By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on RubbingsRacing.com)
Todd Bodine, showed why he is named ‘the onion’ Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway, as he utterly stunk up the show. Bodine led 97 of the 169 laps during the WinStar World Casino 400K en route to victory. This win marks Bodine’s sixth victory at Texas, and the 17th of his Camping World Truck Series career.
It appeared that Bodine would have to fight Ron Hornaday for the win, but Hornaday slipped in turn three with two laps to go. This sent Hornaday back to a ninth place finish.
Bodine was able to hold off Johnny Sauter at the end for the win. Sauter was very pleased with his run.
“I’m ecstatic with our run today.” Sauter said. “I had an opportunity when Todd and Ron were beating and banging… All in all great points night.”
This victory snaps a losing streak for Todd Bodine that stretched back to this race last year.
Austin Dillon who sat on the pole came home with his career-best finish in third. All night the rookie drove like a veteran, as he didn’t force too many things and it paid off with a great finish. Dillon broke down how his night went.
“Our truck was good in the beginning, but we kind of lost it in the middle. In the end it was back where it started.” Dillon said.
The rookie just keeps getting better with each passing race, and with this finish Austin Dillon has climbed back up to 11th in the standings.
Mike Skinner came home fourth… just fourth thousandths of a second behind Dillon, and Ken Schrader was able to parlay a late lucky dog into a fifth-place finish. The surprise of the race was Narain Karthikeyan who came home with his career best finish of 11th. Jennifer Jo Cobb also came home with her best career finish with a 14th-place effort.
Todd Bodine with his win extends his points lead to 65 points over Aric Almirola. Bodine had a simple explanation for his dominating performance Friday night.
“Once we got out front we were really good.” Bodine said.
Several drivers suffered horrible nights due to bad luck, among those were championship contender Matt Crafton. Crafton was slammed into the wall, when David Starr lost a tire below him late in the race. Crafton was able to soldier to an 18th-place finish, but it’s a disappointing finish for him.