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Busch stops Hornaday's streak

by Pete McCole
Thursday, August 20, 2009

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Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch played the spoiler in Ron Hornaday’s run for the record books on Wednesday night, scoring his third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory of the season in the O’Reilly 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Looking to become only the second driver in the history of NASCAR’s three major racing series to win six races in a row, Hornaday came up two positions short, finishing third behind Busch and Matt Crafton.

Polesitter Ryan Newman finished fourth, followed by Brian Scott.

Busch, looking for his first truck series victory since his victory at Atlanta in March, stayed near the top five all night, finally pushing his way to the lead past Jason White with a three-wide pass on lap 124.

Busch held on through the next 77 laps - including two late caution flags – to win his second straight race at Bristol.

“I love this place, it’s a fun place to race,” said Busch. “For some reason, I’ve really taken to the new (concrete) surface.

“We knew we were going to come here with a fast truck, we’ve been fast every time we’ve been here, but it was exciting to be able to capitalize like that tonight.”

Already holding the record for the most consecutive wins in the truck series, Hornaday was looking to join seven-time Sprint Cup Champion Richard Petty as the only other driver to win six straight races.

Starting third in one of three entries for team owner Kevin Harvick, Hornaday kept his Chevrolet Silverado near the front of the field for the first quarter of the race, but missed the pit opening the first time around during the first caution flag on lap 36.

The miscue put him deep in the field on the restart and forced him to have to spend the rest of the race fighting his way back to the front.

“That’s what hurt us right there, we lost so much track position,” said Hornaday. “It was my own fault, I should have been paying attention, but I was following the guy in front of me.

“I told Kevin (Harvick) a top-five would be great here. We just run into such bad luck here - we’ve run good, we’ve just run into back luck.”

Despite missing out on his sixth-straight victory, Hornaday still had his eye on the big picture, with his third place finish keeping atop the points in his hunt for his fourth truck series title.

Crafton’s second-place showing allowed him to shave five points off of Hornaday’s lead, and now trails by 211 points.

“You can run third all day long but if Crafton keeps doing that he going to keep getting points on us,” said Hornaday. “It was a good points day for us, so we’ll take it. We got Talladega coming up, we got Martinsville coming up. It’s been quite a ride, and we’re not done yet.”

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 6 51 Kyle Busch Toyota Miccosukee Resort & Gaming / Red Top Auto Auction 190/5 200 Running
2 18 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet Ideal Door / Menards 170/0 200 Running
3 3 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Georgia Boot 165/0 200 Running
4 1 2 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Pringles 165/5 200 Running
5 5 16 Brian Scott Toyota Albertsons 155/0 200 Running
6 7 15 Aric Almirola Toyota Graceway Pharmaceuticals 150/0 200 Running
7 14 24 David Starr Toyota Zachry / Harris Trucking 146/0 200 Running
8 15 11 T.J. Bell Toyota Red Horse Racing 142/0 200 Running
9 23 60 Stacy Compton Toyota SafeAuto Insurance Company 138/0 200 Running
10 8 117 Timothy Peters Toyota Strutmasters.com / Red Horse Racing 134/0 200 Running
11 27 4 J.R. Fitzpatrick * Chevrolet Equipment Express 130/0 200 Running
12 4 6 Colin Braun Ford Con-way Freight 127/0 200 Running
13 22 10 James Buescher * Ford International Maxx Force Diesel 124/0 200 Running
14 10 23 Jason White Dodge GunBroker.com 131/10 200 Running
15 21 25 Terry Cook Toyota Cajun Industries / Harris Trucking 118/0 200 Running
16 11 52 Ken Schrader Chevrolet Federated Auto Parts 115/0 199 Running
17 13 148 Hermie Sadler Chevrolet Victory Junction Gang Camp / Hermie & Elliott Sadler Foundation 112/0 199 Running
18 25 13 Johnny Sauter * Chevrolet Fun Sand / Rodney Atkins / Curb Records 109/0 199 Running
19 9 14 Rick Crawford Ford Circle Bar Truck Corral / International 106/0 198 Running
20 2 5 Mike Skinner Toyota Exide Batteries 108/5 198 Running
21 17 8 Dennis Setzer Chevrolet Malcolmson Construction 100/0 198 Running
22 12 187 Chris Jones * Chevrolet Copy Wizard 97/0 198 Running
23 28 184 Chris Fontaine Chevrolet Glenden Enterprises 94/0 197 Running
24 31 199 Brett Butler Chevrolet Loanmax Title Loans 91/0 196 Running
25 36 85 Brent Raymer * Ford CTR Fabrication 88/0 190 Running
26 20 09 Nate Monteith Toyota Graceway Pharmaceuticals 85/0 181 Running
27 19 07 Chad McCumbee Chevrolet Tiwi / Aerus 82/0 172 Rear End
28 29 9 Max Papis Toyota GEICO 79/0 168 Running
29 33 157 Norm Benning Chevrolet Entergy 76/0 164 Transmission
30 24 129 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet Brad Keselowski Racing 73/0 156 Engine
31 30 81 Tayler Malsam * Toyota One Eighty 70/0 142 Running
32 26 30 Todd Bodine Toyota Ventrilo 67/0 137 Running
33 16 171 Rob Fuller Chevrolet Draco Springs 64/0 74 Engine
34 34 121 Nick Tucker Dodge GunBroker.com / Stock Car Steel 61/0 16 Brakes
35 32 08 Butch Miller Chevrolet ASI Limited 58/0 13 Handling
36 35 47 Wayne Edwards Chevrolet FT-11 Multi-Purpose Degreaser 55/0 7 Over Heating

* Denotes Rookie

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