By Jason Schultz
Todd Bodine scored his first Camping World Truck Series victory of the season with a little help from Mother Nature. The race was called 53 laps short of the scheduled distance when rain began to fall down hard. Bodine struggled early in the race but soon made a strategic call to change his momentum in the race. Kevin Harvick, who dominated the race early, gained a two second lead in the first ten laps.
The first caution came out on lap 12 for Jason White’s engine expiring. Harvick would soon charge out to another big lead again before the next caution came out on lap 25. Jon Wes Townley had slowed on the track from a flat tire. Before they could get back to the line to complete a lap after the restart, they started wrecking in turns three and four. Lap 29, rookie Jeb Burton got loose and got up into the No.33 of Joey Coulter and both drivers spun up the track and into the wall. The No.29 of Parker Kligerman also was sent spinning. When drivers started slowing up to avoid the wreck ahead, Brian Scott driving the No.18 for Kyle Busch Motorsports was spun around.
On the ensuing restart, Justin Lofton was the leader. Lofton was the point’s leader coming into the race after winning the last Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The next caution came out on lap 68 when Todd Bodine spun around in turn four. The caution would come out once again on lap 97 when Ryan Sieg spun down the front-stretch and made significant contact with the inside wall.
The race became official at lap 100 and Kevin Harvick was the leader. The next caution came out on lap 111 when the No.61 of Wes Burton spun off the back-stretch and made hard contact with the inside wall in turn three. On the following restart, Todd Bodine was the leader. On lap 121, the first red flag on the afternoon came out when rain began to fall, Harvick was the leader. After a quick rain shower the engines were re-fired and the race was resumed.
The next caution came out on lap 127 when Max Gresham experienced trouble. With 65 laps to go, Ron Hornaday made contact with Justin Lofton and Hornaday spun down the backstretch and made significant contact with inside wall bringing out the caution. The final caution of the day came out with 58 when rain began to fall at Dover International Speedway.
After a few caution laps the field was brought down pit road and the red flag came out. The rain was coming down harder now and NASCAR officials called the race on lap 147. Todd Bodine was named the winner. Bodine climbed out of his car to celebrate on pit road and to give an interview with SPEED. Bodine commented in the interview about winning a rain shortened race “I don’t like to win them this way but you know I’ve lost them this way and I’ll take this one.” Justin Lofton remains the point’s leader by one point over Timothy Peters. The next Truck Series race will take place at Texas Motor Speedway on June 8th.
Results via Nascar.com
|1||13||11||Todd Bodine||Toyota||Red Horse Racing||47/4||147||Running|
|2||11||29||Parker Kligerman||Ram||Cooper Standard||43/1||147||Running|
|4||18||30||Nelson Piquet Jr.||Chevrolet||Qualcomm||40/0||147||Running|
|5||5||33||Cale Gale *||Chevrolet||Rheem||39/0||147||Running|
|6||6||3||Ty Dillon *||Chevrolet||Bass Pro Shops / Allstate||38/0||147||Running|
|8||10||88||Matt Crafton||Toyota||Ideal Door / Menards||36/0||147||Running|
|9||8||17||Timothy Peters||Toyota||Red Horse Racing||35/0||147||Running|
|11||2||22||Joey Coulter||Chevrolet||RCR / darrellgwynnf-
|12||9||32||Miguel Paludo||Chevrolet||Duroline Brakes and Components||33/1||147||Running|
|13||17||18||Brian Scott||Toyota||Shore Lodge||0||147||Running|
|14||24||81||David Starr||Toyota||AdvoCare / Zachry||31/1||147||Running|
|15||12||08||Ross Chastain *||Toyota||Georgia Watermelon Assoc. / Watermelon. org||29/0||147||Running|
|16||21||09||John Wes Townley *||Toyota||Barberitos||28/0||147||Running|
|17||25||5||Paulie Harraka *||Ford||Dollar Racing||27/0||147||Running|
|18||30||275||Caleb Holman *||Chevrolet||Food Country USA||26/0||147||Running|
|19||7||27||Jeb Burton *||Chevrolet||State Water Heaters||25/0||146||Running|
|20||19||98||Dakoda Armstrong *||Toyota||EverFi.com||24/0||145||Running|
|21||27||170||Jeff Agnew||Chevrolet||Team 7 Motorsports||23/0||145||Running|
|22||23||99||Bryan Silas *||Ford||Rockingham Speedway||22/0||145||Running|
|23||29||84||Chris Fontaine||Chevrolet||Glenden Enterprises||21/0||144||Running|
|24||4||13||Johnny Sauter||Toyota||Hot Honeys / Curb Records||20/0||143||Running|
|25||35||57||Norm Benning||Chevrolet||Norm Benning Racing||19/0||142||Running|
|26||33||10||Jennifer Jo Cobb||Ram||Driven2Honor.org||18/0||137||Running|
|27||3||9||Ron Hornaday||Chevrolet||Anderson’s Maple Syrup||17/0||136||Accident|
|28||31||261||Wes Burton||Ford||Sam Pearce Racing / PHHUSA.org||16/0||108||Accident|
|29||22||39||Ryan Sieg||Chevrolet||RSS Racing||15/0||95||Accident|
|30||14||24||Max Gresham *||Chevrolet||Made in USA Brand||14/0||88||Accident|
|31||28||07||Chris Jones||Toyota||Wear Your Gear / http://www.Bobber .info||13/0||17||Overheating|
|32||32||93||Johnny Chapman||Chevrolet||RSS Racing||12/0||14||Ignition|