9 July 2006
Press Snoop: Hornaday takes 29th Truck win.
...the latest news from around the world, courtesy of press snoop Lynne Huntting.
RON HORNADAY JR/#33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet won the Built Ford tough 225 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway.
This was his twenty-ninth victory in 163 starts, and he did it after starting twenty-second in the 36-truck field. This was the second victory this season for two-time Truck champion, who has more victories in the series than any other driver. All of Hornaday's wins have been with Chevrolet. He moved up from tenth to sixth in the standings.
Hornaday said: "We've been working real hard and we did everything we could to the front of the truck and did the best we can to get this thing turned around. I've really got to thank Kevin and Delana Harvick and RCR. I also appreciate what Rick Carelli has done and Stacey Compton and all these guys that helped us win tonight. Wow, what a motor we had tonight. It's pretty awesome to see this Silverado in victory lane. You know, we don't have a sponsor yet, but I got to thank Snap-On and everybody that supports our team because it takes the whole big picture to perform like this and these guys just keep on digging."
Hornaday, 48, beat RICK CRAWFORD/#14 Circle Bar Ford by 0.586 seconds. Crawford, who started twenty-third, battled fiercely with a charging BRENDAN GAUGHN/#77 The Orleans Hotel Dodge. JOHNNY BENSON/#23 Toyota Tundra finished fourth, followed by DAVID RAGAN/#6 Scott's Miracle-Gro Ford.
The top four finishers represented each of the four manufacturers in the Truck Series.
ERIK DARNELL/#99 Roush Racing Ford was the top finishing Rookie, in tenth place, after starting sixth.
Pole sitter MARCOS AMBROSE/#20 Aussie Experience/Aussie Vineyards Ford finished nineteenth after suffering handling problems which occurred after his pit stop. He led twice for 49 laps, more than any other driver in the 150-lap race. Ambrose is the first Rookie to qualify on pole since 2004. This was just the tenth Truck race for the transplanted Australian V8 driver. It is also his tenth race of any kind in the United States.
After the race, Ambrose said his Truck was fast out front. "We just worked out a really good way to lose that race, I guess. We're learning all the time and I'm learning behind the wheel, and we're learning as a team. We showed a lot of promise this weekend. We can't be ashamed of ourselves. We showed a lot of car speed out there, we led a lot of laps, and we've come such a long way in a couple of races. You know, we'll forget about this result in a couple of days and we'll look forward to the next race."
Ambrose never questioned the pit strategy. "I'm not going second-guess the crew chief. He's got an important job to do and he sees the race clearer than I can. I've got a lot of respect in Gary (Cogswell, crew chief) and we'll work out a way to work together better and get a better result when we find ourselves in a similar situation."
Asked if he left the track hanging his head, he said: "No, no way. We led laps. We had a great truck to start that race and we just got tight behind trucks around us, and it's just experience. I've got to get better at racing in traffic, and we've got to get better at setting the truck up for those conditions."
Ambrose races for the Wood brothers. Had he won the race, it would have been the first time a driver outside North America ever won a Truck race. The only non-Yankee so far to be victorious in the 12-year old series is RON FELLOWS of Canada, who won Watkins Glen twice, 1997 and 1999.
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