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DATE: Saturday, June 4th
SITE: Kansas Speedway (2001) -- Kansas City, Kansas
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval - 2,685 feet (Frontstretch); 2,207 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 81,687 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 11th
TELEVISION: Speed Channel
ANNOUNCERS: Rick Allen, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 2 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Johnny Sauter
RUNNER-UP: Ron Hornaday Jr
POLE WINNER: Ron Hornaday Jr (Finished 2nd)
LAPS: 167
MILES: 250.5
QUALIFYING RECORD: Bill Lester, 2005 (173.833 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Ricky Hendrick, 2001 (125.094 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $598,636 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $46,950; 2nd Place - $34,090; 3rd Place - $26,085
 
2010 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Johnny Sauter36Austin Dillon5
2Ron Hornaday Jr17Aric Almirola4
3Todd Bodine68Mike Skinner8
4Brian Ickler99Ken Schrader12
5Johnny Benson1310David Starr25
2010 O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 110.936 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 15 minutes, 29 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 5.032 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 37 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 16 among 9 drivers
POLE WINNER: Ron Hornaday Jr (169.194 m.p.h.)
Past O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Johnny Sauter (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 110.936 m.p.h.
2009 -- Mike Skinner (2nd) -- Toyota -- 92.680 m.p.h.
2008 -- Ron Hornaday Jr (1st) -- Chevrolet 105.820 m.p.h.
2007 -- Erik Darnell (10th) -- Ford -- 124.403 m.p.h.
2006 -- Terry Cook (5th) -- Ford -- 111.581 m.p.h.
2005 -- Todd Bodine (10th) -- Toyota -- 117.346 m.p.h.
2004 -- Carl Edwards (2nd) -- Ford -- 105.994 m.p.h.
2003 -- Jon Wood (3rd) -- Ford -- 114.253 m.p.h.
2002 -- Mike Bliss (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 121.487 m.p.h.
2001 -- Ricky Hendrick (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 125.094 m.p.h. (race record)
Past O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 Pole Winners (finish)
2010 -- Ron Hornaday Jr -- 2nd
2009 -- Ron Hornaday Jr -- 4th
2008 -- Ron Hornaday Jr -- 1st
2007 -- Mike Skinner -- 5th
2006 -- Mike Skinner -- 5th
2005 -- Bill Lester -- 5th
2004 -- None -- Weather
2003 -- Chad Chaffin -- 14th
2002 -- Jason Leffler -- 4th
2001 -- Dennis Setzer -- 3rd
Last Race Results
RACE: North Carolina Lottery Education 200 (May 20th)
SITE: Charlotte Motor Speedway -- Concord, North Carolina
MILES: 201
LAPS: 134
WINNER: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Clint Bowyer
THIRD: Cole Whitt
FOURTH: James Buescher
FIFTH: Ron Hornaday Jr.
POLE WINNER: Timothy Peters (Finished 32th)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 58 minutes, 41 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 101.615 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.317 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 10 for 47 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 10 among 7 drivers
LAP LEADERS: T. Peters - pole; C. Bowyer 1-2; J. Buescher 3-11; C. Bowyer
12-17; J. Buescher 18-24; T. Peters 25-54; R. Hornaday Jr. 55-67;
J. Sauter 68-76; C. Whitt 77-81; C. Bowyer 82-127; K. Busch
128-134.
O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
2Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Chevrolet/Bad Boy Buggies
3Austin Dillon (Lewisville, NC)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
4Ricky Carmichael (Clearwater, FL)Chevrolet/Monster Energy
5Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Toyota/Int'l Truck/Monaco RVs
07Butch Miller (Coopersville, MI)Toyota/TBA
7Miguel Paludo (New Silver, Brazil)Toyota/Stemco Duroline
8Nelson Piquet Jr (Brasilia, Brazil)Chevrolet/Bozzano/Jontex
9Max Papis (Como, Italy)Toyota/GEICO
10Jennifer Jo Cobb (Kansas City, KS)Ford/Mark One Electric
13*Johnny Sauter (Necedah, WI)Chevrolet/Safe Auto/Curb Records
17Timothy Peters (Providence, NC)Toyota/Red Horse Racing
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Dollar General
20Johanna Long (Pensacola, FL)Toyota/Panhandle Grading & Paving
22Joey Coulter (Miami Springs, FL)Chevrolet/RCR
23Jason White (Powhatan, VA)Chevrolet/gunbroker.com
29Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Dodge/Penske Truck Rental
30Todd Bodine (Chemung, NY)Toyota/germain.com
31James Buescher (Plano, TX)Chevrolet/Exide Batteries
32Brad Sweet (Grass Valley, CA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
33Ron Hornaday Jr. (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Anderson's Maple Syrup
38Mike Garvey (Lakeville, MN)Chevrolet/S&W Services
39Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA)Chevrolet/S&W Services
46Craig Goess (Woodbury, NJ)Toyota/Greenville Toyota
57Norm Benning (Level Green, PA)Chevrolet/TBA
60Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Chevrolet/Red Bull/Fuel Doctor
62Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/South Point Hotel & Casino
63Nick Hoffman (Mooresville, NC)Ford/Mittler Bros. Machine & Tool
65Stephan McCurley (Humble, TX)Chevrolet/Steger Lumber Co.
66Justin Marks (Rocklin, CA)Chevrolet/Go-Pro
73J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/County Building Centers
77Justin Lofton (Westmorland, CA)Toyota/Lofton Cattle
81David Starr (Houston, TX)Toyota/Zachry
88Matt Crafton (Tulare, CA)Chevrolet/Menards
92Clay Rogers (Mooresville, NC)Chevrolet/Fleet HQ/BTS Tire & Wheel
93Shane Sieg (Tucker, GA)Chevrolet/S&W Services
99Bryan Silas (Stuart, FL)Ford/collegecomplete.com
 
* - defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200220032004200520062007200820092010
Johnny Sauter---------------------9thWon
Ron Hornaday Jr---------17th12th6thWon4th2nd
Todd Bodine------15thWon7th7th23rd21st3rd
Austin Dillon------------------------6th
David Starr24th---19th24th8th15th27th17th10th
Timothy Peters------------19th------24th23rd
Matt Crafton10th19th5th27th20th10th21st7th25th
Kyle Busch---------------------------
Clint Bowyer---------------------------
Cole Whitt---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Justin Marks - Started in 25th position and finished 9th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kyle Busch
Darkhorse - Justin Marks
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kyle Busch) - Finished 1st
Last Week's Darkhorse (Cole Whitt) - Finished 3rd
 
NOTES:
Johnny Sauter miraculously held on to his truck when he went sideways with Ron Hornaday Jr. in the closing laps and then held off Hornaday at the finish to win the 2010 O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway.

Sauter led 101 of 167 laps, but Hornaday, who started on the pole, chased him down for the lead with less than 15 laps remaining. When Hornaday attempted to pass Sauter while they were caught in lap traffic, the two bumped into each other and slid up the track towards the turn three wall at roughly a 45-degree angle.

They avoided hitting the wall and regained control of their trucks, with Sauter pulling ahead of Hornaday from there. Sauter beat Hornaday to the finish line by five seconds for his second career truck win. His first victory came last September at the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway -- a track similar to Kansas. NASCAR halted the race for 90 minutes when a heavy thunderstorm moved over the area and dropped marble-size hail on the track after 113 laps were completed.

Following three consecutive fifth-place finishes, Mike Skinner broke through into the winner's circle, as he captured the 2009 O'Reilly Auto Parts 250. The race's first 52 laps were run on the originally scheduled date of Saturday, April 25, while the remainder was completed two days later due to inclement weather. Skinner led three times for a race-high 67 laps, while pole sitter Ron Hornaday Jr, who placed fourth, led twice for 58 laps. Johnny Benson finished second.

After three years of steadily improving in this race, Ron Hornaday Jr came away the victor in 2008, as he clipped Jack Sprague by less than a second for one of six wins that year. Hornaday, who placed 17th, 12th and 6th prior to winning, dominated the race, as he led five times for 136 laps, including the last 55. The victory was the 34th of 47 career Camping World titles.

Back in 2007, Erik Darnell recorded his first career Truck Series title, as he cruised to victory over Rick Crawford. Starting 10th on the grid, Darnell led three times for a total of 92 laps, including the final 56, as he finished over 10 seconds clear of Crawford, who finished runner-up for the second consecutive year. Pole sitter Mike Skinner led the first 58 laps, but finished fifth. The margin of victory, 10.440 seconds, is the fifth largest margin of victory in the NASCAR Truck Series.

When Terry Cook raced to victory in 2006, he clipped Rick Crawford for his sixth career Truck Series title. Starting fifth on the grid, Cook claimed the lead on lap 127 and held on the rest of the way to post a 2.040 seconds win before a crowd of 81,687. Cook led for a total of 41 laps, while pole sitter Mike Skinner, who placed fifth, led for a race-high 59.

In 2005, Todd Bodine recorded his third career Truck title, as he edged Todd Kluever for the win. Bodine, who started in the 10th position on the grid, took the lead for the first time on lap 59, but held it just nine laps. Mike Skinner, who led for the first 30 laps, reclaimed the lead on lap 68, but that was his last lap led, as he finished fourth. Bodine, who's wining margin was just 0.387 of a second, took over on lap 145 and held on the rest of the way for his first win of the 2005 season. Overall, Bodine led three times for 81 laps, while Skinner led four times for 57 laps.

There have been ten different winners at Kansas Speedway. With his win in 2008, Ron Hornaday Jr became the first and only pole sitter to capture this race. Hornaday is a three-time pole sitter at Kansas Speedway. The top-10 positions have won all 10 races.

The next Camping World Truck Series race is the June 10 WinStar World Casino 400k at Texas Speedway. Todd Bodine is the defending race winner.

05/31 13:38:05 ET

As of May 31, 2011, at 01:38 PM ET

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