Published on June 15th, 2008 | by Michael J Smith0
Darnell Edges Benson To Win Cool City Customs 200
Eric Darnell held off a hard charging Johnny Benson in a photo finish to win the Cool City Customs 200 from Michigan International Speedway.
Benson came out of turn 4, and pulled up alongside Darnell. He passed him and held the lead as the two sprinted towards the finish line. But, in those few hundred yards, Darnell battled back and was creeping up on Benson’s outside. Just at they reached the finishline, Darnell got his nose just in front of Benson’s.
Top 10: Darnell, Benson, Scott Speed, Todd Bodine, Brendan Gaughan, Colin Braun, Kyle Busch, Mike Skinner, Chad McCumbee, and Terry Cook.
Notables: Dennis Setzer (16th), Stacy Comptom (21st), Ron Hornaday (23rd), Ted Musgrave (24th), David Starr (26th), and Jack Sprague (30th).
On the white flag lap, Busch and Hornaday got together, sending Hornaday spinning. The spin knocked Hornaday from seventh to 23rd, where he finished.
After the incident, Hornaday and team owner Kevin Harvick confronted Busch in the garage to exchange words. They eventually were seperated.
Hornaday said of the incident:
[Busch] just drove into me because he got mad because I took us four wide and passed him cleanly. Halfway through the race, he showed me he was upset because he lifted the back of the truck up. If he is going to race that way, that is pretty chicken. He doesn’t deserve to be a racer. He has a lot of talent, but that is just flat stupid.
I just got into him. Sorry about that. But remarks from Harvick and Hornaday are what they’re going to be, they’re big mouths anyway and so we’ll take it and get on with it and hopefully beat them out for this championship.