Bodine Turns Spin Into Win At Kentucky

Sparta, KY – Todd Bodine blamed Kyle Busch for a spin during Friday’s Camping World Truck Series Built Ford Tough 225 race at Kentucky Speedway, but he also thanked Busch for helping win his 4th series race of the season.

Bodine, who spun his Toyota on lap 82, pitted for fresh tires and fuel, and then won a mileage race with Busch, whose hopes for a late race caution evaporated. Busch then watched Bodine take the checkered flag- stretching a tank of gas for 58 laps- while Busch finished 7th, ending his recent NASCAR winning streak at four races.

Battling for the lead half way through the 150 lap race, Bodine got loose trying to take the lead from Busch. Bodine lost control in turn four and was forced to pit for tires and precious fuel on lap 92; a stop that seemed at the time to spell doom, but eventually gave him enough fuel to make it to the end.

“Our misfortune turned out to be a fortune. I’d like to thank Kyle Busch for driving dirty, sucking me down and getting me spun out. That (stop) gave me enough gas,” said the series points leader. “He doesn’t cut anybody a break. He drives that way in every division in every race.”

Busch, who took exception to Bodine’s post-race comments, confronted the winner in the pits, but no harm was done.

Pole winner Austin Dillon gave up the front spot to Johnny Sauter on the second lap, leading to Bodine, Ron Hornaday and a resurgent Kyle Busch swapping the mid-race lead. Busch, who had qualified fourth, was forced to start in the rear of the field after repairing his Dollar General Toyota due to replacing a front splitter damaged during his qualifying attempt.

Bodine was running second, babying the gas pedal on lap 137 when leader Dillon pitted for fuel, giving the final lead to Bodine. Busch had previously been forced to stop on lap 127 when no late-race caution materialized.

Bodine finished with fumes in his tank, followed by Sauter, Aric Almirola, Jason White and Ricky Carmichael. Busch came home seventh.

Bodine stretched his series points lead over Almirola to 261 points, but was still unhappy despite scoring his 21st career win. “He (Busch) doesn’t have to drive like that to win; but he does. NASCAR won’t do anything about it. He was mad because I called him out on it.”

Imagine how Bodine might have felt if he had lost!

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