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02/24/08
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Busch Edges Bodine For 7th NCTS Victory  UPDATE Want to know what Sprint Cup will look like in a year or two?  Just see the truck results below.  Top 4 are Toyotas as well as 7 of top 10.

Kyle Busch celebrates winning the San Bernardino County 200 at Auto Club Speedway
Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR
02/23/08 At age 16, Busch was kicked out of Auto Club Speedway and banned from the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race there because the weekend also featured a CART event sponsored by cigarette maker Marlboro and federal law precluded persons under age 18 from participating in events sponsored by tobacco companies.

On Saturday, Busch returned to the two-mile track as a 22-year-old veteran and pulled away from Todd Bodine in the final 10 laps of the San Bernardino County 200 to claim his seventh win in the truck series and his first in a Toyota. Busch led 51 laps in opening a 20-point lead over Bodine, who won the season opener last week at Daytona International Speedway but entered the race tied in the points standings with Busch and Johnny Benson because of a 25-point penalty incurred for a bed panel height infraction at Daytona.

"This means the most to me than anything," said Busch, who finished 1.415 seconds ahead of Bodine. "In this race in 2001, I was kicked out of the racetrack. I probably could have sat on the pole and won the race that day."

Johnny Benson ran third in Saturday's race, the first leg of an unprecedented CTS/Nationwide Series doubleheader. Terry Cook was fourth, followed by 2007 series champion Ron Hornaday Jr., Ted Musgrave, Travis Kvapil, Mike Skinner, Colin Braun and Phillip McGilton.

Bodine held the lead from lap 58 to lap 75, before a cloud cover caused his No. 30 Toyota to tighten up. Busch reassumed the point on lap 76 and led the final 11 laps of the 100-lap event after the field completed a cycle of green-flag pit stops "That's exactly what happened," Bodine said of the cloud that changed the handling on his truck. "I told (crew chief) Mike (Hillman Sr.) that the clouds came over and gave him (Busch) a little more grip."

Bodine's crew put on scuffed tires during his last pit stop, but that left truck with a loose condition that prevented him from overtaking Busch, Bodine said.

Skinner and Hornaday, the two dominant CTS drivers in 2007, both recovered from early difficulty. Skinner's engine had a miss from the outset, but his team discovered a loose sparkplug wire on a Lap 6 pit stop and corrected the problem. A slow pit stop on lap 15 dropped Hornaday from the top 10, but by the time the field restarted on lap 49 after a caution for debris in Turn 3, Hornaday was running fourth. Another slow stop on his final trip to the pits, however, dropped Hornaday to fifth at the finish.

Notes: After struggling early, Jon Wood had worked his way back into the top 10 before breaking a rear-end gear during his lap 46 pit stop. He finished 32nd. . . Six weeks after Busch was kicked out of Auto Club Speedway in 2001, NASCAR imposed an age limit of 18 in all three of its top series, rendering Busch ineligible to compete in the 2002 season.

Results

FIN

ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 20 51 Kyle Busch Toyota San Bernardino County 195/10 100 Running
2 4 30 Todd Bodine Toyota Lumber Liquidators 175/5 100 Running
3 3 23 Johnny Benson Toyota Toyota Certified Used Vehicles 170/5 100 Running
4 10 60 Terry Cook Toyota wyler.com 160/0 100 Running
5 1 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Camping World/ RVs.com 160/5 100 Running
6 17 59 Ted Musgrave Toyota Team ASE / Harris Trucking 150/0 100 Running
7 22 09 Travis Kvapil Ford Zaxby's 151/5 100 Running
8 2 5 Mike Skinner Toyota Toyota Tundra 142/0 100 Running
9 6 6 Colin Braun * Ford Con-way Freight 138/0 100 Running
10 18 22 Phillip McGilton * Toyota 3 Wide Life 134/0 100 Running
11 14 99 Erik Darnell Ford Northern Tool + Equipment 135/5 100 Running
12 12 10 Brendan Gaughan Ford International Maxx Force Diesel 127/0 100 Running
13 8 11 David Starr Toyota Red Horse Racing 124/0 100 Running
14 5 14 Rick Crawford Ford Power Stroke Diesel by International 126/5 100 Running
15 9 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet Quaker State / Menards 118/0 100 Running
16 13 18 Dennis Setzer Dodge Melling Select Oil Pumps 120/5 100 Running
17 34 47 A.J. Allmendinger Chevrolet Morgan-Dollar Motorsports 112/0 100 Running
18 27 8 Chad McCumbee Chevrolet MRD Motorsports 109/0 99 Running
19 16 20 Scott Lagasse Jr. Ford JTG Racing 106/0 99 Running
20 29 15 Marc Mitchell * Chevrolet Ergon Hyprene 103/0 99 Running
21 15 4 Stacy Compton Dodge Carl Burger's Dodge 100/0 99 Running
22 30 2 Jack Sprague Chevrolet RVs.com 97/0 99 Running
23 25 16 Brian Scott * Chevrolet Shark Energy Drink / Albertson's Supermarket 94/0 99 Running
24 21 07 Mike Bliss Chevrolet ASI Limited 91/0 99 Running
25 19 13 Shelby Howard Chevrolet ThorSport Racing 88/0 99 Running
26 32 71 Donny Lia * Chevrolet TRG Motorsports 85/0 99 Running
27 23 46 Erin Crocker Chevrolet www.foneGEAR46.com 82/0 97 Running
28 26 40 Chad Chaffin Chevrolet Key Motorsports 79/0 97 Running
29 24 7 Andy Lally * Chevrolet TRG Motorsports 76/0 97 Running
30 28 08 Jason White Dodge Gunbroker.com 73/0 97 Running
31 31 29 Scott Lynch Dodge Jasper Engines 70/0 79 Engine
32 11 21 Jon Wood Ford U.S. Air Force 67/0 73 Running
33 7 9 Justin Marks * Toyota Crocs 64/0 56 Running
34 33 44 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet Key Motorsports 61/0 7 Handling
35 35 0 Butch Miller Chevrolet ASI Limited 58/0 3 Vibration

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