Doing It in Style
Busch passed Ron Hornaday on Lap 130 following a restart and held on to win under the lights at Homestead-Miami Speedway (photo courtesy: Jerry Markland, Getty Images Sport)
A year ago, there was no Kyle Busch Motorsports, and Germain Racing didn’t have any sponsorship.
Yet somehow the two teams put themselves in position to be champions. Todd Bodine clinched his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship as a driver before the start of the Ford 200 Friday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Although Bodine had sewn up the drivers’ title, Busch held a solid 120-point lead on the owners’ side. Busch passed Ron Hornaday on Lap 130 following a restart and held on to win under the lights at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Busch’s squad became the first rookie team to take the title since Richard Childress Racing won the inaugural Camping World Truck Series crown with Mike Skinner in 1995.
“This is so cool to come out here and win in our last race and in the style that we did,” Busch said. “It’s fun to come out here and participate in the Truck races.
“For me, it’s great to race in this series, with guys like Ron Hornaday and Todd Bodine. Congratulations to Todd for winning the driver’s championship.”
The driver’s title is the second for Bodine at Germain Racing. He also won the championship in the 2006 season.
“I never thought I’d be a one-time champion, let alone a two-time champion,” Bodine said. “It’s hard in a career to be a part of a group that cares as much as this one and is as good as this one. I count my blessings every day.”
Next up for Busch is Saturday’s Ford 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship finale. Sunday’s Championship-finale Ford 400 is set for a 1 p.m. (ET) start, and tickets for this historic Championship finale are STILL available starting at $55 via (866) 409-RACE and HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com. Parking is FREE at Homestead-Miami Speedway all weekend, and fans can bring their own food and drink into the Speedway in a cooler not to exceed 14x14x14 inches.