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Busch Holds Off Bodine For Charlotte Win

NASCAR Truck Series
Saturday, May 22, 2010

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Kyle Busch grabs the checkered flag to celebrate his win in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200
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Polesitter Kyle Busch survived a scrape with the wall and held off Todd Bodine in a two-lap dash to the finish to win Friday night's North Carolina Education Lottery 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Busch, who owns the No. 18 Toyota he drove to victory, crossed the finish line 0.228 seconds ahead of Bodine to give Toyota its first truck series victory at the 1.5-mile racetrack. Ron Hornaday Jr. was third, followed by James Buescher and Elliott Sadler.

The victory was Busch's second in five starts this season, his third at Charlotte and the 18th of his career. Busch has won three straight races in NASCAR's top three touring series, having triumphed in last weekend's Nationwide and Sprint Cup events at Dover.

On Lap 40 of 134, Busch's Toyota broke loose while leading and slammed the outside wall, damaging the front splitter. Initially, Busch slowed after the contact and lost three positions but began working his way back to the front.

As luck would have it, the brush with the wall helped correct a loose handling condition.

Kyle Busch pits his No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota
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"I made it where I could drive it," Busch said. "I knocked some 'tight' into it. This team did a great job in preparing this truck to come here, and I tried to screw it up. I guess the driver owes the car owner a little something today."

On Lap 65, Bodine passed Brad Keselowski for the second spot and regained the lead when Sadler made a green-flag pit stop on Lap 67. Busch stayed out front until Lap 80, when Brent Raymer's truck blew an engine and went up in a ball of fire in the tri-oval to cause the third caution of the race.

After a lengthy pit stop to repair the right front fender on his Tundra, Busch restarted ninth on Lap 90. He gained two spots on the restart lap before Ryan Sieg blew his right front tire and slammed the Turn 3 wall to bring out the fourth yellow flag.

Eleven laps after a restart on Lap 95, Busch passed Bodine for the second position and held it until Dennis Setzer's hard contact with the Turn 2 wall slowed the field for the fifth time. With an excellent restart on Lap 118, Busch took the lead from Hornaday but ran only three green-flag laps before Donny Lia spun off Turn 2 and crashed nose-first into the inside wall on the backstretch.

Bodine leads the series standings by two points over Aric Almirola, who finished seventh.

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Toyota Tundra / Z-Line Designs 195/10 134 Running
2 9 30 Todd Bodine Toyota Germain.com 175/5 134 Running
3 5 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Longhorn Smokeless Tobacco 170/5 134 Camshaft
4 2 31 James Buescher Chevrolet Wolfpack Rentals 160/0 134 Running
5 4 2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet Insignia / Best Buy 160/5 134 Running
6 14 5 Mike Skinner Toyota Exide Batteries 150/0 134 Running
7 12 51 Aric Almirola Toyota AKawareness.com / Graceway Pharmaceuticals 146/0 134 Running
8 16 23 Jason White Dodge GunBroker.com 142/0 134 Running
9 15 81 David Starr Toyota Zachry 138/0 134 Running
10 7 17 Timothy Peters Toyota Strutmasters.com / Red Horse Racing 134/0 134 Running
11 11 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet McGuire-Nicholas / Menards 130/0 134 Running
12 6 13 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet In Country Television / "What A Horse" / Curb Records 127/0 134 Running
13 17 56 Tayler Malsam Toyota Toyota / One Eighty 124/0 134 Running
14 19 4 Ricky Carmichael Chevrolet Monster Energy 121/0 134 Running
15 18 7 Justin Lofton * Toyota VisitPIT.com 118/0 134 Running
16 13 15 Nelson Piquet Jr. Toyota Qualcomm 115/0 134 Running
17 30 60 Narain Karthikeyan Chevrolet SafeAuto Insurance Co. / Starbeast Motorsports 112/0 134 Running
18 28 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb * Ford drivenmale.com / DriverBoutique.com 109/0 133 Running
19 36 48 Hermie Sadler Chevrolet TNA Wrestling 111/5 132 Running
20 26 12 Mario Gosselin Chevrolet TireMonkey.com / James Carter Attorney 103/0 131 Running
21 20 90 Brad Sweet Toyota Great Clips 100/0 130 Running
22 23 47 Brett Butler * Chevrolet FuelDoctorUSA.com 97/0 130 Running
23 31 6 J C Stout Dodge M3 -- Matthews Mobile Media 94/0 129 Running
24 34 57 Norm Benning Chevrolet Norm Benning Racing 91/0 128 Running
25 32 46 Terry Jones Dodge Team Gill Racing 88/0 122 Engine
26 3 07 Donny Lia Chevrolet SS Green Light Racing 85/0 120 Accident
27 24 150 T.J. Bell Chevrolet MAKE Motorsports / Twin Oaks Services South 82/0 120 Engine
28 10 129 Brad Keselowski Dodge Brad Keselowski Racing 79/0 111 Engine
29 18 21 Chris Eggleston * Chevrolet ASI Limited 76/0 108 Accident
30 13 192 Dennis Setzer Chevrolet fleetHQ.com / BTS Tire & Wheel Distributors 73/0 108 Accident
31 35 01 Michael Guerity Chevrolet Koma Unwind Chillaxation Drink / IAmAFootSoldier.com 70/0 91 Engine
32 25 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet S&W Services 67/0 88 Accident
33 29 85 Brent Raymer Ford Ford. Drive one. 64/0 76 Accident
34 21 116 Wes Burton Chevrolet PanCan.org / C&C Tool & Machine 61/0 59 Brakes
35 8 3 Austin Dillon * Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / NWTF 58/0 55 Running
36 27 93 Mike Garvey Chevrolet S&W Services 55/0 9 Engine

* Denotes Rookie

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