Todd Bodine just wants to win, whether it’s a close finish or he blows away the field.
Bodine dominated Saturday night at Nashville Superspeedway, leading 91 laps and earning his second victory of the season at the Nashville 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.
”We did (it) in the style of Germain Racing and just stomped them,” said Bodine, who led the last 88 laps.
Bodine extended his series lead over Aric Almirola to 174 points, but said the championship is by no means a given.
”We’ve just got to go out and keep doing what we’re doing,” he said. ”We don’t (need) to worry about everybody else and we’ll be just fine. We just can’t make mistakes and put ourselves in a hole.”
Rookie Austin Dillon, the grandson of car owner Richard Childress, finished second, followed by Almirola.
”We’ve never, ever really been good here,” Almirola said of the 1.33-mile concrete oval. ”This is not one of my favorite race tracks. To come out of here with a third-place finish was a good night for us.”
Timothy Peters, who led 57 laps early before trouble with a tire after a pit stop, came in fourth.
The third caution of the race triggered tempers when Mario Gosselin was spun by Joe Aramendia along the front stretch on lap 66. Gosselin hit the wall hard and was forced out of the race. After getting out of his truck, Gosselin picked up what looked to be a brake hose laying on the track and threw it at Aramendia’s truck as it passed, just missing the roof.
Kyle Busch won the April Nashville truck race, which was his first as an owner. No current Sprint Cup drivers participated in Saturday?s event.