The Pit Stop

June 8, 2007 11:26 PM

Todd Bodine Bumps, Runs and Wins at Texas

Todd Bodine started from the pole. He was back and forth through the field all race long but he was back up front when it mattered. He scored his fourth career win at the Texas Motor Speedway on a hot night in the Lonestar State.

The weather wasn't the only thing that was hot. Travis Kvapil must have been boiling after Bodine spun him out with 3 laps to go. Kvapil had stayed out when the caution flew for the fifth time at lap 153. T.J. Bell and Brendan Gaughn made contact off of turn 4. Bodine had the lead when the yellow came out but he was the only truck that had not made a green flag pit stop. He was planning on pitting the lap the caution was waved.

His spotter noticed the wreck on the front stretch and instructed Bodine to stay out. He along with Ron Hornaday, Mike Skinner, Rick Crawford and David Starr, the only other lead lap trucks, pitted, handing the lead over to Kvapil.

The race went back green at lap 156. Kvapil got a good restart but Bodine stayed right with him. Kvapil was able to hold off Bodine for a lap but as they came across the line, Bodine faked high and dove low going into turn 1. Kvapil tried to block both lines and Bodine didn't lift. Kvapil spun down towards the inside of the track as trucks raced by him. He did a great job keeping his truck down off of the racing surface but couldn't keep it from hitting the inside wall.

Kvapil brought his damaged truck to pit road as the rest of the leaders prepared for the green, white, checkered. The green flag flew again at lap 158. Bodine jumped out to a half a second lead as the rest of the leaders argued over 2nd. Skinner erased Bodine's lead on the final lap but could not make a pass. Bodine took the checkered flag, earning his first win of the season and fourth career win at Texas.

Travis Kvapil was able to limp across the line in 6th. After the race, he was clearly disappointed.

"That's just truck racing," he said. "I got a good run around Turn 4 and tried blocking him. He got into me but I thought I had it saved. I'm really happy to have a fast race truck but I'm disappointed to get wiped out at the end."

Bodine addressed the incident in victory lane.

"I hate what happened to Travis. I feel bad about that but you can only block in one direction; you can't block two. I had the momentum and got into the back of him. I hate to take the lead that way but here we are in victory lane. I was going to take the outside and let him have the inside but he blocked me. Travis is a good friend but our car is here in victory lane where it belongs."

Mike Skinner added another 5 points to his points lead with another top 5 finish. After nine races, he leads by 82 points over Ron Hornaday.

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