The next race on the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule is August 22 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
With the finish, Reutimann remained fourth in the unofficial NNS point standings, now 290 points behind leader Clint Bowyer. Busch (seventh), Wallace (eighth) and Leffler (ninth) are also in the top-10 in points after 24 of 35 races.
In Saturday night's NCTS race, Johnny Benson scored his fourth victory in the last five events in the Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville Superspeedway -- taking home the unique Gibson guitar first-place trophy from the track located just outside the 'Music City'
Benson passed race-leader Erik Darnell on lap 148 (of 150) at the 1.333-mile concrete oval and paced the field for the final three circuits en route to his first-place finish. Although Benson ran among the leaders throughout the race, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-native only led the final three laps in his Bill Davis Racing No. 23 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Tundra on his way to capturing the checkered flag.
In addition to his victory Saturday evening in Tennessee, earlier this season Benson recorded wins at Milwaukee (June 20), Kentucky (July 19) and Indianapolis (July 25). Saturday's triumph enabled Benson to win a third consecutive race for the first time in his NCTS career, and he also became the first repeat winner in the NCTS event at Nashville.
"I didn't think it was possible with 10 laps to go to pass Erik (Darnell) -- to tell you the truth," said Benson, after the race. "Trip Bruce (crew chief) and the guys did a great job. This was a brand new truck and I could never really get a handle on it. The truck was horrible until after about 30 laps on the tires -- then it got to where I could do what I wanted. I knew (Erik) Darnell was going to be tough. I had a really hard time passing the 30 (Todd Bodine) for second-place -- he was running pretty strong, too. Then I saw he (Todd Bodine) kept sliding around and I was able to get by him for second. Then I worked on (Erik) Darnell and was able to get by him and get to victory lane."
Benson started 16th and managed to work his way into the top-five early in the race, before some issues on pit road moved him back in the field. After working his way to the front again, extra adjustments on the second pit stop moved him outside the top-10. Finally, on his final pit stop late in the race Benson took two tires and fuel, and was then able to work his way past Bodine and Darnell for the victory.
Toyota drivers Bodine (third), Ted Musgrave (eighth) and David Starr (ninth) also earned top-10 finishes tonight. Other Toyota drivers in the field included Terry Cook (12th), David Stremme (13th), Mike Skinner (17th), Justin Marks (20th), Shane Sieg (25th) and Michael Annett (33rd).
It was Benson's 13th NCTS win driving a Tundra for Bill Davis Racing, and the 46th win for Toyota in NCTS competition since joining the series at the beginning of the 2004 season.
With the victory, Benson extended his lead in the unofficial NCTS point standings and he now holds a 45-point advantage over second-place Ron Hornaday, Jr. Tundra drivers Bodine (fourth), Skinner (fifth), Cook (ninth) and Starr (10th) are also in the top-10 in points after 15 of 25 races.
The next race on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule is at Tennessee's Bristol Motor Speedway, August 20.
Toyota NSCS Driver Finishes at Watkins Glen International
1st, KYLE BUSCH
2nd, TONY STEWART
8th, DENNY HAMLIN
11th, AJ ALLMENDINGER
18th, BRIAN VICKERS
25th, MICHAEL McDOWELL
33rd, DAVID REUTIMANN
37th, P.J. JONES
39th, MICHAEL WALTRIP
41st, DAVE BLANEY
Toyota Drivers in NSCS Point Standings – following Watkins Glen International**
1st, KYLE BUSCH 3,254 points
7th, TONY STEWART 2,744 points
9th, DENNY HAMLIN 2,689 points
17th, BRIAN VICKERS 2,418 points
27th, DAVID REUTIMANN 1,927 points
31st, DAVE BLANEY 1,736 points
32nd, MICHAEL WALTRIP 1,682 points
39th, AJ ALLMENDINGER 1,226 points
40th, MICHAEL McDOWELL 1,200 points
Toyota NNS Driver Finishes at Watkins Glen International
2nd, KYLE BUSCH
7th, JOEY LOGANO
8th, JASON LEFFLER
15th, DAVID REUTIMANN
18th, MIKE WALLACE
34th, DENNY HAMLIN
Toyota Drivers in NNS Point Standings -- following Watkins Glen International**
4th, DAVID REUTIMANN 3,158 points
7th, KYLE BUSCH 3,003 points
8th, MIKE WALLACE 2,845 points
9th, JASON LEFFLER 2,748 points
20th, DENNY HAMLIN 1,756 points
Toyota NCTS Driver Finishes at Nashville Superspeedway
1st, JOHNNY BENSON
3rd, TODD BODINE
8th, TED MUSGRAVE
9th, DAVID STARR
12th, TERRY COOK
13th, DAVID STREMME
17th, MIKE SKINNER
20th, JUSTIN MARKS
25th, SHANE SIEG
33rd, MICHAEL ANNETT
Toyota Drivers in NCTS Point Standings -- following Nashville Superspeedway**
1st, JOHNNY BENSON 2,261 points
4th, TODD BODINE 2,042 points
5th, MIKE SKINNER 2,026 points
9th, TERRY COOK 1,952 points
10th, DAVID STARR 1,887 points
15th, TED MUSGRAVE 1,719 points
19th, JUSTIN MARKS 1,526 points
20th, KYLE BUSCH 1,502 points
24th, MARC MITCHELL 1,210 points
26th, SCOTT SPEED 985 points
29th, SHANE SIEG 720 points
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