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Todd Bodine takes Truck Series race at Daytona

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff  February 15, 2008 10:40 PM

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Todd Bodine, the younger brother of 1986 Daytona 500 winner Geoff Bodine, won the season-opening NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race Friday night at Daytona International Speedway.

Bodine, driving the No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota Tundra, held off a hard charge in the last 100 yards of this 100-lapper from runner-up Kyle Busch and from third-place finisher Johnny Benson.

Erin Crocker, of Wilbraham, Mass., was running 8th with one lap to go, but wound up finishing 14th.

``This is my 20th year coming to the Speedway,'' said Bodine, who was joined by his brother Geoff in his Victory Lane celebration. ``I spent three years as a crew member and 17 as a driver. I've finished second, third and crashed hard here a couple of times, but it took 17 years to get here.

``Geoff's been here before, and Brett deserved to be here, but I finally got here.''

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