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September 6, 2010
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confronted Bodine, and they went nose to nose without microphones present.

A little translation might be in order.

Bodine, after keeping his spinning Toyota off the wall but losing a sheet-metal panel in the back bed, pitted for repairs but didn't lose a lap. Ten laps later, with 58 laps to go, he pitted again to top off his fuel cell, and decided to stay out the rest of the way.

Busch pitted for gas with 24 laps to go, fell back to eighth and banked on the trucks in front of him either pitting or running out of fuel.

Bodine took the lead with 12 to go from rookie Austin Dillon, who knew he couldn't make it on fuel and pitted.

Not until Saturday at Atlanta, preparing for the weekend's Cup and Nationwide races, did Busch reply publicly.

"You can't spin a guy out by not touching him," Busch told reporters at Atlanta. "That's what happened to Bodine. I was three lanes up the track. He chased it all the way up to me, I felt like. You watch the replay, I'm in the third lane. & I was trying to give him room &"

Give Bodine this: He is keeping a points runaway interesting.

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Sprint Cup Series

Tony Stewart won the Emory Healthcare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Fast facts

Tony Stewart

" 38th series victory in 417th start

" 38 wins ranks 18th all time

" Last win came at Kansas in October 2009, 31 races ago

" Won in all 12 seasons he has competed in the Cup series

" Third win at Atlanta in his 24th start

" 11th different driver to win in 2010

" The last owner/driver to win at Atlanta was Richard Petty in 1977

" Led eight times for 176 laps including the final 25

" Led the most laps for 52nd time in his career, winning 26 of them

" Climbed from sixth to fourth in points

" Clinched a spot in the Chase

" 14th top-10 finish at Atlanta

" 14th top-10 finish in 25 races in 2010

Stewart-Haas Racing

" Sixth series win

" Second win in 2010 (first: Ryan Newman at Phoenix)

" First win at Atlanta

Chevrolet

" 13th win in 2010

" 36th win at Atlanta

" Top 10: six Chevrolets, one Ford, two Toyotas and one Dodge

Others

" Carl Edwards had his second second-place finish of 2010, and it has been 61 races since his last win.

" Jimmie Johnson (third) had his first top-5 finish since his win at New Hampshire eight races ago. It was his second top-10 in that span

" Jeff Burton (fourth) had his fifth top-5 this season but first since Daytona in July.

" Kyle Busch (fifth) had only his second top-5 finish in the past 11 races (win at Bristol). Recovered from speeding penalty on Lap 49.

" Kurt Busch (sixth) used pit strategy to score a top-10 finish; he was running 18th with 100 laps to go.

" Clint Bowyer (seventh) had his 13th top-10 this season.

" Ryan Newman (eighth) jumped two spots to 13th in points but 117 behind 12th-place Bowyer.

" Marcos Ambrose (10th) scored his fourth top-10 finish this season, second on an oval.

" Jamie McMurray (15th) lost 28 points to 12th, and is now 128 behind 12th place.

" Mark Martin (21st) lost 46 points to 12th and is now 147 behind.

" Points leader Kevin Harvick finished 33rd after having tire problems. Denny Hamlin led 74 laps before losing an engine and finished 43rd. He lost five points positions but still clinched a spot in the Chase.

Nationwide Series

Jamie McMurray won the Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway

Fast facts

Jamie McMurray

" This was his eighth series victory in 179th start. His last series win was at Darlington in 2004.

" His second win at Atlanta; his first career win came at Atlanta in 2002

" Third 1.5-mile win

" He was the 12th different race winner in 2010

" McMurray has won with six different teams (JR Motorsports)

" It was his eighth start in 2010, all with JR Motorsports. His previous best finish was third, three times.

" Led three times for 48 laps, including the final 23

JR Motorsports

" Ninth series win and first win of 2010

" First win at Atlanta

" Fourth different driver to win for JR Motorsports

Others

" Kyle Busch finished second for the third time in seven starts at Atlanta. He has yet to win there in the series. He led 74 of the 195 laps, the most of all drivers; this is the first time in 2010 that he led the most laps and failed to win. (He's led the most laps in nine races.)

" Carl Edwards (finished third) posted his 14th top-5 finish of 2010.

" Kevin Harvick (fourth) has finished in the top-10 in all but two of his 20 series starts this season.

" Matt Kenseth (fifth) got his best finish of 2010 in his third start; he leads all drivers with eight top-5 finishes and nine top-10 finishes at Atlanta.

" Jason Leffler (seventh) finished in the top 10 for the ninth time in 2010; six of the nine were in the No. 10 car.

" Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (10th) got his fourth top-10 finish of 2010, and he has finished in the top 15 in five of his last seven starts.

" Points leader Brad Keselowski finished 12th, only his fifth finish outside the top 10 in 2010.

" The No. 22 (Penske Racing) car lost 48 points to the No. 18 (Joe Gibbs Racing) car, which leads the owners points championship; the No. 18 car now has an 83-point lead over the No. 22.

Camping World Truck Series

Todd Bodine won The Built Ford Tough 225.

Fast facts

Todd Bodine

" 21st career Camping World Truck Series victory in his 158th start. 21 wins is fourth all-time

" Series leading 12th 1.5-mile win

" Fourth win of 2010, tying Kyle Busch for the most

" First win at Kentucky

" Has now won on six of the eight 1.5-mile tracks

" Started 14th

" Led twice for 18 laps, including the final 14

" His points lead is now 261, the largest point lead with seven races to go

" Todd Bodine spun while battling for the lead with Kyle Busch coming out of Turn 4 on Lap 81 but did not hit anything. After making two pit stops to repair part of the truck bed that flew off while spinning, he restarted 25th.

" Bodine pitted for the final time on Lap 92, which turned out to be the winning move.

Germain Racing

" 22nd series victory

" Fourth win in 2010

" First win at Kentucky

Toyota

" 11th win of 2010 (Chevy has won the other seven in 2010)

" Third win at Kentucky

" The top 10 consisted of four Toyotas, five Chevrolets, and one Ford.

Others

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