A day after Ricky Craven edged out Kurt Busch in one of the closest finishes since NASCAR switched to electronic scoring in 1993, the Busch series boys decided to get in on sheet metal slinging. Jamie McMurray and Todd Bodine traded paint as they...
A day after Ricky Craven edged out Kurt Busch in one of the closest finishes since NASCAR switched to electronic scoring in 1993, the Busch series boys decided to get in on sheet metal slinging. Jamie McMurray and Todd Bodine traded paint as they fought for the lead, but McMurray's No. 1 Dodge cut a tire sending him careening across the frontstretch, while Bodine took the checkers to win the rain-delayed Darlington 200 race.
"I just held it wide open," Bodine said. "I knew I was pointed the right way down the race track. I was just hoping to get there (the finish line) before he did."
Bodine was strong early, leading 68-laps; but a pit decision by Stacy Compton's team put the #59 Chevy in contention for the win. Pit stops on lap 125, however, would change that picture. Bodine, McMurray and Riggs, all on fresh tires, managed to close in on Compton's 2.9-second lead in just two laps.
Bodine got around Compton, and McMurray followed and the duo beat and banged off each other coming down the straightaway. During that duel, McMurray heard his tire blow.
"I'm not upset with Todd," said McMurray. "It's not like he was trying to run me into the wall. He was out of control, just like I was."
Scott Riggs managed to stay out of the fracas and safely bring the No.10 Ford home third.
"When it comes down to the last lap, you have to get every bit out of your race car," said Riggs. "Nobody pointed fingers yesterday and nobody is going to today."
"It's easy to get mad about it, but when you're coming off Turn 4 off the last lap racing for the lead, as long as you bring the steering wheel home everything is fair."
Stacy Compton finished fourth and Johnny Sauter fifth.
Bodine leads the Busch Series standings, 37 points in front of McMurray. Jason Keller is third followed by Johnny Sauter and David Green.