NASCAR »

Hornaday takes four in a row in Truck series

Ron Hornaday Jr became the first driver to win four straight races in the 15-year history of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Friday, taking the AAA Insurance 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park.

Hornaday held off Mike Skinner by 0.202secs in a tight battle on the 0.686-mile track following the final restart with ten laps remaining.

“I have to thank Kevin and DeLana [Harvick],” Hornaday said of his team owners, “People ask me how I do it, and it is those two people right there. They just keep putting trucks underneath us, getting the right employees, just so. Awesome. Four in a row, that's cool. Three has been done, and to do this says a lot.”

Hornaday was one of five drivers to have won three in a row in the series, doing so in 1997, but the O'Reilly victory was his fifth of the season and 44th of his career, topping the series. It was also Hornaday's third truck series win at ORP.

The veteran passed Todd Bodine on lap 169 of 200 to take the lead for the final time, having been second for a restart three laps earlier. Hornaday exited turn two on the outside of Bodine and passed him cleanly on the outside entering turn three. Bodine was then hit from behind and sent into a spin by Colin Braun two laps later, with his assailant moving up to second.

Skinner passed Braun exiting turn four on lap 191 and challenged Hornaday side-by-side coming to the line on lap 198, when the white flag was mistakenly waved. They continued to race, taking a second white flag on lap 199, before Skinner lost his chance to overtake when he ran into a lapped truck in turns three and four.

“Ronnie did a good job,” Skinner said, “He beat us. We just got outrun.”

Aric Almirola came back from an early tyre problem that put him a lap down to finish third, his best finish in 38 starts in the series.

“Congrats to Hornaday,” Almirola said. “Four in a row. That's incredible.”

Dennis Setzer finished fourth and Braun was fifth.

Hornaday, already a three-time champion in the truck series, extended his lead in the 2009 standings to 174 points over Skinner, who started second and led the opening 61 laps, until Hornaday passed him for the first time and held the upper hand until lap 96, when he made his first pit-stop.

Kyle Busch, who had already made one stop, took the lead from Hornaday on lap 97 and led 49 straight laps until Bodine overtook him on lap 146. Hornaday passed Busch two laps later on the inside of turn one. Busch finished 10th.

by Tim Tuttle / Special to the Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service


Tagged as: truck , Ron Hornaday

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Ron Hornaday celebrates Truck Series success at O`Reilly   [pic credit: NASCAR/Getty]
Darrell Wallace Jr. , driver of the #54 ToyotaCare Toyota, celebrates after winning the Camping World Truck 2nd Annual 1-800 Car Cash Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 23, 2014 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Darrell Wallace Jr., driver of the #54 ToyotaCare Toyota, does a burnout after winning the Camping World Truck 2nd Annual 1-800 Car Cash Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 23, 2014 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Darrell Wallace Jr., driver of the #54 ToyotaCare Toyota, celebrates after winning the Camping World Truck 2nd Annual 1-800 Car Cash Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 23, 2014 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Darrell Wallace Jr., driver of the #54 ToyotaCare Toyota, celebrates after winning the Camping World Truck 2nd Annual 1-800 Car Cash Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 23, 2014 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Tony Stewart presents Darrell Wallace Jr. , driver of the #54 ToyotaCare Toyota, with the trophy after winning the Camping World Truck 2nd Annual 1-800 Car Cash Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 23, 2014 in Rossburg, Ohio.  (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Darrell Wallace Jr., driver of the #54 ToyotaCare Toyota, wins the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 2nd Annual 1-800 Car Cash Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 23, 2014 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brian Scott, driver of the #2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet, leads Ryan Blaney, driver of the #22 Hertz Ford, during the NASCAR Nationwide Series EnjoyIllinois.com 300 race at Chicagoland Speedway on July 19, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Chase Elliott, drive driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning during the NASCAR Nationwide Series EnjoyIllinios.com 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on July 19, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series EnjoyIllinois.com 300 race at Chicagoland Speedway on July 19, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series EnjoyIllinois.com 300 race at Chicagoland Speedway on July 19, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 Napa Auto Parts Chevrolet, wins the EnjoyIllinois.com 300 race at Chicagoland Speedway on July 19, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Cars race after a restart lead by Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 Napa Auto Parts Chevrolet (L), Ryan Blaney, driver of the #22 Hertz Ford and Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Cartwheel by Target Chevrolet (R) during the EnjoyIllinois.com 300 race at Chicagoland Speedway on July 19, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Erik Jones, driver of the #51 ToyotaCare Toyota, celebrates after winning the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway on July 11, 2014 in Newton, Iowa. (Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Erik Jones driver of the #51 ToyotaCare Toyota celebrates after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series American Ethanol 200 presented by Enogen at the Iowa Speedway on July 11, 2014 in Newton, Iowa. (Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Darrell Wallace Jr., driver of the #54 ToyotaCare Toyota, and Erik Jones, driver of the #51 ToyotaCare Toyota, lead the field during a restart of the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway on July 11, 2014 in Newton, Iowa. (Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Erik Jones, driver of the #51 ToyotaCare Toyota, celebrates after winning at Iowa Speedway on July 11, 2014 in Newton, Iowa. (Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Erik Jones, driver of the #51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Camping World Truck Series car (Photo Credit: NASCAR)

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.