While Timothy Peters was the pole-sitter in the Too Tough to Tame 200 at Darlington, it was the experience of Todd Bodine that won out after leading the final 47 laps and holding off Peters.
Peters thought he had a good run on Bodine, but had to deal with slower trucks on the track, many with drivers unfamiliar with Darlington's quirky surface and layout.
"It can steal your momentum," Peters said.
Bodine has 38 starts at Darlington going into this weekend, including a Nationwide Series win in 2003.
"Knowing the little things that make you go fast and the little things that make you go slow. That means a lot," Bodine stated. "Experience is definitely a big part of running well at Darlington."
Ron Hornaday Jr. and Peters led 76 of the initial 100, but Bodine saw an opportunity during the seventh yellow of the night. Bodine remained on the track while the majority of the field came in for fuel and tires.
Bodine went the final 71 laps without pitting. He finished a half-second ahead of Peters. Hornaday Jr., Johnny Sauter, and Austin Dillon rounded out the top five finishers.
It was Bodine's second win in a row, and he currently has a 231 point lead over Aric Almirola for the series title.
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