NASCAR » 12 November 2005
Press Snoop: We've come a long way baby.
TODD BODINE won the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Chevy Silverado 150 Race with a Margin of Victory of 1.963 seconds ahead of runner-up RON HORNADAY a double Truck Champion.
The race was a nailbiter after the Red Flag Restart, with several fierce battles going on in Bodine's rear-view mirrors. Hornaday earned the Mobil 1 Oil Command Performance Driver of the Race.
Bodine said, "Our Tundra was just incredible. The guys did a great job in the pits getting us out first. It was fun tonight."
Hornaday said, "I wanted this one, but it was fun competing for the win again. This truck racing is so much fun." Musgrave said that is why the Cup drivers are migrating to the Trucks, because it is more fun, better racing, has a better schedule and you're home on the weekends."
Musgrave admitted he could not hold off Setzer, saying Setzer had a better truck. "He tested out here and I didn't. I blocked him as much as I could." In discussing his chances of winning the 2005 Truck Championship, Musgrave calculates the only way Setzer can win is if he wins Homestead and Musgrave finishes tenth or lower.
Bodine is on a roll, finishing back-to-back two races in a row, and winning three of his last five races. This is his fourth victory this season, which ties him with DENNIS SETZER for the most wins this season. This year there have been 14 different winners, a tie for the most in the Truck Series.
JOHNNY BENSON led the most laps, and finished third after holding off a charging RICK CRAWFORD. They fought their way clean but hard around the track, swapping the lead more than once per lap. Crawford finished fourth.
Setzer won a hard-fought fifth, besting TED MUSGRAVE, who was relegated to seventh. Musgrave remains points leader, but Setzer closed the gap to 58 points, and the championship will go down to the finish at Homestead next weekend. This is the tenth time in the 11-year history of the Truck Series that the championship has gone down to the wire.
DAVID REUTIMANN gained the most positions - 20 - to finish seventh overall.
There were five lead changes among four drivers, and six caution flags in addition to the Red Flag, for a total of 28 laps. Twenty-nine of the 36 starters finished the race, with eighteen on the lead lap. The race ran 1 hour, 33 minutes, 15 seconds. The average speed was 86.515 mph.
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