Bodine-Skinner dustup lets Benson take truck race

Updated: August 12, 2006, 9:37 PM ET
Associated Press

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."

Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press