Bodine Wins The Built Ford Tough 225


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The Bluegrass of Kentucky has a long history with horsepower.  The most famous venue for horse power is Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby.  However, Friday evening the venue was The Kentucky Speedway and The Camping World Series Built Ford Tough 225 truck race.

Friday evening “the call to the post” was not a trumpeter, however, it was the exuberant, “Gentlemen Start Your Engines”!

Would you rather be lucky or good?

When you are lucky and it is your year, the lucky breaks come your way much more often than the disappointments do.  That was the case Friday night when series point leader, Todd Bodine and the #30 Toyota Tundra, spun while running side-by-side for the race lead with Kyle Busch.

On lap 83 of 150, Bodine was challenging Kyle Busch for the lead when he got loose and spun in front of the entire field.  Luck would have it,however, that Bodine kept his truck off of the wall and was completely missed by the entire field as he went sliding into the infield grass.  When the race restarted on lap 87 Bodine was 27th.  The Gremain Racing Toyota made one more pit stop for some much needed adjustments that eventually allowed Bodine to charge back to the front and win the race.

Unfortunately, Kyle Busch’s quest for a fifth consecutive NASCAR national series victory and 80th career win ended when he had to pit for fuel on Lap 126. Busch finished seventh.

In the post-race interview with Todd Bodine, “The Onion” characterized his spin while running side-by-side with Kyle Busch was a results of Kyle Busch’s “dirty driving”.  Rerun after rerun showed that there was no such “dirty driving” on the part of Busch.  When ol Kylie got word of Bodine “calling Busch out”, Kyle made a sudden appearance up on the victory stage to let Bodine know that he didn’t like being “called out” on national TV!

As a side note, Busch was to fly back to Atlanta Friday night on the Germain Racing team, Todd Bodine’s race team’s plane!  WOMR wonders just what the conversation, if any, consisted of on the flight back to Atlanta?  Wouldn’t you love to have heard the conversation?

Here is the unofficial results of the Built Ford Tough 225.

It appears that Todd Bodine is enroute to his second Camping World Series championship.  What is your thoughts?


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