Season A Carbon Copy

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The 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series looks like a rerun of 2008.

In fact, you might call it a carbon copy.

Todd Bodine successfully defended his Daytona International Speedway victory and — most recently — Kyle Busch won the Feb. 21 San Bernardino County 200 for the second consecutive season.

After an off-week in the schedule, both drivers head for Atlanta Motor Speedway’s March 7 American Commercial Lines 200 occupying the same positions they held 12 months ago.

Busch, counting five more bonus points than 2006 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Bodine, heads the points standings 370 to 365. Each has a second-place finish.

Busch is the defending winner of the American Commercial Lines 200, a victory that allowed him to retain the standings advantage through the first four races of 2008. The 23-year-old Las Vegas driver, who became the first to capture a pair of NASCAR national series races on the same day at Auto Club Speedway, has won three times at the Hampton, Ga., track.

Bodine, however, isn’t to be outdone, having won the 2006 edition of the race.

As for Busch, the turning of the calendar hasn’t cooled his NASCAR Camping World Truck magic. His Auto Club Speedway finish was the driver’s 10th straight among the top 10 — a streak that includes a pair of victories.

Busch’s efforts last season boosted team owner Billy Ballew into the No. 3 spot in final series owner points. Ballew, who now counts wins in six straight seasons, figures to be a serious title contender again.

“Billy Ballew is a great part of this deal,” said Busch following his victory. “He makes it happen for us. For Billy to keep carrying this deal like he has and keep giving us the opportunity to have fun; that means a lot.”

Race Center

SFP 250

@ Kansas Speedway
Friday, May 09, 2014
Radio Start:
MRN, 7 p.m. (ET)
TV Start:
FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. (ET)

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