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Burton has tough race at Dover

Jeb Burton turned in a top-10 qualifying effort, but endured a tough day in Friday’s rain-shortened Lucas Oil 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Dover, Del.

Burton qualified seventh, his best-ever qualifying effort in the Truck Series, but a crash just before the race hit the 30-lap mark left Burton scuffling for track position the rest of the day enroute to a 19th-place finish, one lap down to race winner Todd Bodine.

Despite spinning early in Friday’s rain-shortened Lucas Oil 200, Bodine remained on the lead leap, and with a contrarian pit strategy, he worked his way into the lead. When rain forced NASCAR to call the race after 147 laps, Bodine was the winner, breaking a drought of 37 races dating to 2010.

The two-time series champion won for the 22nd time in his career after fending off an assault from Parker Kligerman, the race runner-up. Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick, who dominated the first half of the race, was third when NASCAR called the event after a second stoppage for rain.

Nelson Piquet Jr. finished fourth and Cale Gale fifth.

Bodine came to the pits on Lap 98 and remained on the track when Harvick, Tim Peters, James Buescher and series leader Justin Lofton surrendered top-five positions by pitting for fuel before the resumption of the race after the first rain delay on Lap 124.

Harvick’s truck, lightning fast in clean air, tightened up in traffic, and Bodine was able to hold the top spot until a second rain shower necessitated the ninth caution on Lap 143. Four laps later, with no chance to dry the track before nightfall, the race was over.

Bodine credited Red Horse Racing crew chief Rick Gay with the race-winning call.

“We didn’t have the best (truck) today, but Rick made a great call,” Bodine said. “I didn’t realize what he was trying to accomplish, or how close we were on fuel, but it worked out. You don’t like to win ‘em this way, but you know what? I’ve lost ‘em this way, so I’m going to take this one, and we’re going to go to the house.

“Kevin had the best truck, but racing isn’t always about having the best truck. It’s about strategy and putting yourself in the right position, and Rick Gay did that for this team.”

 

Race results

(Pos., Start Pos., Driver, Truck, Laps, Money)
1. (13) Todd Bodine, Toyota, 147, $41,000.
 2. (11) Parker Kligerman, RAM, 147, $28,190.
 3.  (1) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 147, $23,835.
 4. (18) Nelson Piquet Jr., Chevrolet, 147, $20,825.
 5.  (5) Cale Gale, Chevrolet, 147, $18,850.
 6.  (6) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 147, $15,825.
 7. (15) James Buescher, Chevrolet, 147, $15,325.
 8. (10) Matt Crafton, Toyota, 147, $14,825.
 9.  (8) Timothy Peters, Toyota, 147, $14,425.
10. (16) Justin Lofton, Chevrolet, 147, $15,475.
11.  (2) Joey Coulter, Chevrolet, 147, $13,975.
12.  (9) Miguel Paludo, Chevrolet, 147, $13,700.
13. (17) Brian Scott, Toyota, 147, $11,350.
14. (24) David Starr, Toyota, 147, $13,500.
15. (12) Ross Chastain, Toyota, 147, $14,475.
16. (21) John Wes Townley, Toyota, 147, $13,300.
17. (25) Paulie Harraka, Ford, 147, $13,200.
18. (30) Caleb Holman, Chevrolet, 147, $10,850.
19.  (7) Jeb Burton, Chevrolet, 146, $13,000.
20. (19) Dakoda Armstrong, Toyota, 145, $13,525.
21. (27) Jeff Agnew, Chevrolet, 145, $10,550.
22. (23) Bryan Silas, Ford, 145, $12,700.
23. (29) Chris Fontaine, Chevrolet, 144, $10,350.
24.  (4) Johnny Sauter, Toyota, 143, $12,250.
25. (35) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, 142, $10,300.
26. (33) Jennifer Jo Cobb, RAM, 137, $10,050.
27.  (3) Ron Hornaday Jr., Chevrolet, Accident, 136, $10,950.
28. (31) Wes Burton, Ford, Accident, 108, $9,850.
29. (22) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, Accident, 95, $9,725.
30. (14) Max Gresham, Chevrolet, Accident, 88, $9,625.
31. (28) Chris Jones, Toyota, Overheating, 17, $10,025.
32. (32) Johnny Chapman, Chevrolet, Ignition, 14, $9,425.
33. (20) Jason White, Ford, Engine, 11, $9,400.
34. (34) Mike Harmon, Chevrolet, Ignition, 3, $9,325.
35. (26) Dennis Setzer, Chevrolet, Vibration, 2, $9,300.

RACE STATISTICS

   Average Speed of Race Winner: 81.667 mph.
   Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 48 Mins, 0 Secs.
   Margin of Victory: Under Caution.
   Caution Flags: 9 for 46 laps.
   Lead Changes: 7 among 6 drivers.
   Lap Leaders: K. Harvick 1-29; D. Starr 30-32; J. Lofton 33-54; K. Harvick 55-121; M. Paludo 122-126; T. Bodine 127-139; P. Kligerman 140; T. Bodine 141-147.
   Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): K. Harvick 2 times for 96 laps; J. Lofton 1 time for 22 laps; T. Bodine 2 times for 20 laps; M. Paludo 1 time for 5 laps; D. Starr 1 time for 3 laps; P. Kligerman 1 time for 1 lap.
   Top 10 in Points: J. Lofton - 235; T. Peters - 234; T. Dillon - 222; J. Buescher - 219; P. Kligerman - 213; T. Bodine - 198; N. Piquet Jr. - 195; R. Hornaday Jr. - 186; M. Crafton - 180; J. Coulter - 178.