The Pit Stop

June 23, 2007 12:22 AM

Johnny Benson Wins Again at Milwaukee

Johnny Benson was able to hold off the Master of the Restarts, Ron Hornaday to bring in his first victory of the season and second straight at the Milwaukee Mile.

Benson, who started in the fourth position, took the lead from point leader, Mike Skinner on lap 104. He was cruising to an easy win when Jack Sprague spun in turn 2 with eight laps to go and the caution flew. This put Hornaday, the best restart man in the business, on Benson's back bumper.

"Any time Ron Hornaday's behind you on a restart, you'd better be worried," Benson said.

But Benson got a great restart himself. Hornaday wouldn't challenge.

Benson had such a sweet handling race truck that his team did not have to make any adjustments all race long.

"We were just good enough that he really couldn't do anything about it," he said.

Naturally, Hornaday disagreed.

"Last year, Johnny Benson drove by me," he said. "This year, I almost caught him."

Hornaday would settle for second in his number 33 Camping World Chevrolet. He didn't win the race but he was still able to knock a few points off of Skinner's point lead. Skinner came in to Milwaukee with a 113 point lead. He left with a 108 point lead.

Todd Bodine said he frowned at the truck schedule a couple of months ago when he read Milwaukee would be included. He didn't like the idea of having the trucks practice during the afternoon, qualifying in the evening and racing at night because it would be difficult to make the right adjustments. However, Bodine was still able to come home with a top three finish.

According to Bodine, who sits in third place in points, he is just biding his time.

"They're [Skinner] going to have their problems, and we've got to be able to take advantage of it when it happens," he said.

Skinner dominated the first half of the race but the handling on his number 5 Tundra went away late in the race, forcing him to settle for fourth.

Rick Crawford was able to finish fifth at a track that is notoriously known to be tough on Fords.

Tempers flared on lap 74. Ted Musgrave and Kelly Bires collided in turn 2 then Musgrave intentionally rammed the side of his heavily damaged truck into the driver's side of Bires'. Musgrave was black flagged by NASCAR and parked for the rest of the race.

Afterwards, Musgrave downplayed the incident, saying that he could hardly steer his number 9 Toyota. But he did criticize Bires, who was a lap down at the time, for not getting out of the way of lead lap trucks.

After Milwaukee, there is no change in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series standings. Skinner still leads Hornaday, Bodine, Travis Kvapil and Crawford.

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