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TRUCKS: Bodine Blisters Nashville Field

As long as Todd Bodine runs like he did Saturday night at Nashville Superspeedway, his perch atop the Camping World Truck Series points is very secure.

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Bodine dominated the second half of the Nashville 200 Saturday night and scored his first victory at the suburban Nashville, Tenn. track.

“It’s about time I got this,” Bodine said as he held a Gibson guitar, the main trophy for wins at the track.

“We struggled a little at the beginning of the season trying some different stuff. We were fortunate to get top-five runs out of it. Now the truck is fast every week. That’s how you win championships.”

Bodine and Timothy Peters had the evening’s toughest trucks. Peters led 55 of the first 57 laps and dominated the first half of the race; Bodine, in the Germain Racing Toyota, took over in the second half.

Austin Dillon finished second, followed by Aric Almirola, Peters and Johnny Sauter. Almirola, in second in points, now trails Bodine by 174 entering next Saturday’s event at Darlington Raceway.

The race was slowed on lap 66 by a wicked crash that sidelined Mario Gosselin, who was none too happy about it.

Contact with Joe Aramendia sent Gosselin sailing hard into the outside wall, smashing the front end of Gosselin’s truck.

Gosselin, clearly upset, climbed out of his truck, picked up a truck brake hose from the track and threw it at Aramendia’s truck as Aramendia drove past.

“He needs to learn how to drive,” Gosselin said later. NASCAR officials were scheduled to meet with Aramendia after the race to discuss the incident, which happened with no other traffic present.

Although Bodine coasted to the win, the closing laps were spiced by a tight battle for position between Brian Ickler and Justin Lofton. Ickler used the slower truck of Aramendia to block Lofton on the last lap, upsetting Lofton, who bumped Ickler’s car on the slowdown lap.

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Mike Hembree is NASCAR Editor for SPEED.com and has been covering motorsports for 28 years. He has written several books on NASCAR, including "NASCAR: The Definitive History of America's Sport" and "Then Tony Said To Junior: The Best NASCAR Stories Ever Told". He is a six-time winner of the National Motorsports Press Association Writer of the Year Award.