Todd Bodine wins NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Las Vegas 350; Sebastien Bourdais wins Hurricane Relief 400

Todd Bodine is no stranger to Las Vegas Motor Speedway's victory lane and the Chemung, N.Y., native visited that coveted patch of real estate again tonight following a thrilling late-race battle with Ted Musgrave.Bodine's Toyota dominated the early stages of the race, enjoying as much as a 10-second cushion on the rest of the field.Musgrave chased him down in the final third of the race and actually passed him for the lead with two laps remaining, only to see the caution flag fly and orchestrate a patented Truck Series green-white-checker finish.

"Las Vegas is always exciting, one way or another," said Bodine, who was robbed of victory in last year?s race after a bump from eventual race winner Shane Hmiel."That last caution, I got my tires cooled down and went after him.I wasn?t gonna get beat this year.To have a truck that good is incredible.We raced each other hard and it came down to the last lap."

Musgrave admitted he was a ?sitting duck? to Bodine on the restart, knowing he could not hold off the No. 30 Toyota.

?Todd had the dominant truck all night,? said Musgrave.?We had a decent truck, but it was a tight situation.With 10 laps to go, you do whatever you can to try and win. I got him trying so hard, he overdrove the corner.Unfortunately, I couldn?t accelerate off the corner like he could. I couldn?t run the top very well. I made a fake move while he was driving in his mirrors and it worked.

David Starr waged a pitched battle with Jack Sprague in the closing laps and managed to earn a third-place finish.

Todd Kleuver won the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Race Award after finishing eighth.

?I?m a little disappointed because we?ve been so much better on race tracks like this. I feel like we should have been up front with those guys, but it was a decent run. It will help us in points.?

The race was not kind to the hometown heroes.Brendan Gaughan?s Jasper Engines & Transmissions Dodge was caught up in a crash in the opening laps of the race and completed only seven laps to finish a disappointing 35th.Orleans Racing teammate Steve Park caused the final caution of the race and finished 30th.

Musgrave?s second-place finish enabled him to pull within five points of series leader Dennis Setzer.

Sebastien Bourdais won the Champ Car World Series Hurricane Relief 400.


NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Race Number 20
Unofficial Race Results for the Las Vegas 350 - Sunday, September 25, 2005
Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Las Vegas, Nev. - 1.5 Mile Paved
Total Race Length - 152 Laps - 228.000 Miles
Provided by NASCAR Statistical Services - As of Sunday, September 25, 2005 @ 12:07 AM Eastern

1 30 Todd Bodine Germain Motor Company Toyota $52,700 Running
2 1 Ted Musgrave Mopar Dodge $29,375 Running
3 75 David Starr Spears Manufacturing Chevrolet $22,100 Running
4 16 Jack Sprague Chevy Trucks Chevrolet $16,350 Running
5 04 Bobby Hamilton Bailey's/Stratosphere Dodge $15,825 Running
6 5 Mike Skinner Toyota Tundra Toyota $13,325 Running
7 14 Rick Crawford Circle Bar Truck Corral Ford $11,325 Running
8 50 Todd Kluever # World Financial Group Ford $12,100 Running
9 38 Brandon Whitt Red Horse Racing Toyota $11,050 Running
10 65 Tim Fedewa Glynn Motorsports Dodge $10,200 Running
11 88 Matt Crafton Menards/Seal Best Chevrolet $10,950 Running
12 17 David Reutimann NTN Bearings Toyota $10,815 Running
13 6 Ron Hornaday Jr. GM Goodwrench Chevrolet $10,765 Running
14 46 Dennis Setzer Chevrolet Silverado Chevrolet $10,715 Running
15 12 Joey Miller Toyota Tundra Toyota $11,115 Running
16 60 Chad Chaffin Jeff Wyler Toyota Toyota $8,265 Running
17 8 Jack Bailey Century 21 Chevrolet $10,415 Running
18 10 Terry Cook Power Stroke Diesel Ford $10,295 Running
19 18 Chase Montgomery RoadLoans Dodge $10,190 Running
20 7 Eric Norris Pavestone Chevrolet $10,540 Running
21 92 Burney Lamar HPS/Groeniger Chevrolet $7,740 Running
22 15 David Gilliland ditech.com Chevrolet $8,640 Running
23 99 Ricky Craven Superchips Ford $8,540 Running
24 59 Robert Pressley Harris Trucking Dodge $7,440 Running
25 8 Deborah Renshaw Heritage Dodge $7,415 Running
26 4 Timothy Peters # Bailey's/Stratosphere Dodge $7,390 Running
27 63 Justin Allgaier Dave Porter Truck Sales Ford $7,365 Running
28 2 Kelly Sutton Team Copaxone Chevrolet $7,340 Running
29 24 Robert Richardson Brahma Beer Chevrolet $7,315 Running
30 62 Steve Park Orleans Racing Dodge $7,290 Engine
31 2 Jimmy Spencer Team ASE Dodge $7,265 Engine
32 22 Bill Lester NewPage Toyota $7,240 Accident
33 23 Johnny Benson Toyota Used Vehicles Toyota $7,215 Engine
34 29 Brad Keselowski Samson Stone Ford $7,190 Engine
35 77 Brendan Gaughan Jasper Engines Dodge $7,165 Engine
36 13 Tracy Hines ThorSport/Dave Zoriki Chevrolet $7,137 Accident

Time of Race: 1 hour, 48 minutes, 22 seconds

Average Speed: 126.238 mph

Margin of Victory: 0.297 sec

Caution Flags: 5 for 24 laps: Laps 4-5 (#77,12,13 accident front stretch) 68-71 (#60 spun Turn 2) 112-115 (#02 spin turn 2) 127-133 (#22 accident Turn 2) 146-152 (#62 accident backstretch)

Lead Changes -- 10 among 6 drivers: M. Skinner 1-5 B. Lester 6-19 T. Musgrave 20-22 T. Bodine 23-55 J. Benson 56 B. Lester 57-59 T. Bodine 60-68 S. Park 69-73 T. Bodine 74-144 T. Musgrave 145-151 T. Bodine 152

Top 10 Driver Points: (1) D. Setzer 2,877 (2) T. Musgrave 2,872 (3) R. Hornaday Jr. 2,677 (4) M. Skinner 2,627 (5) T. Bodine 2,593 (6) J. Spencer 2,593 (7) B. Hamilton 2,577 (8) D. Starr 2,507 (9) D. Reutimann 2,493 (10) M. Crafton 2,483

Top 5 Rookie Points: (1) Todd Kluever 232 (2) Timothy Peters 150 (3) Shige Hattori 100

Bud Pole Award: Mike Skinner (165.258 mph)

Raybestos Rookie of the Race: Todd Kluever