"T 'n T" Are Dynamite at Gateway International Raceway
When Todd Bodine and reigning series champion Ted Musgrave joined
up at Germain Racing for 2006, it had many in the Craftsman
Truck Series garage thinking "Dream Team." At Gateway
International Raceway, the dynamic duo lived up to that billing
with a 1-2 finish.
It was an impressive performance by both drivers who led early
and then stormed through the field after they made off-sequence
pit stops with 50 laps to go. From mid-pack, Bodine charged
through traffic with Musgrave in tow. A cluster of late race
cautions gave the teammates time to regroup between runs and
that turned out to be bad news for David Reutimann, who led
at the time.
On a restart with 13 laps to go, Bodine got a run in the outside
lane and swept past Reutimann while Musgrave followed into second.
A final caution set up a three-lap run to the checkers and Bodine
easily held on for his ninth career victory and second of the
season. "How about this Germain Race Team?" Bodine
exclaimed as both teams gathered for the celebration in Victory
Lane. "I am so proud of this group of guys. They work as
one team with two trucks on the track and it showed up tonight."
Musgrave's season has been the picture of consistency with no
finish worse than fourth through the first five races of the
season. "Todd was just a tick better than me and I couldn't
get him at the end," said Musgrave. "It was another
top five for me and another win for Germain - so a really good
Reutimann held on for third to snatch his best finish in three
starts at the unique speedway. "In my rookie year I would
have blocked and I would've been in the fence to keep those
guys behind me," Reutimann noted. "I've matured a
lot and I'm racing smarter. We're looking at the big picture."
That big picture, of course, is the championship point standings
and with Mark Martin down in Talladega tending to his Nextel
Cup duties, Bodine took over the lead for the first time in
his Craftsman Truck Series career. Musgrave held onto second
just 15 points behind his teammate while Reutimann climbed from
fourth to third. Martin fell from first to fourth, 132 points
behind the new leader.