Bowyer and Bodine Shine in Phoenix
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on November 12, 2010 | 10:10 P.M. EST
Bowyer won his second Truck Series race and Bodine clinched his second title. (Photo: Getty Images)
AVONDALE, Ariz. – Clint Bowyer won his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race of the season when he took the checkered flag in Friday night’s Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway while Todd Bodine clinched his second series championship.
Bowyer piloted the Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet Silverado to a commanding victory in his first series start of the season outracing Kyle Busch to the checkered flag.
“Kyle made me get back up on the wheel and fight for it,” Bowyer said. “Everybody at KHI did such a great job building this truck.
“I love this series, it’s some of the best racing we have right now.”
With his 12th-place finish Bodine wrapped up series title number two and joined Jack Sprague and Ron Hornaday as the only multiple truck series titlists in series history.
“To be able to accomplish this and give Germain Racing another championship is just amazing,” said Bodine. “This team, (crew chief Mike Hillman) Junior and everyone work so hard week in and week out to give me such a great truck, it’s just awesome that we’ve been able to take home this championship again this year.”
Bodine added another championship trophy to his mantle to go along with his 2006 crown. He has scored four victories so far this season and has been on top of the point standings for the last 18 weeks.
As the series heads to Homestead for the last race of the season, Bodine’s 202-point advantage over second place Aric Almirola is insurmountable.
“We found our consistency, found the momentum and we also had a lot of good luck this year,” Bodine said. “Those are things, along with good performance and hard work, you need to win a championship.
“The old adage is you make your own luck, and this team has done a great job doing that.”
Busch’s second-place finish extended the Kyle Busch Motorsports team’s lead in the series owner’s points race to 120 over Germain Racing.
“There’s two winners here tonight with Clint and Todd,” said Busch. “Hopefully, next week will be our night.”
Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton and Almirola rounded out the top five.
Mike Skinner, pole sitter Austin Dillon, David Starr, Justin Lofton and Bobby Hamilton, Jr. completed the first ten fininshers.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series now heads to Homestead-Miami Speedway for next Friday night’s season-ending Ford 200.