Bodine wins rain-shortened Trucks race at Dover

Todd Bodine thinks he would have beat Kevin Harvick to the

finish line.

He was glad he didn’t have to find out.

Bodine took advantage of being in the lead when the rain came,

winning the shortened Trucks Series race at Dover International

Speedway on Friday.

He celebrated in a makeshift Victory Lane after the race was

called with 147 of 200 laps completed on the 1-mile track.

Harvick had the dominant truck and led most of the race until

the first rain delay. Bodine took the lead shortly after racing

resumed and posted his third straight top-five finish.

Parker Kligerman was second and Harvick was third.

Rain prevented what might have been a fun showdown down the

stretch between two of the best drivers in the circuit.

”From what I saw in the mirror, I don’t know if he could have

done it,” Bodine said. ”Parker and myself both would have had to

make mistakes and get out of the groove. It would have been

interesting to see.”

Kligerman was thankful for the rain because a damaged front end

meant his truck might not have lasted much longer.

”We were really bottoming the truck out and the splitter was

taking a beating,” he said. ”That’s why we couldn’t get by Todd.

I’d get a good restart and I just couldn’t hold it up on the high

side of the track without feeling like I was going to stuff it into

the wall.”

Bodine survived a spin because of a tire issue midway through

the race that briefly threatened his first win since 2010.

He rallied and was all smiles once the skies opened up.

”Heck yeah, I’m going to claim it,” he said. ”You don’t like

to win them this way, but we lost them this way, so I’ll take


Nelson Piquet Jr. and Cale Gale rounded out the top five. Points

leader Justin Lofton, who led 22 laps, was 10th.

Harvick was aiming for his first win at Dover in any series when

rain forced a red flag with 80 laps left in the race.

He refused to consider himself the winner as he sat in his truck

waiting to return to racing.

”I don’t think the track ever got wet,” Harvick said. ”It was

dry the whole first time.”

Out they went and, soon after, Harvick lost the lead and the


”It’s just one of those deals,” he said.

The race was affected by more than rain, with nine cautions

called that made for a very spotty and slow day of racing.

Waiting out the rain was easy for Bodine. He waited 19 years to

win again at Dover. Bodine won races in the Nationwide Series in

1991 and twice in 1993. He had never finished better than third in

a Trucks race at the Monster Mile.

”We didn’t have the best truck. We had a very good truck,” he

said. ”Track position is everything.”