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Bodine spins then wins in Kentucky

NASCAR Truck Series
Saturday, September 4, 2010


Todd Bodine, driver of the #30 Toyota, celebrates
Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR
Todd Bodine clearly isn’t “points racing.” The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader gambled on fuel mileage Friday night and won the Built Ford Tough 225 at Kentucky Speedway. Bodine last stopped for fuel on Lap 92 of the 150-lap race and ran the final 55 laps under green on the same tank of gas.

Todd Bodine tried to outrace Kyle Busch. When that didn't work, the NASCAR Truck Series veteran decided to outsmart the Cup star.

Bodine recovered from a mid-race spin -- one started when Busch edged a little too close to Bodine's rear quarterpanel -- to end Busch's three-series winning streak at four with a brilliant fuel-saving run Friday night at Kentucky Speedway.

The series points leader managed to squeeze out 58 laps on one tank of fuel to beat Johnny Sauter and Aric Almirola while ending Busch's two-week stranglehold on Victory Lane.

"Our misfortune turned out to be our fortune," Bodine said of his fourth win of the season.

Sauter was second, followed by Almirola, Jason White and Ricky Carmichael.

Bodine exacted a little revenge on Busch.

The two got together briefly last week at Chicagoland, where Busch eventually rolled to his fourth consecutive win across NASCAR's three national series.

They were at it again at the bumpy 1.5-mile oval in northern Kentucky. They were battling for the lead just past the race's halfway point when Bodine got loose trying to take the lead from Busch on Lap 82. He lost control coming out of Turn 4 and slid onto the infield grass. His truck was largely unscathed and he pitted on Lap 92.

Bodine wasn't supposed to make it 58 laps on one tank, yet he managed to sip enough gas to make it hold up and extend his points lead on Almirola to 261 points with seven races to go.

"I'd like to thank Kyle for driving dirty and pushing us down," Bodine said in Victory Lane. "That made us get the gas."

The remark angered Busch and the two exchanged pleasantries. Bodine didn't back down from his comment, saying he's getting tired of Busch's seeming lack of respect for his fellow drivers.

"Unfortunately, I've always had a lot of respect for Kyle," Bodine said. "Slowly but surely I'm losing it."

Busch, who will look for a record-breaking 11th win in the Nationwide Series on Saturday in Atlanta, was not approached for comment afterward.

He began the day hoping to match Fred Lorenzen, Richard Petty, Bobby Allison and David Pearson as the only drivers to win five consecutive NASCAR events.

Busch qualified fourth but had to move to the rear of the field after making repairs following his qualifying run.

No biggie. He wasted little time making his way through the field. Busch was in front by Lap 55 and appeared ready to continue the dominance that began two weeks ago at Bristol, when he swept the Truck, Nationwide and Cup race. He backed it up last week in Chicago and clearly had the fastest truck Friday.

It just wasn't so great on fuel mileage. He pitted under green with 23 laps remaining, ceding the lead to Bodine who kept his right foot gingerly on the throttle as the laps wound down.

Bodine crossed the finish line with a couple of ounces to spare. Not bad for a truck that needed a serious facelift after getting banged up in Chicago. The truck was in the shop Sunday and had a new engine by Monday.

Five days later, it was good enough to help Bodine pick up his 21st career Truck victory.

Bodine hopes there are more checkered flags in his future. He knows he'll have to beat Busch to get there. He's hoping the supremely talented Busch, however, will learn some manners.

"It's not just the Truck Series, it's every division he races," Bodine said. "He's so good. He's without a doubt one of the best drivers NASCAR has ever seen ... he doesn't have to drive like that to win races but he does and he's getting away with it because NASCAR won't do anything about it. He was mad because I called him out on it."


1 14 30 Todd Bodine Toyota 190/5 150 Running
2 2 13 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet / Curb Records 175/5 150 Running
3 5 51 Aric Almirola Toyota Zyclara by Graceway Pharmaceutica-ls 165/0 150 Running
4 13 23 Jason White Ford ASI Limited / Akzo Nobel 160/0 150 Running
5 9 4 Ricky Carmichael Chevrolet Monster Energy 155/0 150 Running
6 12 17 Timothy Peters Toyota Apex Tool Group 150/0 150 Running
7 4 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Dollar General / Toyota Tundra 156/10 150 Running
8 26 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet S&W Towing 142/0 150 Running
9 1 3 Austin Dillon * Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Remington Arms / Tracker 143/5 149 Running
10 10 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet Ideal Door / Menards 134/0 149 Running
11 7 7 Justin Lofton * Toyota 130/0 149 Running
12 16 60 Stacy Compton Chevrolet SafeAuto Ins.Co. / 132/5 149 Running
13 3 5 Mike Skinner Toyota International Trucks / Monaco RV 124/0 149 Running
14 20 181 David Starr Toyota Allegro Marinade 121/0 149 Running
15 24 192 Dennis Setzer Chevrolet / BTS Tire & Wheel Distributors 118/0 149 Running
16 29 12 Mario Gosselin Chevrolet / James Carter Attorney 115/0 149 Running
17 27 85 Brent Raymer Ford Ford. Drive one. 112/0 149 Running
18 6 90 Donny Lia Toyota Dave Dayton's Racers Auction & Trade Show 109/0 148 Running
19 15 2 Shelby Howard Chevrolet Foretravel Motorcoach 106/0 148 Running
20 21 177 Miguel Paludo Toyota Stemco / Duroline 103/0 148 Running
21 36 244 Will Kimmel III Ford Lucas Oil Products / Checkmate 100/0 148 Running
22 11 31 James Buescher Chevrolet Wolfpack Rentals 97/0 148 Running
23 30 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb * Ford / 94/0 147 Running
24 32 46 Clay Greenfield Dodge Team Gill Racing 91/0 147 Running
25 18 41 Steve Park Toyota Van Dyk Baler Corp. / Bollegraaf 88/0 147 Running
26 31 6 Carl Long Chevrolet 85/0 147 Running
27 19 172 John Jackson Chevrolet James Carter Attorney / 82/0 147 Running
28 22 47 Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet Fuel Doctor USA 79/0 146 Running
29 8 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet E-Z-Go 2Five Street Legal Vehicle 81/5 146 Running
30 35 01 Chris Lafferty Dodge Koma Unwind Chillaxation Drink 73/0 141 Running
31 34 57 Norm Benning Chevrolet Norm Benning Racing 70/0 130 Rear End
32 23 182 Paddy Rodenbeck Chevrolet Integrity Global Security 67/0 91 Accident
33 17 187 Chris Jones Chevrolet Copy Wizard 69/5 41 Ignition
34 25 93 Mike Garvey Chevrolet S&W Towing 61/0 10 Overheating
35 33 07 Butch Miller Dodge SS Green Light Racing 58/0 4 Clutch
36 28 95 Tim Andrews Dodge Team Gill Racing 55/0 2 Vibration

* Denotes Rookie

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