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Bodine-Skinner dustup lets Benson take truck race

8/12/2006

GLADEVILLE, Tenn. -- Johnny Benson took advantage of a dustup between race leaders Todd Bodine and Mike Skinner to win the Craftsman Truck Series Toyota Tundra 200 Saturday at Nashville
Superspeedway.

With Skinner leading on a green-white-checkered restart, Bodine
faked to the outside, dropped to the inside, then nudged Skinner up
the track. When Skinner returned the favor on the white flag lap,
the two tangled into the wall, allowing Benson to seize the lead
and get his third win of the season.

"Anything goes," Benson said. "When I saw those guys go down
the front stretch I said all I needed to do was hit my line and I
did."

Jack Sprague was second, followed by Australian Marcos Ambrose,
the highest finishing rookie. Ted Musgrave was fourth, giving him
six top-5 finishes in as many starts at the Superspeedway. Brendan
Gaughan rounded out the top five.

"Todd and I have always been pretty good friends and I guess we
still will be but I think he went over the line today," Skinner
said. "I wouldn't have wrecked him to win the race but he did so
he didn't win either.

Bodine disagreed with Skinner's notion.

"I didn't take him out, he came down and I hit him," the
series leader said. "The difference was he did wreck me, or tried
to, for the win. He pushed me halfway down the front straightaway.

"Skinner and I are supposed to go on vacation in a few weeks.
That should be interesting."