By TIM TUTTLE
GLADEVILLE -- Johnny Benson won his third straight NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race Saturday, passing Erik Darnell for the lead with less than three laps remaining in the Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville Superspeedway.
Benson's victory also was his fourth in the past five races and 13th of his career. He has a 45-point lead over Ron Hornaday Jr., who finished fifth.
The Bill Davis Racing Toyota driver spent most of the 150-lap race driving up through traffic. He started 16th, drove up to fourth and fell back to 12th following his first pit stop. Benson was 13th prior to his second stop on Lap 65. The team took time to make adjustments, and he restarted 25th.
Ten laps later, Benson gained valuable track position by taking fuel only when pitting with most of the field, jumping from 15th to seventh.
Benson was fourth for the final restart with 23 laps remaining, trailing Darnell, Hornaday and Todd Bodine.