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Benson Wins Third Straight Race at Milwaukee

NASCAR Truck Series
Saturday, June 21, 2008

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Johnny Benson won the pole then went on to win the Camping World RV Sales 200 race Friday night at The Milwaukee Mile before a sparse crowd
Ronda Greer for NASCAR
Johnny Benson won the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at The Milwaukee Mile for the third straight year Friday night, taking the Camping World RV Sales 200.

Benson's victory from the pole position in the Bill Davis Racing Toyota was his first of the season and 10th of his NCTS career -- all coming in the past three seasons. He entered the race leading the points and expanded his advantage to 50 over Todd Bodine.

"It feels great," Benson said. "I could do almost anything I wanted. That last set of tires was awesome. This is way cool. I can't believe we won three in a row."

Benson led the final 53 laps and won by 2.5 seconds over Matt Crafton's ThorSport Racing Chevrolet. Landon Cassill, making his fifth start in the series, finished third in the Morgan-Dollar Motorsports Chevrolet. Erik Darnell's Roush Fenway Racing Ford was fourth and Bodine's Germain Racing Toyota fifth. Michael Annett, making his first start in the series, was sixth in a Bill Davis Racing Toyota.

Rick Crawford rallied from 16th, the tail end of the longest line, to eighth in the final 56 laps. Crawford's Circle Bar Racing Ford led when the caution came out for light rain on Lap 146. On radar, it didn't appear more precipitation was coming, and so the lead lap trucks pitted.

Benson entered in third, took four tires and fuel, and exited in first. Crafton, also taking four tires and fuel, maintained second and Crawford fell to third, followed by Cassill and Darnell. However, Crawford's truck was detected speeding and had to go to the tail end of the longest line for the next restart.

Shortly thereafter, NASCAR red-flagged the race for lightning, but there was no rain. The grandstands were cleared with 50 of the 200 scheduled laps remaining.

The race restarted 26 minutes later on Lap 155 and Benson went unchallenged to the checkered flag in a run that was interrupted by one caution.

Benson started from pole with Crawford on the outside of the front row. Crawford jumped into the lead for the opening three laps before Benson passed him and began pulling away during an extended green flag run. He had a 3.3-second advantage over Crawford after 70 laps.

Most of the field had made it through pit stops under green when the caution came out on Lap 78. Benson had just made his stop and was pulling out. Because of the timing of the caution, only seven trucks remained on the lead lap.

Benson was the leader, but was in the middle of the pack with many trucks in front on the lead lap. Crawford managed to stay in front of Benson and regained track position when the caution came out on Lap 96.

Results

FIN

ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 1 23 Johnny Benson Toyota Toyota Certified Used Vehicles 195/10 200 Running
2 10 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet Super Clean / Menards 175/5 200 Running
3 23 46 Landon Cassill Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 165/0 200 Running
4 13 99 Erik Darnell Ford Northern Tool + Equipment 165/5 200 Running
5 17 30 Todd Bodine Toyota Lumber Liquidators 160/5 200 Running
6 14 22 Michael Annett Toyota Pilot Travel Centers 150/0 200 Running
7 6 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Camping World/ RVs.com 146/0 200 Running
8 2 14 Rick Crawford Ford Circle Bar Truck Corral / Power Stroke Diesel 147/5 200 Running
9 12 60 Terry Cook Toyota wyler.com 138/0 200 Running
10 3 5 Mike Skinner Toyota Toyota Tundra 134/0 200 Running
11 15 18 Dennis Setzer Dodge Dodge Motorsports 130/0 200 Running
12 19 51 Mike Bliss Toyota Miccosukee Resort & Gaming / NOS Energy Drink 127/0 200 Running
13 5 2 Jack Sprague Chevrolet RVs.com 124/0 200 Running
14 8 13 Shelby Howard Chevrolet Bobcat 121/0 200 Running
15 9 15 Marc Mitchell * Toyota Ergon Hyprene 123/5 199 Running
16 7 10 Brendan Gaughan Ford International Maxx Force Diesel 115/0 199 Running
17 26 08 Jason White Dodge Gunbroker.com 112/0 198 Running
18 11 09 John Wes Townley Ford Zaxby's 109/0 197 Running
19 20 59 Ted Musgrave Toyota Team ASE / Harris Trucking 106/0 197 Running
20 29 03 Chrissy Wallace Toyota Germain Toyota 103/0 197 Running
21 28 21 Keven Wood Ford U.S. Air Force 100/0 197 Running
22 30 71 Donny Lia * Chevrolet NationRides.com 97/0 197 Running
23 22 11 David Starr Toyota PIT Corporate Training 94/0 197 Running
24 25 4 Stacy Compton Dodge Bryden Motors 91/0 197 Running
25 24 9 Justin Marks * Toyota Construct Corps 88/0 196 Running
26 27 07 Sean Murphy Chevrolet Baird Creek Outfitters 85/0 196 Running
27 16 8 Chad McCumbee Chevrolet Malcolmson Construction 82/0 195 Running
28 31 185 Brent Raymer Ford Miller Electric Mfg. Co. 79/0 195 Running
29 18 7 T.J. Bell Chevrolet Heathcliff's Cat Litter "Home 4 the Holidays.org" 76/0 193 Running
30 35 40 Paul Poulter Chevrolet Key Motorsports 73/0 188 Running
31 4 6 Colin Braun * Ford Con-way Freight 70/0 106 Accident
32 21 16 Brian Scott * Chevrolet Albertson's 67/0 105 Accident
33 32 74 Nick Tucker Dodge Derrike Cope Inc. 64/0 74 Brakes
34 36 73 Larry Gunselman Dodge Derrike Cope Inc. 61/0 17 Engine
35 34 189 Ryan Seaman Chevrolet Lafferty Performance PE 14 Drive Line
36 33 0 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet ASI Limited PE 6 Vibration

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