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Kentucky tussle for Todd Bodine and Kyle Busch

Todd Bodine showed that he has the chops to remain at the top of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings after recovered from a midrace spin, after Kyle Busch got a little too close to the No. 30 Tundra, to take the checkered flag.

"Our misfortune turned out to be our fortune," Bodine said his fourth win of the season.

Johnny Sauter was second, followed by Aric Almirola, Jason White and Ricky Carmichael rounding out the top five.

Bodine and Busch got together at Chicagoland, where Busch eventually rolled to his fourth straight win across NASCAR's three national series.

The two were battling for the lead just past the race's halfway point when Bodine got loose trying to take the lead from Busch on lap 82. He lost control coming out of Turn 4 and slid onto the infield grass. His truck was largely unscathed and he pitted on lap 92.

Bodine wasn't supposed to make it 58 laps on one tank, yet he managed to stretch the fuel mileage to get the win.

"I'd like to thank Kyle for driving dirty and pushing us down," Bodine said in Victory Lane. "That made us get the gas."

"Unfortunately, I've always had a lot of respect for Kyle," Bodine said. "Slowly but surely I'm losing it."

"It's not just the Trucks Series, it's every division he races," Bodine said. "He's so good. He's without a doubt one of the best drivers NASCAR has ever seen ... he doesn't have to drive like that to win races but he does and he's getting away with it because NASCAR won't do anything about it.”

Bodine concluded, “He was mad because I called him out on it."

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Janelle is a native of Southern California who follows a variety of racing formats. She finds the competition between hard-driving veterans and rising stars in the NASCAR Truck Series some of the best in the top tiers of racing. Janelle has been published in print and online, covering topics in both sports and academics. She also serves as the Southern California Motorsports Examiner. Send Janelle an e-mail, and follow her on Twitter. Join the discussion at the NASCAR Truck Series Examiner Facebook page as well.


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