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Late restart gives Busch Truck Series win

NASCAR
Saturday, November 06, 2010

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Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch blew past Todd Bodine on a restart on Lap 127 and held off Johnny Sauter over the final 20 laps to win Friday night’s WinStar World Casino 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Bodine chose the outside lane for the final restart, but Busch cleared Bodine’s No. 30 Toyota through Turns 1 and 2 and held the lead the rest of the way.

Sauter came home second, followed by Matt Crafton and Bodine, the series points leader. Bodine increased his margin to 230 points over seventh-place finisher Aric Almirola with two races left in the season. Bodine can clinch his second series championship by finishing fourth or better next week at Phoenix.

Busch’s seventh win in 14 starts this season gives him 23 career victories in the series.

“On that last restart there I got a good jump,” Busch said. “I got a good jump and didn’t beat Todd to the line and ended up kind of being alongside him into Turn 1, and I don’t know if my lane just had a better draft or what—we pulled away down the backstretch and held on there.”

In retrospect, Bodine felt he made a mistake in choosing the outside lane for the decisive restart. Busch disagreed.

“If I was in Todd’s position, I would have taken the outside lane for the last restart, too,” he said. “When you’re out there on the outside like that, it makes your truck a lot more stable, and the guy on the inside’s at your mercy.”

Instead, everything fell Busch’s way.

“I don’t know whether I got a better push from behind, I had a better lane that we drafted, or what happened there, but he didn’t stay next to me as well as I expected him to,” Busch said. “I got clear of him, and I was like, ‘Man, this right here was fortune.’ I wasn’t expecting to be clear so quick. I figured I’d have to race him.

“(Crew chief) Eric (Phillips) tightened me up on that last stop (on Lap 123) so I’d have a little more side bite to race against him and try not to get sucked around.”

Bodine had assumed the lead on Lap 111, when Bobby Hamilton Jr., who was off-sequence on pits stops, brought his No. 47 truck to pit road from the top spot.  At that point Bodine held a lead of 2.198 seconds over Busch.

That advantage reached 3.243 seconds when Lance Fenton spun in Turn 2 to cause the fourth caution of the race on Lap 120. But that lead disappeared with the yellow flag and gave Busch the opportunity he needed on the Lap 127 restart.

Defending series champion Ron Hornaday Jr. continued his star-crossed season. On Lap 52, Hornaday slowed to avoid Miguel Paludo’s truck, which had slammed into the wall. Tayler Malsam’s Toyota bounced off the outside wall and turned Hornaday, who retaliated by spinning Malsam. Hornaday finished 32nd.

Note: With the victory, Toyota clinched its fifth straight manufacturers’ championship in the series. … Busch, who owns his No. 18 truck, extended his lead to 72 points over the second-place No. 30 truck, fielded by Germain Racing, in the owners standings. … Busch has a record seven wins at Texas across all three of NASCAR’s top series. On Saturday, he starts fourth in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, attempting to win his sixth straight Nationwide Series race at the 1.5-mile track. … Parker Kligerman, 20, finished ninth in his truck series debut.

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 3 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries / Toyota Tundra / IAmSecond.com 195/10 147 Running
2 7 13 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet FarmPaint.com / Curb Records 175/5 147 Running
3 1 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet McGuire-Nicholas / Menards 165/0 147 Running
4 5 30 Todd Bodine Toyota Valvoline 165/5 147 Running
5 2 2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet Realtree Outfitters 155/0 147 Running
6 21 31 James Buescher Chevrolet Wolfpack Rentals 150/0 147 Running
7 12 51 Aric Almirola Toyota Billy Ballew Motorsports 151/5 147 Running
8 24 5 Mike Skinner Toyota Exide / International Trucks 142/0 147 Running
9 13 129 Parker Kligerman Dodge Brad Keselowski Racing 138/0 147 Running
10 11 4 Ricky Carmichael Chevrolet Monster Energy 134/0 147 Running
11 14 23 Jason White Toyota GunBroker.com / RMEF.org 135/5 147 Running
12 16 17 Timothy Peters Toyota Red Horse Racing 127/0 147 Running
13 10 47 Bobby Hamilton Jr. Chevrolet Lilly Trucking of Virginia 129/5 147 Running
14 19 60 Stacy Compton Chevrolet SafeAuto Ins. Co. / Courtyard 121/0 147 Running
15 15 181 David Starr Toyota Zachry 118/0 146 Running
16 25 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet S&W Towing 115/0 146 Running
17 18 173 Rick Crawford Chevrolet County Building Centers 112/0 146 Running
18 30 186 Jamie Dick Chevrolet Viva Auto Group 109/0 145 Running
19 27 150 T.J. Bell Chevrolet Liberty Tire Recycling / Pinnacle Rubber Mulch 106/0 145 Running
20 28 12 Mario Gosselin Chevrolet Accell Construction / TireMonkey.com / James Carter Attorney 103/0 145 Running
21 20 125 Tayler Malsam Toyota Coinstar / H-E-B 100/0 144 Running
22 17 7 Justin Lofton * Toyota VisitPIT.com 97/0 144 Running
23 23 9 Max Papis Toyota GEICO 94/0 142 Running
24 31 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb * Ford Guier Fence 91/0 141 Running
25 6 3 Austin Dillon * Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Remington Arms / Tracker 88/0 140 Running
26 35 57 Norm Benning Chevrolet Norm Benning Racing 85/0 134 Running
27 32 6 Lance Fenton Chevrolet Kids Embrace Car Seats 82/0 134 Running
28 22 46 Jason Bowles Toyota Eddie Sharp Racing 79/0 124 Transmission
29 26 182 Paddy Rodenbeck Chevrolet Integrity Global Security 76/0 105 Engine
30 34 93 Shane Sieg Chevrolet S&W Towing 73/0 73 Overheating
31 33 85 Brent Raymer Ford Ford. Drive one. 70/0 55 Handling
32 4 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Georgia Boot 72/5 52 Accident
33 8 11 Miguel Paludo Toyota Stemco / Duroline 64/0 52 Accident
34 36 116 Wes Burton Chevrolet Green Burton Motorsports 61/0 17 Ignition
35 29 07 Butch Miller Toyota Zachry / ASI Limited 58/0 5 Engine
36 9 120 Johanna Long Toyota Panhandle Grading and Paving 55/0 1 Accident

* Denotes Rookie

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