Originally created 07/03/05

NASCAR roundup



KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Todd Bodine withstood a series of late restarts, then pulled away from the pack in a three-lap shootout to win Saturday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway.

It was the first victory of the season and third in the series for Bodine, a former Winston and Nextel Cup driver who also owns 15 Busch series wins. It was also the first win for Toyota this year, breaking Chevrolet's five-race streak.

"My truck was so strong on restarts that I could run wide open," said Bodine, who led 81 of 170 laps of the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250. "A green-white-checker is basically two laps, and I knew I could run it wide open for two laps."

Rookie Todd Kluever won a back-and-forth battle with David Reutimann in the late laps to take second - his best finish this year - in a Ford. Reutimann's Toyota was third, followed by Mike Skinner.

Dennis Setzer, the points leader, finished 11th. He still widened his lead by 5 points - to 38 - over Bobby Hamilton, who finished 12th.

FRENCH GRAND PRIX: In Magny Cours, France, points leader Fernando Alonso, of Spain, won the pole position for the Formula One race.

All the teams were back on the track, two weeks after 14 cars boycotted the U.S. Grand Prix race over their concerns about tire safety.

Alonso was timed in 1 minute, 14.412 seconds on an overcast day, gaining his third pole of the season and sixth of his career.

Toyota's Jarno Trulli, who held pole in the U.S. Grand Prix, was second in 1:14.521 leading to today's 70-lap race.

Kimi Raikkonen of McLaren-Mercedes was third in 1:14.559, followed by Michael Schumacher in 1:14.572.