Mirroring their 2008 1-2 finish, Todd Bodine was able to keep his No. 30 Germain Racing Toyota in the lead despite some late challenges by Kyle Busch to win Friday night’s 10th annual NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway, his fourth consecutive superspeedway victory.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 13, 2009) – Mirroring their 2008 1-2 finish, Todd Bodine was able to keep his No. 30 Germain Racing Toyota in the lead despite some late challenges by Kyle Busch to win Friday night’s 10th annual NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway, his fourth consecutive superspeedway victory.
Bodine, who led the most laps – 25 of the 100 -- has led in all five races he has run in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the 2.5-mile tri-oval and is the only repeat winner in the Camping World Truck Series at the historic track.
“I don’t know what to think; it’s just incredible,” Bodine said of his unsponsored team’s feat.
“For Germain Racing to come out and do this two years in a row – four superspeedways in a row – that’s phenomenal. That speaks volumes for this team and what they can accomplish.”
Busch also spent time at the front of the pack in a race that saw 12 leaders trade the lead 15 times. He tried unsuccessfully to get a run at the lead going into Turn 3 on the final lap and put a block on Terry Cook to secure his runner-up position; Cook finished third.
“I’ve tried two years in a row to do something (on the last lap) and neither one of them have worked,” a disappointed Busch said. “I’m an idiot when it comes to the last lap in these trucks.
“Going down the back, I got into Todd going into Turn 3 and it shot him ahead. I couldn’t get my momentum built back up and Terry wanted to get to my outside. I just can’t figure out when to make a move. I don’t know what I’m going to do different, but I’ve got to figure something out.”
J.R. Fitzpatrick was the top-finishing rookie of the race, posting a career-best finish of fourth. Fitzpatrick had an impressive debut at “The World Center of Racing”, keeping his No. 7 Mammoet Chevrolet up front for the majority of the race and leading nine laps; Fitzpatrick’s previous best finish was 21st at Martinsville.
“We had a good strategy going, we just ran out of time,” Fitzpatrick said. “I had a heck of a time leading; that was a lot of fun. First time here, first time racing with all of these guys – it’s pretty sweet. I got pushed around by Kyle Busch and that was the coolest thing that’s ever happened to me.”
A collective spin brought out the third caution of the race and ended the night for five drivers, including 2008 series champion Johnny Benson, Supercross champion and NCWTS rookie Ricky Carmichael and the winner of last Saturday’s ARCA RE/MAX Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 James Buescher.
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