Historic Win For Martin

The Craftsman Truck Series certainly agrees with Mark Martin

The veteran picked up his fourth win of the season in only eight starts with a dominating victory Wednesday night in the O'Reilly 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway

Martin's win made him the first driver to win a NEXTEL Cup, Busch and truck series race at Bristol.

"I'm just really lucky to be able to drive this thing," Martin said. "It was awesome in practice and stayed that way all day."

Martin used some pit strategy to help him score the historic win.

After starting from the pole and leading the first 30 laps of the race, Martin pitted for tires, a move that dropped him back to 14th.

But as the rest of the field started to cycle through its pit stops, Martin's Roush Racing Ford worked its way back to the front once again and stayed there.

Series point leader Todd Bodine tried to challenge Martin for the win in the late going after the race's final caution flag, but was never able to mount a charge.

Bodine, Ted Musgrave, Johnny Benson and David Starr rounded out the Top 5.

"We had the second-best truck, and that's where we finished," Bodine said. "We should have won last week and we finished second this week. That's what we had to do for points."

Kyle Busch, Mike Skinner, Mike Bliss, Bobby Hamilton, Jr., and David Reutimann completed the first ten finishers.

The Craftsman Truck Series returns to action on Saturday, September 16 at New Hampshire International Speedway.


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