Todd Bodine won his third Craftsman Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway after completing a last lap pass over second place finisher Mike Skinner. With five laps to go, Bodine moved into second place, passing Rick Crawford just as the the ...
Todd Bodine won his third Craftsman Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway after completing a last lap pass over second place finisher Mike Skinner. With five laps to go, Bodine moved into second place, passing Rick Crawford just as the the yellow was shown, erasing Skinner's 4.5 second lead.
"With seven laps to go, I was just cruising around, thinking I'm going to win this thing when some moron brings out a yellow," Skinner said.
Bodine, who went a lap down early in the race, garnered the 'lucky dog' award during a lap 101 caution before fighting his way through the field.
"I was driving for all it was worth when I went a lap down," said Bodine. "My truck was really loose. Fortunately when I went a lap down the caution came out and I got the lucky dog. Sometimes you're good and sometimes you're lucky. Tonight we were a little of both.
"I've had last lap passes before, but to come back from being a lap down, I've never done that."
Starting behind Skinner in the two lap shootout to the checkered, Bodine moved to the outside, taking the lead through Turns one and two on the last lap. Coming off Turn 4, Skinner made a final bid to regain the lead, but Bodine slammed the door, nearly forcing Skinner onto the grass.
"That was all we had," said Skinner. "He just had a little more grip with those fresher tires. We were flat out."
Rick Crawford held off late race challenges from Jack Sprague and David Reutimann to finish third. With less than 40 laps to go, Crawford, Jack Sprague and David Reutimann were battling for second before Reutimann faded. The battle between Crawford and Sprague continued until Sprague bobbled coming off Turn two, forcing him to drive defensively to protect third place.
Bodine caught Reutimann on lap 159 and Crawford on lap 161, passing both with ease.
Reutimann finished fourth after Jack Sprague crashed to bring out the final yellow.
"I would have never have bet that we could come back and win it," Bodine said. "When the caution came out at the end I knew we had a shot at Skinner."
The margin of victory was the closest ever for the Craftsman Truck Series at Texas Motor Speedway, with Bodine crossing the line 0.116 seconds ahead of Skinner.