Monster Mash For Martin

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DOVER, Del. - The "Monster Mile" was no match for Mark Martin on Friday.

Martin outran his Roush Racing teammate Carl Edwards to the checkered flag to score his third NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series win of the season in Friday's AAA Insurance 200 at Dover International Speedway.

After winning the season-opening race at Daytona and the next week at California Speedway, Martin hadn't visited victory lane in more than three months.

"I can't say enough about this team," said Martin, who will become a full-time truck series competitor in 2007. "This truck was awesome and really just a pleasure to drive."

"We set the truck up to race," Martin said, after starting from the 13th position. "Once we got into race conditions, it was really good and handled perfectly."

Todd Bodine rallied in the late going to take third place with Mike Bliss and polesitter David Reutimann rounding out the Top 5.

Johnny Benson, Ron Hornaday, Rick Crawford, Jack Sprague and Kyle Busch completed the first ten finishers.

Busch had to rally back from a disappointing development earlier in the race when he was black flagged for a loose hoodpin while leading.

With Busch forced to pit for the infraction on lap 137, Martin took over the lead and never looked back on his way to victory lane.

The start of the race was delayed by rain for nearly ninety minutes, but there were no additional weather problems once the green flag flew.

Bodine leads the championship standings now by 76 points over teammate Ted Musgrave with Reutimann, Benson and David Starr rounding out the Top 5.

The Craftsman Truck Series now heads to Texas Motor Speedway next Friday night, June 9 for the Sam's Town 400.

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