Hornaday Jr. prevails in crash-filled Las Vegas truck race|
Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) - Ron Hornaday Jr. moved right back into the
championship battle in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with a win in
Saturday's Smith's 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Hornaday, the four-time series champion, started on the pole and put on a
dominating performance by leading 107 of 146 laps for his fourth win of the
season and the 51st of his career. He won two weeks ago at Kentucky. Hornaday
also benefited from Austin Dillon and James Buescher's wrecks early in the
race to move him from 42 points to 21 out of the lead.
It's the first time Hornaday has won at Las Vegas in 11 races here.
This was the second race in a row that Hornaday drove the No.2 Chevrolet for
Kevin Harvick Inc. Team owners Kevin and DeLana Harvick moved Hornaday from
the No.33 to the No.2, since that truck is leading in the series' owner point
"This is just a dream come true," Hornaday said. "You don't get trucks like
that very often, and I've got it two races in a row, so that's pretty awesome.
I owe Kevin and DeLana a lot. They give me a championship truck with the owner
points and still believe in me. They put [crew chief] Bruce Cook with me, and
we go out and win another one."
Dillon, the defending race winner, brought out the first of 10 cautions in the
219-mile (350-kilometer) race when he made contact with the wall on the second
lap. He wound up finishing 15 laps down in 17th. Dillon managed to hold on to
the points lead. His advantage is five points over Johnny Sauter, who finished
"We're still in the points lead?" Dillon questioned. "It's hard to believe,
but we'll take it."
Buescher trailed Dillon by three points heading into this race, but he ran
into the back of Blake Feese after Feese spun around on lap 47. Buescher fell
40 laps behind and ended up finishing 21st. He is currently seven points
Seven cautions occurred within the first 70 laps. This was the first time the
series competed on this 1.5-mile track during the day since 2002. Teams were
not used to racing conditions here during the afternoon hours.
A four-car wreck on lap 30 forced NASCAR to halt the race for 10 minutes.
Ricky Carmichael got hit from behind and then spun around, collecting Brian
Ickler and Miguel Paludo.
The final caution set up an eight-lap shootout to the finish. Hornaday pulled
away from second-place runner Matt Crafton after the restart and then beat him
to the finish line by 0.6 seconds.
Crafton's second-place run came in his 268th straight truck start, as he
surpassed Dennis Setzer for second on the series' all-time consecutive starts
list. Terry Cook holds the record with 296.
Timothy Peters' third-place finish put him back in the title fight as well.
Peters is 25 points behind the leader.
Todd Bodine, the 2010 series champion, finished fifth, followed by Nelson
Piquet Jr., David Mayhew and Cole Whitt.
Brendan Gaughan and Parker Kligerman completed the top-10.
Just four races remain in the season -- Talladega (next Saturday),
Martinsville (October 29), Texas (November 4) and Homestead (Nov. 18).
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