NASCAR & Auto Racing

Todd Bodine's last-lap pass a winner in Truck race at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. - Todd Bodine remained perfect on NASCAR's restrictor-plate tracks in the Truck series this season and Ron Hornaday got back something he had lost.

Bodine completed a dramatic last-lap pass of then-leader Kyle Busch to win Saturday's Mountain Dew 250 at Talladega Superspeedway, while a multi-truck wreck erupted far back in the field. Bodine also won the Truck series season opener at Daytona and was the winner of this event last season.

"We're going down the backstretch and I'm thinking to myself, '‘Just push Kyle and try not to wreck Kyle and get up there for the win' and I kept pushing him. We came off (Turn) 4 and I tried to give him another shot to get him going again and he got a little sideways," Bodine said.

Bodine then shot to the right of Busch and in front of Hornaday, who gave Bodine a shove into the lead.

Hornaday ended up second and retook the series points lead. He now leads Johnny Benson by 39 points with five races remaining.

"It was incredible. It's great to have friends like Ron who you know you can count on when you need some help," Bodine said. "I knew if we could get ourselves in the right position at the end of the race, we'd have a shot at it."

Hornaday, who came from the back after he was penalized for speeding on pit road early in the race, said he did not relish Busch's position on the final lap.

"I'm sure glad I wasn't sitting where Kyle was at. Bodine was getting anxious," Hornaday said. "But Todd ended up in front of us, so I gave him a push."

Busch finished third, Colin Braun - who restarted 21st with seven laps remaining and led the next-to-last lap - finished fourth and Mike Wallace was fifth. Benson, the points leader entering the race, was 11th.

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