Bodine Peels Off First Kentucky Speedway NCWTS BFT 225 Victory
Germain Racing veteran Todd "The Onion" Bodine drove to his second career Kentucky Speedway victory and first in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series by taking the "Built Ford Tough 225 presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers" title tonight.
The current NCWTS championship leader started 14th, rebounded from a Lap 81 solo spin in Turn 4 while battling Kyle Busch for the lead and clawed his way back to lead the closing 14 laps while conserving fuel.
His No. 30 truck crossed the finish line a comfortable 5.630 seconds ahead of Johnny Sauter in the No. 13 ThorSport Racing machine. Aric Almirola took third in the No. 51 Billy Ballew Motorsports truck, Jason White placed fourth in the No. 23 SS Green Light Racing Ford F-150 and Ricky Carmichael rounded out the top five in the No. 4 Turner Motorsports machine.
"We didn't get into the fence with the spin, so our misfortune became our fortune tonight. Spinning out was what gave us the fuel to get to the end because we didn't get into the fence. The guys did a great job fixing the truck and everything fell the way we needed it. The race went green the whole way and everybody else had to pit under green.
"You never give up. We had a good enough truck to get through the field and pass those guys. I started pedaling with about 20 to go to save fuel and we had enough to get to the end," Bodine said.
He recorded his first Kentucky Speedway victory in equally dramatic fashion in the closest of 10 Nationwide Series races at the track by fending off a spinning Greg Biffle at the finish line by .036 of a second on June 16, 2002.
Bodine peels off his fourth NCWTS victory of the season and third in his past five starts. He owns a total of 13 top-five and 15 top-10 finishes through 18 events. He will hold a 261-point championship lead over Almirola, who took his seventh top-five and 14th top-10 of the season tonight.
Sauter ground out his second straight and third top-five finish in his past four outings. He will roll to the series Sept. 18 race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with nine top-five and 10 top-10 finishes.
"The guys made a great call to bring me down (pit road) to get gas and tires there (on Lap 92). We kind of had a hunch we would be going green the rest of the way there. I argued with them and they made the right call. We had a fourth-, fifth-place truck the all night and we got second out of it. We just have to keep going on to our next race and I think I am pretty damn good there so I may win that race," he said.
Both White and Carmichael posted their second top-five and fifth top-10 finishes of the season.
The Kentucky Speedway "Celebrate Speed" weekend continues tomorrow with an open-wheel doubleheader and Diamond Rio concert when gates open at 2:00 p.m. The Firestone Indy Lights "Drive Smart. Buckle-Up Kentucky 100" is set for a 5:30 p.m. start, Diamond Rio takes the Turn 1 concert stage at 6:45 p.m., and the 200th race in IZOD IndyCar Series history, the "Kentucky Indy 300," takes the green flag at 8:45 p.m.
Tickets for tomorrow's races include the Diamond Rio concert can be reserved at the speedway entrances beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Story by Mike Schmaltz
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