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Hornaday wins in Milwaukee

NASCAR Truck Race
Saturday, June 20, 2009

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Happy birthday, Ron Hornaday Jr., these things happen a lot in NASCAR.  The Kevin Harvick Inc. driver dominated Saturday's rescheduled Copart 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, winning on his 51st birthday.

"It's a cool day," Hornaday said. "What'd they (say), 'How old are you?' I don't know. I'm in my 50s, now, I guess." 

Bankrupt Chevy also needs some good PR so it was a convenient win for them as well.

Hornaday led 189 of the race's 200 laps and easily beat MRD Motorsports' Dennis Setzer. The race was postponed from Friday night after heavy rain struck the Milwaukee area.

"I hate to tell you but I don't think the truck was that good," Hornaday said.

Say what?

"I think we were just that much better than the rest of them," Hornaday said.

Whatever the case, Hornaday was the class of the field, as crew chief Rick Ren made numerous adjustments after Friday's practice to propel Hornaday to dominance.

"You just can't expect to be as good as we were today," Ren said. "But it sure is a darn nice feeling."

Hornaday took control of the race early, passing Matt Crafton on the third lap and pulling away. Disaster nearly struck later in the race, when a caution came out for Aric Almirola's spin after Hornaday had pitted his No. 33 Chevrolet.

But Hornaday was fast enough to remain on the lead lap, and after the other seven trucks on the lead lap pitted, Hornaday was back in the lead.

Setzer finished second, one second behind Hornaday. Xpress Motorsports driver Brian Scott finished third with a broken right wrist, with Germain Racing's Todd Bodine fourth and Circle Bar Racing's James Buescher fifth.

Sixth through 10th were Stacy Compton (Wyler Racing), Tayler Malsam (Randy Moss Motorsports), Colin Braun (Roush Fenway Racing), David Starr (HT Motorsports) and Terry Cook (HT).

Hornaday dedicated the victory to his wife's mother, who has been in the hospital all week.

"This is probably the eighth race in 30-some years me and my wife's been married that she's missed," Hornaday said. "Her mom is really deathly sick, and she's been in the hospital all week long. ... all she wanted to know was when I was going to race, and she kept calling. Hopefully this will boost her up a little bit."

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 3 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Copart 195/10 200 Running
2 21 8 Dennis Setzer Chevrolet Malcolmson Construction 170/0 200 Running
3 12 16 Brian Scott Toyota Albertsons 165/0 200 Running
4 5 30 Todd Bodine Toyota Copart 165/5 200 Running
5 19 10 James Buescher * Ford International Maxx Force Diesel 155/0 200 Running
6 14 60 Stacy Compton Toyota SafeAuto Insurance Company 150/0 200 Running
7 9 81 Tayler Malsam * Toyota One Eighty 146/0 200 Running
8 13 6 Colin Braun Ford Con-way Freight 142/0 200 Running
9 7 24 David Starr Toyota Zachry / Harris Trucking 138/0 200 Running
10 8 25 Terry Cook Toyota Harris Trucking / Cajun Industries 134/0 200 Running
11 31 129 Mikey Kile Chevrolet Greased Lightning 130/0 200 Running
12 10 14 Rick Crawford Ford Circle Bar Truck Corral / International 127/0 200 Running
13 32 139 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet S&W 124/0 200 Running
14 15 13 Johnny Sauter * Chevrolet Fun Sand / Rodney Atkins / Curb Records 121/0 199 Running
15 1 51 Brian Ickler * Toyota Miccosukee Resort / Samsung Instinct 123/5 199 Running
16 2 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet McGuire-Nicho- las / Menards 120/5 199 Running
17 27 212 Dexter Bean Chevrolet LiveWire Energy 112/0 199 Running
18 6 117 Timothy Peters Toyota Strutmasters.com 109/0 199 Running
19 4 5 Mike Skinner Toyota Randy Moss Motorsports 111/5 198 Running
20 18 15 Aric Almirola Toyota Zaxby's 103/0 198 Running
21 17 4 Ricky Carmichael * Chevrolet Monster Energy 100/0 197 Running
22 30 102 Dillon Oliver Chevrolet Potencia Energy Drink / Piranha Spring Water 97/0 193 Running
23 16 23 Jason White Dodge GunBroker.com 94/0 192 Running
24 23 157 Norm Benning Chevrolet Norm Benning Racing 91/0 188 Running
25 11 07 Chad McCumbee Chevrolet Tiwi 93/5 185 Oil Pump
26 33 189 Mike Harmon Chevrolet Blue Ox / Lafferty Performance PE 82 Transmission
27 22 148 Wayne Edwards Chevrolet Rockingham Speedway Cherry Bomb 200 82/0 42 Brakes
28 20 11 T.J. Bell Toyota Red Horse Racing 79/0 37 Engine
29 28 190 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips 76/0 30 Handling
30 24 47 Brandon Knupp Chevrolet Rockingham Speedway Cherry Bomb 200 / FT-11 Degreaser 73/0 19 Over Heating
31 26 08 Butch Miller Chevrolet ASI Limited 70/0 17 Unknown
32 29 172 Peyton Sellers Chevrolet James Carter Attorney at Law 67/0 10 Ignition
33 25 121 Nick Tucker Dodge Stock Car Steel 64/0 3 Brakes

* Denotes Rookie

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