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BENSON WINS 3RD STRAIGHT

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Bodine and Benson passed Hornaday in three laps and, after a protracted side-by-side battle, Benson went past Bodine on the inside in Turns 1 and 2 on the 1.33-mile track on Lap 142. Within a lap, he was a truck length behind Darnell's Roush Fenway Racing Ford.Benson, on the inside, and Darnell were virtually even to start the 148th lap and Benson swept into the lead in Turn 1. He won by .89 seconds."I didn't think it was possible with 10 laps to go, to tell you the truth," Benson said. "I knew Darnell was going to be tough. I had a really hard time passing the 30 (Bodine), he was running strong, too. Then, I saw (Bodine) sliding around and I was able to get by him. I worked on Darnell and was able to get to victory lane."Darnell had not taken any tires on his final pit stop on Lap 115, and it jumped him from 12th to second behind Hornaday for the ensuing restart on Lap 119. Benson had taken two tires on the same stop.Darnell passed Hornaday almost immediately and led the next 29 laps."We were out of tires at the end," Darnell said. "I was doing my best to keep Johnny (Benson) back there and held him off for a while. As soon as he cleared Bodine, he ran right up there. Once (Benson) got air on the nose, that was it. I held him off for a while, but he got under me and that was it."Bodine's Germain Racing Toyota was third, and Jack Sprague was fourth in the Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet.
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