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Trucks: Hamlin claims first series victory

"It worked out for both of us, other than Denny Hamlin snuck through the middle of both of us and stole the win," he added. "But we'll take it!"

Hornaday still claimed second place, which was enough to boost him up to third place in the Truck Series championship, equal in points with Johnny Sauter who finished in fourth position. They are four points behind James Buescher in second place, who in turn is 11pts off the lead held by Dillon who finished just behind Hornaday at Martinsville.

Unlike their Cup counterparts, at least the Truck regulars got to spend some time on track on the Friday, during which Hornaday had topped the practice timesheets despite a spin that saw him collect team mate Nelson Piquet Jr.

"It was one of those things where I was trying to get a good lap in there, got in the gas and got loose," explained Hornaday about the accident, caused by pushing a little too hard on cold tyres on a cold track.

"Everything was white in front of me," said Piquet, who couldn't see through the tyre smoke from Hornaday's truck. "I just braked and was very slow, and suddenly I touched him." Both trucks were subsequently repaired and able to get back out on track, with Piquet finishing in 13th place in the race.

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