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Bowyer wins Truck race, Bodine champion

NASCAR Truck Series in Phoenix
Saturday, November 13, 2010

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Clint Bowyer celebrates winning the Lucas Oil 150
Todd Bodine celebrates his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship
Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR
Clint Bowyer didn't lose his touch during a three-year hiatus from NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series.

Driving Kevin Harvick's No. 2 Chevrolet, Bowyer won Friday night's Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway in his first start in the series since Oct. 20, 2007 at Martinsville.

Todd Bodine also had reason to celebrate. With a 12th-place finish at Phoenix, Bodine wrapped up his second truck series championship. He leads Aric Almirola by an insurmountable 202 points entering next Friday's season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Bowyer beat race runner-up Kyle Busch to the line by 1.039 seconds. Johnny Sauter finished third, followed by Matt Crafton and Almirola.

"Everybody back at the shop did such a great job building this thing," Bowyer said. "They were excited about it before we came down here, and any time these guys get excited about building a truck back at the shop, you know as a racecar driver that you're going to have a good hot rod, and we certainly did.

"I love this series, and I think this is some of the best racing we have in NASCAR. It's fun to be back in it."             

Bowyer had the dominant truck in the early going. After taking the top spot from polesitter Austin Dillon following a restart on Lap 24, Bowyer opened a lead that reached 6.626 seconds before NASCAR called the second caution of the race on Lap 53 because of fluid on the track.

Busch led 25 laps in the middle of the race, but Bowyer reasserted his superiority after beating Busch out of the pits for a restart on Lap 67.

Bodine added the 2010 crown to his 2006 truck series title.

"Along the way, we had a lot of good luck," Bodine said. "Along with good performance, along with hard work, you've got to have good luck, and we had it this year. We did that. But the old adage is 'You make your own luck,' and this team has done a great job all year of doing that."

Note: Busch, who drives his own No. 18 Toyota, holds a 120 point lead over Bodine's No. 30 Toyota, fielded by Germain Racing, in the battle for the owners' championship.

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 3 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Kroger 195/10 150 Running
2 4 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Toyota Tundra / Z-Line Designs 175/5 150 Running
3 5 13 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet FarmPaint.com / Curb Records 165/0 150 Running
4 2 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet Australian Gold / Menards 160/0 150 Running
5 9 51 Aric Almirola Toyota Floors By Design 155/0 150 Running
6 8 5 Mike Skinner Toyota International Trucks / Monaco RV 150/0 150 Running
7 1 3 Austin Dillon * Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Remington Arms / Tracker 151/5 150 Running
8 12 181 David Starr Toyota Zachry / ASI Limited 142/0 150 Running
9 7 7 Justin Lofton * Toyota VisitPIT.com 138/0 150 Running
10 11 47 Bobby Hamilton Jr. Chevrolet GreetingExpress.com 134/0 150 Running
11 18 31 James Buescher Chevrolet Great Clips 135/5 150 Running
12 15 30 Todd Bodine Toyota Germain.com 127/0 150 Running
13 6 17 Timothy Peters Toyota Lufkin Pro Series 124/0 150 Running
14 10 60 Stacy Compton Chevrolet SafeAuto Ins. Co. / Embassy Suites 121/0 150 Running
15 13 90 Brad Sweet Chevrolet Great Clips 118/0 150 Running
16 17 119 David Mayhew Chevrolet MMI Services / Ron's Rear End PE 150 Running
17 16 162 Greg Pursley Chevrolet Gene Price Motorsports / Star Nursery 112/0 150 Running
18 23 125 Tayler Malsam Toyota Exide Batteries 109/0 150 Running
19 20 46 Steve Park Toyota Van Dyk Baler Corp. / Bollegraaf 106/0 150 Running
20 27 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet S&W Towing 103/0 149 Running
21 32 85 Brent Raymer Ford Ford. Drive one. 100/0 147 Running
22 28 22 Tim George Jr. Chevrolet RCR Development 97/0 146 Running
23 29 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb * Ford drivenmale.com / DriverBoutique.com 94/0 145 Running
24 35 57 Norm Benning Chevrolet Centramatic 91/0 143 Running
25 34 01 Brian Weber Chevrolet Koma Unwind PE 142 Running
26 25 186 Jamie Dick Chevrolet Viva Auto Group 85/0 138 Running
27 22 4 Ricky Carmichael Chevrolet Monster Energy 82/0 137 Running
28 26 6 C E Falk Chevrolet Kids Embrace Car Seats 79/0 132 Running
29 14 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet E-Z-Go 2Five Street Legal Vehicle 76/0 114 Accident
30 33 172 Caitlin Shaw Chevrolet Oil Medics / Community Healthcare Services 73/0 84 Accident
31 21 9 Tom Hessert Jr. Toyota Cherry Hill Classic Cars 70/0 84 Overheating
32 19 23 Jason White Toyota GunBroker.com / Mule Deer Foundation 67/0 53 Engine
33 31 93 Shane Sieg Chevrolet S&W Towing 64/0 36 Overheating
34 24 12 Mario Gosselin Chevrolet Accell Construction / TireMonkey.com / James Carter Attorney 61/0 30 Overheating
35 36 89 Chris Lafferty Chevrolet Blue Ox / Lafferty Performance 58/0 14 Accident
36 30 07 Butch Miller Toyota Zachry / ASI Limited 55/0 8 Axel

* Denotes Rookie

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