Todd Bodine celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway on June 1, 2012 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images for NASCAR)
The wait is over for Todd Bodine. Bodine, who waited out two red flags for rain, captured his first win of the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, and his first since 2012 at Dover International Speedway on Friday afternoon. However, it was Kevin Harvick, who was making a guest appearance in the series, who had the dominant truck but couldn’t get back up to the front to battle for the win after the first red flag.
“I’ve lost them this way. Now I’ve won one this way,” Bodine said after the race. “I’ll take it.”
The race, which was scheduled for 200 laps, was called with 57 laps to go.
Bodine’s race started off rocky when he lost control of his No. 11 Red Horse Raicng Toyota and blew his left-rear tire in the process. Bodine was able to capitalize on pit strategy.
Finally,” Bodine said after his 38-race winless streak came to an end. “We didn’t have the best Toyota Tundra today. [Crew chief] Rick [Gay] made a great call. I didn’t realize what he was trying to accomplish and how close we were on fuel, but it worked out. You don’t like to win this way, but you know what, I’ve lost them this way.”
Bodine became the sixth different winner in as many truck races this season, and became the 12th different winner in 13 races at the track. Kyle Busch, who is the only driver with multiple victories, did not compete in Friday afternoon’s event.
Charlotte Motor Speedway winner, Justin Lofton, left Dover with a one-point lead over Timothy Peters in the NCWTS point standings. Lofton entered the race with the same points margin over Peters.
Ty Dillon is third in points (-13), followed by James Buescher (-16), Parker Kligerman (-22) and today’s winner, Todd Bodine (-37).
The next race for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is Friday, June 8, 2012 at Texas Motor Speedway. Coverage begins with the NCWTS Setup on SPEED at 8:30PM EST.
Unofficial Race Results:
- Todd Bodine
- Parker Kligerman
- Kevin Harvick
- Nelson Piquet Jr.
- Cale Gale
- Ty Dillon
- James Buescher
- Matt Crafton
- Timothy Peters
- Justin Lofton Read the rest of this entry »