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2007 Bodine holds off Skinner for win at TMS Race Review

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Bodine holds off Skinner for win at TMS

Fort Worth, TX (Sports Network) - Todd Bodine won Friday night's Sam's Town 400 Craftsman Truck Series event at the Texas Motor Speedway. The No.30 Germain Toyota driver crossed the finish line three lengths ahead of Mike Skinner.

The victory was Bodine's first of the season and 11th of his truck career.

Bodine brought the 35-truck field to the green flag for 167 laps of racing on the high-speed TMS track.

The first casualty of the race was last week's winner Ron Hornaday Jr. who suffered a right-front tire failure on lap 13 and quickly went down a lap to the leaders. Then on lap 17 Erik Darnell, another 2007 race winner, saw his engine explode to end his evening completely.

Up front, Skinner and Bodine were exchanging the race lead back and forth.

On the next early caution, Travis Kvapil inherited the lead when both Skinner and Bodine pitted for fuel. Hornaday Jr. also stayed out and got back onto the lead lap.

Bodine suddenly slowed on lap 38 and dropped from third to 16th in one lap. But he stayed on the track and continued to race. He radioed that it was a "fuel problem" - whenever he took his foot off the pedal it stumbled.

Hornaday Jr. was running well and flew past everyone for the lead. The No.33 Chevy was still controlling the race when Johnny Benson's Toyota blew up on lap 61 while in second place. Hornaday Jr.'s lead was now more than four seconds over Skinner.

His lead was more than six seconds, but he was nearing the end of his fuel run and if a caution flag didn't come out soon he would have to give up the top spot.

Hornaday Jr. got his "miracle" when Clay Rogers and Joe Ruttman got together on lap 67. The accident also collected Jack Sprague and Aaron Fike. Now Hornaday Jr. was back in sync with everyone else and he still owned the lead.

On lap 95 Hornaday Jr. was building his lead again while Skinner was trying to fight off Kvapil. But Skinner was suddenly "out of sorts" and first Kvapil and then Rick Crawford got around him. Skinner settled into fourth place.

Hornaday clinched the "most laps led" bonus with still more than 50 laps to go. His lead was almost three seconds.

Crawford passed Kvapil for second. Did he have anything for Hornaday Jr.?

Hornaday Jr. pulled away from Crawford too.

Hornaday Jr.'s torrid pace left just five trucks on the lead lap. It seemed the only chance to beat Hornaday Jr. might be on pit road.

Hornaday Jr. pitted on lap 148, but he was coasting in...out of fuel. He made it to his pit box, they refueled him and restarted the engine, but the damage was done.

Bodine inherited the lead, but he too had to stop. Hornaday Jr. was in fourth place behind Kvapil and Crawford.

Another caution flag with 12 laps to go set up a great shootout to the checkered flag.

Bodine pitted with 10 laps to go and Crawford and Hornaday Jr. also pitted for new tires. Kvapil stayed out but he was a sitting duck with just five cars on the lead lap and everyone behind him with new rubber.

On the restart with five laps to go the five lead cars were nose to tail. Bodine went first to the outside and then to the inside of Kvapil, they made contact and Kvapil was sent spinning into the onside wall.

"I had a run...I was going to give him the bottom," said Bodine. "All he had to do is stay done there. I went outside and he came up to block so I went to the bottom. He came to block, again, you can't do that."

The caution flag flew once more and then there were four - Bodine, Crawford, Skinner and Hornaday Jr.

It would be a green-white-checker finish.

Bodine got a good start while Skinner and Hornaday Jr. got around Crawford. But Bodine had just enough lead to hold Skinner off and take the checkered flag.

"The model of this team is we never give up," added Bodine.

Crawford, Hornaday Jr. and David Starr completed the top-five.

The next race in the series is set for Friday, June 22nd at the Milwaukee Mile.

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