 169 laps, a career high at TMS, while he held off Ron Hornaday during a green-white-checker overtime restart at the Fort Worth track. It’s the seventh Truck Series race at TMS to end under NASCAR’s overtime rule and it gave Bodine his sixth win at the track. That’s more wins than any driver in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup and the IRL Izod IndyCar Series and is tied with Kyle Busch’s record of six wins at TMS, five in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and one in the trucks.
The field restarted with seven laps to go – Bodine in first, Timothy Peters on his outside in second and Hornaday in third directly behind him. When the green flag waved, Hornaday pushed Bodine’s truck into turn one, and slipped in on the low groove of the track between turns one and two for the lead. But Bodine kept Hornaday pinched down on the track and retook the lead by the time the field of nine lead-lap cars made it back to the start/finish line.

But on lap 162, driver David Starr had a mechanical malfunction that sent him into the wall between turns one and two, collecting Matt Crafton in the wreck and bringing out the caution that necessitated the overtime finish.

On the final restart, Hornaday tried to make his way to the front, this time restarting second next to Bodine. But as he made his move, Johnny Sauter inched forward, his sights set on the lead. The two made contact, sending Hornaday back in the field, where he finished seventh.

“I’ve not always been the best at restarts, and when you’ve got Hornaday beside you, you know you have to be on your game and get it right,” Bodine said. “Once the 13 got beside Ron, I knew we had a pretty good shot at beating them for two laps.”

Sauter went on to finish second, followed by Austin Dillon in third.

“I had an opportunity there when Ron and Todd were beating and banging to probably take it three-wide, but I pedaled it and rolled out of the throttle a little bit just because I knew the outcome of that was probably not what we wanted,” Sauter said. “We all know how Ron races, so you’ve got to be careful around him. We’ve had fast trucks all year long and we needed a solid night tonight. Maybe it wasn’t in our best interests to try to win tonight.”

Dillon, a rookie in the Truck Series this year, got his best start of the year with the pole position and earned his first career top five finish.

“Our truck was really good at the beginning. We lost it there in the middle, but at the end it was right back there where it was at the beginning,” Dillon said. “Its good for us to get a good finish and get back up in there in points.”

Despite his phenomenal success at the 1.5-mile Texas track, Bodine said that doesn’t make him want to return to the track to compete in either of NASCAR’s other series, though he wouldn’t rule it out.

“We’ve got our agenda at Germain Racing and that’s for the 30 truck to win a championship. That’s not to say that if we had the opportunity to run a Cup car here or somewhere else, that we wouldn’t,” Bodine said. “The main thing is that we aren’t going to let anything affect the 30 truck and what we’re trying to do. This is the best start to the season we’ve ever had and we’re going to keep doing what we know how to do.”

Bodine leaves Texas with the Truck Series points lead, ahead 65 points over Aric Almirola.

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