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Bodine wins for 5th time in Texas

NASCAR Truck Series
Saturday, June 06, 2009

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Todd Bodine celebrates again at TMS
Toyota
Todd Bodine won his fifth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Friday at Texas Motor Speedway, finishing 1.321 seconds in front of runner-up Matt Crafton in the WinStar World Casino 400.

Bodine became the first driver in the history of the series to have five victories at one track. They've all been accomplished in a Toyota for Germain Racing. It was Bodine's 17th career victory in trucks, also all with Germain.

"It's incredible to win five races at one track," Bodine said. "It's hard to win anywhere."

Bodine took the lead on the 125th of 167 laps on the 1.5-mile superspeedway and was never threatened. He had a 2.5-second lead over Crafton's ThorSport Racing Chevrolet with 25 laps to go and 2.1 with five remaining. Making sure he had enough fuel to reach the checkered flag, Bodine backed off the throttle on the final lap.

Todd Bodine passes Ron Hornaday Jr
Toyota
Bodine had been running third behind Ron Hornaday Jr.'s Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet and Crafton when a sequence of green-flag pit stops began on lap 98.

Hornaday was penalized for a right-side tire violation and given a drive-through penalty, which put him a lap down. He never regained it. Hornaday had more trouble four laps from the end when he lost oil pressure and finished 19th.

With the series rule that limits trucks to taking only fuel or tires on a pit stop, Rick Crawford's Circle Bar Racing Ford took the lead by making one stop for fuel as most of the rest of the trucks made two stops. It allowed Crawford to lead for 17 laps before the race's second caution came out. Crawford pitted, along with all but two trucks: Bodine and Colin Braun's Roush Fenway Racing Ford.

Bodine had made his last stop for fuel on lap 103. Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. believed he could go the distance.

"We needed clean air," Bodine said. "To get out front was key. Junior made a great call. I had to stretch the fuel at the end."

Second was Crafton's best finish of the season and moved him into the points lead for the first time in his nine seasons as a full-time driver in the series. He's 30 points in front of Hornaday.

Crafton stopped during the final caution with 45 laps to go for four tires because of concerns of wear from a previous run that showed cords. Crafton restarted sixth and moved up to second with 30 laps remaining.

"Without a doubt, that's the most disappointing second place I've ever had," Crafton said.

Braun finished a season-best third. Johnny Benson's Red Horse Racing Toyota was fourth and Crawford finished fifth.

Bodine averaged 152.282 mph in one of the fastest truck races in history. There were two cautions for 10 laps.

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 9 30 Todd Bodine Toyota Copart 190/5 167 Running
2 3 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet Australian Gold 175/5 167 Running
3 14 6 Colin Braun Ford Con-way Freight 165/0 167 Running
4 15 1 Johnny Benson Toyota Red Horse Racing 160/0 167 Running
5 6 14 Rick Crawford Ford Circle Bar Truck Corral / International 160/5 167 Running
6 1 13 Johnny Sauter * Chevrolet Fun Sand / Star De Azlan / Curb Records 155/5 167 Running
7 13 24 David Starr Toyota Zachry 146/0 167 Running
8 18 23 Jason White Dodge GunBroker.com 142/0 167 Running
9 24 81 Tayler Malsam * Toyota One Eighty 138/0 167 Running
10 11 5 Mike Skinner Toyota Randy Moss Motorsports / Exide 134/0 166 Running
11 8 4 Ricky Carmichael * Chevrolet Monster Energy 130/0 166 Running
12 10 17 Timothy Peters Toyota Strutmasters.com 127/0 166 Running
13 7 07 Chad McCumbee Chevrolet Tiwi 124/0 166 Running
14 16 11 T.J. Bell Toyota Red Horse Racing 121/0 166 Running
15 17 16 Brian Scott Toyota Albertsons 118/0 165 Running
16 12 15 Aric Almirola Toyota Samsung Instinct 115/0 165 Running
17 5 8 Dennis Setzer Chevrolet Malcolmson Construction 112/0 164 Running
18 20 10 James Buescher * Ford International Maxx Force Diesel 109/0 164 Running
19 2 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Longhorn Smokeless Tobacco 116/10 163 Running
20 22 25 Terry Cook Toyota Cajun Industries 103/0 162 Running
21 19 60 Stacy Compton Toyota SafeAuto Insurance Company 100/0 161 Out Of Fuel
22 4 51 Brian Ickler * Toyota Miccosukee Resort / Samsung Instinct 97/0 161 Running
23 23 273 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet County Building Centers / Circle M Inspection 94/0 111 Vibration
24 32 148 Wayne Edwards Chevrolet Rockingham Speedway Cherry Bomb 200 91/0 26 Ignition
25 25 175 Ryan Mathews Ford JandRSupply.com PE 22 Vibration
26 27 08 Butch Miller Chevrolet ASI Limited 85/0 22 Overheating
27 28 176 Ryan Hackett Ford JandRSupply.com PE 18 Transmission
28 29 172 John Jackson Chevrolet James Carter Attorney at Law 79/0 14 Ignition
29 21 212 Mario Gosselin Chevrolet James Carter Attorney at Law 76/0 13 Rear End
30 33 189 Nick Tucker Chevrolet Blue Ox / Lafferty Performance PE 12 Too Slow
31 26 121 Marc Mitchell Dodge Stock Car Steel 70/0 11 Overheating
32 31 47 Brandon Knupp Chevrolet Rockingham Speedway Cherry Bomb 200 / FT-11 Degreaser 67/0 9 Transmission
33 30 157 Norm Benning Chevrolet Germane RED 64/0 3 Handling

* Denotes Rookie

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