Todd Bodine Wins The WinStar World Casino 400 Gambling On Fuel

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Todd Bodine Wins The WinStar World Casino 400 Gambling On Fuel

Germain Racing's Todd Bodine makes a tire only stop on Lap 123, no fuel stop and stretches his fuel mileage to win the WinStar World Casino 400.

It was his second victory, fourth top-10 of 2009, his 17th career win in 123 Camping World Truck Series and fifth win at Texas.

He becomes the first driver to win five races at the same track and his 10th win on tracks 1.5 miles or bigger.

Johnny Sauter in the No. 13 Funsand/Rodney Atkins Chevrolet starts on the pole and Ron Hornaday in the No. 33 Longhorn Chevrolet starts in the outside pole position.

Matt Crafton in the No. 88 Australian Gold Chevrolet starts third and Brian Ickler in the No. 51 Miccosukee Resorts Toyota starts fourth.

Dennis Setzer in the No. 8 Malcolmson Construction Chevrolet rounds out the top five starters.

The pit window for the race was 58 to 65 laps. At the start of the race the trucks will run faster and they'll be slower towards the end of the runs.

Johnny Sauter takes the green flag, gets the jump on Hornaday which is rare and heading into turn one has a couple of truck lengths lead on Hornaday.

Hornaday had his hands full with racing Crafton side by side, coming out of turn four Horn would be second with Crafton behind him on his bumper third.

On Lap 4, Sauter would open up a lead of 0.438 seconds on Hornaday in second and close to a second on Crafton in third.

After eight laps, the top five was; Sauter leads, Hornaday second, Ickler third, Chad McCumbee in the No. 07 TIWI Chevrolet fourth and Todd Bodine in the No. 30 Copart.com Toyota fifth.

On Lap 10, Sauter leads, Hornaday has reeled him back in and is on bumper tries to go low for the pass, but Sauter blocks him.

Sauter and Hornaday by lap 12, had separated themselves by 2.5 seconds from Crafton in third and the rest of the field.

By Lap 18, Sauter had opened up a two truck length lead on Hornaday in second.

On the following lap, Bodine would pass Chad McCumbee for fourth place and Crafton was right behind them in sixth.

On Lap 20, Ickler was running third, he's done a great job driving the No. 51 so far.

On Lap 22, last weeks winner, Brian Scott in the No. 16 Albertson's Toyota would be running in 14th place and hasn't picked up any positions yet.

On Lap 24, the top five was; Sauter leads, Hornaday second, Ickler third, Bodine fourth and McCumbee fifth.

On Lap 26, Sauter still leads Hornaday by 0.573 seconds and has been stretching out his lead.

On Lap 29, Sauter has led every lap so far, holds a half second lead on Hornaday in second and over three seconds back is the rest of the field.

After 35 Laps, the top five was; Sauter leads, Hornaday second, Bodine third, Ickler fourth and Crafton fifth.

On Lap 38, Sauter leads Hornaday by half a second and Bodine by four seconds.

On Lap 40, Setzer has dropped back to 16th and the set up they tried today hasn't worked out with it being a long green run.

On Lap 42, the first caution comes out for Brian Scott losing a right front and just kisses the outside wall with his right-side.

Scott got lucky to feel something was wrong with the tire, slowed down and allowed him to keep it from being a worse wreck.

He came to pit road for tires, pull the fender free from the tire and went back out.

On the pit stops on Lap 43, everyone comes into make their first of two stops and will come back in a second time.

On Lap 45, after pit stops, the top five was; Hornaday leading, Bodine second, Crafton third, Mike Skinner in the No. 5 Exide Batteries Toyota was fourth and Johnny Benson in the No. 1 Red Horse Racing Toyota was fifth.

Sauter after pit stops, was ninth on the restart and his crew just had a bad stop.

On the Lap 47 restart, Hornaday would take the green pull away from Bodine in second and Crafton is right their in third.

On Lap 50, Hornaday still leads continues to pull away from Bodine in second. Ickler would pass Benson for fifth.

On Lap 51, Scott is a lap down in 23rd, fortunately to be only a lap down and will need the Aaron's Lucky Dog Award.

On Lap 54, Hornaday leads, Bodine is second by 0.448 seconds and Crafton in third by 0.682 seconds.

On Lap 56, Hornaday lead by 0.718 seconds over Bodine in second and Sauter has worked his way back to fifth.

On Lap 58, Hornaday leads, Sauter in fifth would pass Skinner on the low side for fourth and is running faster than the leader.

On Lap 59, Crafton passes Bodine for second place and Hornaday leads by over a second.

After 60 Laps, the top five was; Hornaday leads, Crafton second, Bodine third, Sauter fourth and Skinner fifth.

On Lap 66, Hornaday led by 0.446 seconds on Crafton in second and Ickler fighting a loose condition has dropped back to 14th place.

On Lap 69, Hornaday leads by 0.522 seconds on Crafton in second and the rest of the field is 2.5 seconds back now.

On Lap 72, Hornaday leads by o.718 seconds over Crafton in second. Sauter running in fourth starts too catch Bodine in third.

After 75 laps, the top five was; Hornaday leads, Crafton second, Bodine third, Sauter fourth and Skinner fifth.

On Lap 80, Hornaday has opened up a 0.932 seconds lead on Crafton in second.

On Lap 82, Hornaday still leading close to second, but catches a lot of lap down trucks  and it's allowing Crafton to reel him in.

On Lap 84, at the halfway point only Sauter and Hornday have led today, just one caution so far and it's been a fast race thus far.

On Lap 88, Hornaday stretches his lead over over Crafton in second by close to a second again and out of the lapped traffic.

After 89 Laps the top five was; Hornaday leads, Crafton second, Bodine third, Sauter forth and Benson fifth.

On Lap 92, Hornaday would lead Crafton in second by 1.5 seconds.

On Lap 98, Hornaday the leader would come to pit road making the first of two stops, gets fuel and thus starts green flag pit stops.

Ricky Carmichael In the No. 4 Monster Energy Drink Chevrolet would also pit with his teammate.

On Lap 99, Crafton would lead a lap, then come to pit road for his first stop of two and takes fuel then heads back out.

On Lap 101, Bodine leads, as green flag pit stops continue, Hornaday makes his second stop for tires and adjustments and Carmichael also would be back in for his second stop.

On Lap 102, Bodine still leads, Crafton comes back in for four tires, Buescher in the No. 10 International Maxx Force Diesel Ford, T.J. Bell in the No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota , and Benson all come to pit road for the first of two pit stops.

On Lap 103, Bodine would come to pit road for his first of two stops and takes fuel on his first stop.

Rick Crawford in the No. 14 Circle Bar/International Truck Engine Ford will become the new leader.

On Lap 104, Hornaday makes a pass through penalty, his pit crew lost a right side tire on pit road, will end up a lap down and will need to be the first truck a lap down to get the Aaron's Lucky Dog.

On Lap 105, Bodine comes back to pit road for tires and adjustments.

On Lap 107, just four trucks are on the lead lap; Crawford the leader, Tayler Malsam in the No. 81 One Eighty Toyota in second, Jason White in the No. 23 GunBroker.com Dodge is third and Stacy Compton in the No. 60 SafeAuto Toyota runs fourth and everyone else is a lap down or more.

Plus, everyone else has made a green flag pit stop, but these four trucks.

On Lap 109, Crawford leads, but the lapped trucks of Crafton and Bodine would pass him getting on the lead lap and make it six trucks on the lead lap.

After 111 Laps the top five was; Crawford leading, Malsam second, White third, Compton fourth and Crafton fifth.

On Lap 114, Crawford leads, but the lapped trucks of Sauter seventh and Benson eighth pass the leader and it now eight trucks on the lead lap.

On Lap 119, the top five was; Crawford leading, White second, Malsam third, Compton fourth and Crafton fifth.

On Lap 121, Crawford leads has made only one stop today. Colin Braun in the No. 6 Con-Way Freight Ford running in ninth a lap down, would pass the leader and makes it nine trucks on the lead lap.

On Lap 123, the second caution comes out for debris and David Starr in the No. 24 Zachry Toyota gets the Aaron's Lucky Dog Award.

On Lap 124, everyone comes to pit road for the first of two stops.

On Lap 125, both Bodine and Braun just took tires and stay out. The rest of the field would make a second stop.

On Lap 127, after the pit stops the top five was; Bodine leads, Braun second, Benson third, Crafton fourth and Crawford fifth.

On Lap 129 restart, Bodine would take the green, pull away from Braun and had the lapped truck of Hornaday all over his bumper trying to get his lap back.

Benson in third, would pass Braun for second on the high side.

On Lap 130, Crafton in fourth, tries to pass Braun for third, but can't make the pass stick and has Crawford in fifth on his bumper.

On Lap 132, after a couple of laps battling over the position, Crafton would finally pass Braun for third.

On Lap 134, Bodine would lead Benson by one second, and also has the lapped truck of Hornaday between them.

After 136 Laps the top five was; Bodine leads, benson second, Crafton third, Braun fourth and Crawford fifth.

On Lap 139, Crafton in third would pass Benson for second and is 2.5 seconds behind to leader.

After 142 Laps the top five was; Bodine leads, Crafton second, Braun third, Crawford fourth and Benson fifth.

On Lap 144, Bodine leads by 2.6 seconds on Crafton in second.

On Lap 146, Crafton run a great race tonight, his pit crew did a great job on pit road and Speed lets use know if the race ends like this he's the new points leader.

On Lap 148, both Bodine and Braun will cut it close on fuel and will probably be in trouble with a green/white/checkers.

On Lap 150, Bodine still leads, but Crafton has cut into the lead as it's 2.430 seconds now.

Bodine would continue leading, Crafton would still slowly reel him in the lead is now 2.1 seconds.

On Lap 155, Crawford in fourth, starts to get pressure from Benson in fifth.

On Lap 157, Terry Cook in the No. 25 Cajun Industries Toyota would get into the wall, but makes it to pit road and no caution. Benson would pass Crawford for forth.

On Lap 158, Bodine still leads Crafton in second has cut the lead down to under two seconds and the lapped truck of Hornaday is between the two. 

On Lap 159, Hornaday would slow come to pit road, unscheduled they'd look under the hood and replace the oil belt that was breaking.

On Lap 160, Bodine still leads, Crafton  continues to catch the leader and his spotter tries to rally him.

On Lap 162, Bodine still leads, but Crafton in second has cut the lead to 1.7 seconds.

On Lap 163, Hornaday comes back off of pit road into the race, he's four laps down and was fortunate to get to pit road before he lost the oil belt. It could have hurt him worse in the points and end his race.

On Lap 164, Bodine still leads, but Crafton continues too catch him, but unless Bodine's truck runs out of fuel he won't have enough laps left too catch him.

On Lap 165, Bodine still leads, he's set a blistering pace, but Crafton is 1.5 seconds back.

On Lap 166, Bodine takes the white flag and just needs to make it back around.

Bodine takes the checkers, wins by 1.321 seconds, his fifth win at Texas, and becomes the first driver in the series with five wins on any track.

Bodine would get the checkers, do the victory burnout and head to victory lane.

A very happy crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. was in tears, on pit road when interviewed. Since he just won his first race without his dad at the track. Hillman Sr. was up in Nashville for the Nationwide race.

Matt Crafton would finish second, led a lap, ran a great race all night and takes over the points lead and leads Hornaday by 30 points.

Braun would finish third, tires only stop worked for him and it's great finish after two straight DNF's .

Johnny Benson was fourth, he ran a really good race, nice to see him get a top five and will give him momentum heading into his home track.

Rick Crawford would finish fifth, he ran eighty laps on one stop of tires, had a really good truck and led the race for 17 laps.

Positions six to 10th were; Johnny Sauter, David Starr, Jason White, Tayler Malsam and Mike Skinner.

Ron Hornaday finished 19th, he lead 55 laps tonight, gave the race away losing the tire on pit road and got a lucky break catching that oil belt going bad.

It was a really exciting race, definitely different than what we normally see in the trucks. Can't believe at Texas, they ran the entire with two cautions, no wrecks and had only six lead changes amongst five drivers.

Here's a few race quotes from Bodine the winner;

"It's incredible," Bodine said. "This truck right into that last run we were just too loose the whole race and crew chief Hillman Jr. made some great calls at the end and fixed it up to make it run. This is an awesome night."

"It's incredible to win five races at one track," said Bodine.

"It's hard to win anything, and win five at one (track), I've got to give credit to the team."

"I wasn't concerned," Bodine said, though he admitted he was glad no extra laps were needed for a green-white-checker finish."

"This truck right into that last run, we were just too loose the whole race," Bodine said. "Hillman Jr. made some great calls at the end and fixed it up to make it run. This is an awesome night."

 

 

Sources for quotes: racingone.com, speedtv.com, and sports.yahoo.com

Photo Credit: sports.yahoo.com

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