NCWTS: Todd Bodine gets back to victory lane at Dover

June 1, 2012 No Comments

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Todd Bodine hasn’t won a race since 2010 when he was the series champion. After a year of doubt and uncertainty which involved bouncing between teams throughout the season, Bodine found a home for 2012 with Red Horse Racing on a race-by-race basis.

Without a full-time sponsor on the truck, the team wasn’t even sure how long they could afford to keep the two-time series champion behind the wheel of their truck.

Earlier in the week, Red Horse Racing announced they were shutting down the operations of 2012 Daytona 250 winner, John King—who Bodine pushed to victory—after sponsorship fell through on his truck.

That left Bodine and Timothy Peters as Red Horse Racing’s efforts heading into Friday’s race at Dover International Speedway.

The race started anything but ideal for the two-time champion. A flat tire while racing in the top-ten forced Bodine to have to work his way from the back of the back.

A rain shower on lap 111 of the 200 lap event forced the drivers and teams into a 15 minute red flag. While most expected the rain to stay, the shower passed quickly and the track was dried for racing.

After the leaders came onto pit road when the race went back yellow, Bodine found himself restarting towards the front of the pack and back in contention for the race win.

Bodine grabbed the lead right from the drop of the green flag on the restart, then ensued to hold off a challenge from the damaged truck of Parker Kligerman before the final caution of the day came out.

After a short time of sitting on pit road, the race was called and Bodine was declared the race winner.

“Finally,” said Bodine after he found out he was the race winner. “We ran so well with the Germain truck and never got there. We didn;t have the best truck today, but we got there.

“You don’t like to win them this way, but I’ve lost them this way. This may be the best race team I’ve ever been a part of”

The win is the 22nd of Bodine’s career and his first since Phoenix in the Fall of 2010 when he locked up his second series championship.

Before the initial red flag was dropped, the race looked much different than what the final results show.

Kevin Harvick, who started on the pole, dominated the early portion of the race, leading 95 of the first 120 laps. But once the race resumed, his No.2 truck wasn’t as dominant and struggled to work his way through the traffic to get back to the lead.

Justin Lofton, who was the only driver other than Harvick to lead before the first red flag, also had difficulties making his way back through the traffic after following Harvick to pit road.

Lofton would battle from outside the top-15 when the race went back green to finish in the tenth position when the race was finally called.

Results of the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway 

  1. Todd Bodine
  2. Parker Kligerman
  3. Kevin Harvick
  4. Nelson Piquet Jr.
  5. Cale Gale
  6. Ty Dillon
  7. James Buescher
  8. Matt Crafton
  9. Timothy Peters
  10. Justin Lofton
  11. Joey Coulter
  12. Miguel Paludo
  13. Brian Scott
  14. David Starr
  15. Ross Chastain
  16. John Wes Townley
  17. Paulie Harraka
  18. Caleb Holman
  19. Jeb Burton
  20. Dakoda Armstrong
  21. Jeff Agnew
  22. Bryan Silas
  23. Chris Fontaine
  24. Johnny Sauter
  25. Norm Benning
  26. Jennifer Jo Cobb
  27. Ron Hornaday Jr.
  28. Wes Burton
  29. Ryan Sieg
  30. Max Gresham
  31. Chris Jones
  32. Johnny Chapman
  33. Jason White
  34. Mike Harmon
  35. Dennis Setzer
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