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NCWTS – Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers Recap

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By: Holly Blake

Todd Bodine wins the Built Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers at the Kentucky Speedway. I guess you could call it a spin and delayed win. On Lap 83, Bodine was challenging Kyle Busch for the lead when Bodine’s No. 30 got loose and spun in front of the field. Remarkably, Bodine didn’t hit anything and the field was able to avoid him. When the race restarted on Lap 87, Bodine was 25th.

When Austin Dillon pitted on Lap 137, Bodine inherited the lead and didn’t look back. Nobody could get close to him to challenge. This was Bodine’s fourth victory in 2010.

Practice for the event was held on Thursday with temperatures nearing 100 degrees and teams were setting up for qualifications for the race. By 4:00pm – qualification time at Kentucky Speedway, the ambient temps were closer to 75 degrees with a fairly strong breeze. Austin Dillon and the #3 Bass Pro Shops Team had their truck set up to take the pole. This was Dillon’s fourth pole of the season, with a lap of 175.177 mph. Aric Almirola started on the outside of Row 2. Mike Skinner and Kyle Busch started in the 2nd row. Of note, points leader Todd Bodine started from the 14th position and Ron Hornaday Jr. from the 8th. Steve Park started his Van Dyk Baler Corp/Bollegraaf Toyota from the 18th position. Jennifer Jo Cobb, the only female in the race, started her night from the 30th position.

By race time on Friday evening the temperature was 74. I had the awesome opportunity to be in the second pace car at the start of the race. What a great view and adrenaline rush. Johnny Sauter jumped out in front of Austin Dillon for the lead. The first caution came out around lap 22 for a spin by Jeffrey Earnhardt in turn 3. Light damage to the rear of this truck . Restart was Ron Hornaday Jr. In the lead followed by Todd Bodine, Austin Dillon, Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter, Mike Skinner, Kyle Busch, Justin Lofton, and Donny Lia.

Todd Bodine passed Hornaday like he was sitting still on lap 43. The caution was out for James Buescher who brushed the wall after reporting to his crew that he might have a tire going down. Lap 50 Stacy Compton lead the field back to the green but Hornaday reclaimed it before they finished the lap. Busch and Bodine remained first and second until the caution for debris waved at lap 75. Pit stop strategies were all over the place. Some teams chose fuel only or fuel only and chassis adjustments. A few teams changed 2 tires and one or two changed 4.

The green flag lap on lap 82 did not last long as the leaders were 4 wide and Bodine went spinning to the grass losing one of the top rear bed panels from his Germain.com Toyota. The crew taped up the area and sent him on his way.
The green flag was back out on lap 95 with Busch, Hornaday, Skinner, Dillon, and Crafton the top five and racing hard. Things settled in and the top 5 were Busch, Dillon, Hornaday, Lofton, and Crafton at lap 120. Hornaday and Busch both pitted under green around lap 130, Hornaday for four tires and Busch for two. Hornaday slowed significantly a few laps later. He had reported a vibration and the crew told him he would have to ride it out. Todd Bodine gambled and did not come back in and went on to win the race.

Post race comments from second place Johnny Sauter were: “We were good until Aric tried to wreck us”¯. Sauter said they were pretty solid but played catch up for a lot of the night. Took a 4th or 5th place truck and finished 2nd.

Aric Almirola finished 3rd said they had a disappointing night. He said the truck was just off and they raced hard for every spot. He also said it was fun racing with Johnny (Sauter) at points and not fun at other points.

Todd Bodine said in his post race interview that the spin helped them win. He felt that the extra time they had to take earlier allowed them to have the fuel advantage they needed. The team took their time fixing the area where the panel came out. Bodine said they had a great truck because they made serious changes to it before the race and then didn’t have to touch it (for adjustments) during the race.

When asked what Kyle Busch said to him in victory lane he summed it up by saying that there are drivers who say things to each other and don’t care to hear what each other said. He went on to say he has had respect for Kyle but its fading fast.

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