Bodine Wins Rain Shortened Truck Race at Dover

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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

                 

FIN

ST

CAR

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

PTS/BNS

LAPS

STATUS

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
3 1 2 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Tide 0 147 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
7 15 31 James Buescher Chevrolet Koike 37/0 147 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
10 16 6 Justin Lofton Chevrolet CollegeComple
te.com
35/1 147 Running
11 2 22 Joey Coulter Chevrolet RCR / darrellgwynnf-
oundation.org
33/0 147 Running
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
33 20 23 Jason White Ford GunBroker.com 11/0 11 Engine

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