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Harvick Rallies To Win Truck Race

Hornaday Clinches Fourth Title
Saturday, November 14, 2009


Kevin Harvick celebrates winning the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway, his second victory of the season.
Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR
Kevin Harvick held off Kyle Busch to take the checkered flag in Friday night's Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway, but the big winner was Ron Hornaday Jr., who secured his record fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship with a fourth-place finish at the one-mile track, driving the No. 33 Chevrolet owned by Harvick.

Harvick won the race despite bringing out the first caution, on Lap 6, with a spin off Turn 4. Hornaday, at 51 the oldest champion of a major NASCAR touring series, overcame an early penalty to claim the series title by finishing ahead of Matt Crafton, the only driver with an outside chance to overtake him.

Crafton came home eighth and heads to the final event Nov. 20 at Homestead-Miami Speedway locked into second in the series standings.

In a green-white-checkered-flag finish that took the race one lap past its scheduled distance of 150 laps, Harvick won the race under caution after Tayler Malsam wrecked on the final lap. Aric Almirola was third, followed by Hornaday and polesitter Johnny Sauter.

"To see Hornaday lock up the championship tonight and win the race, I don't think you could script it much better," said Harvick, who at one point slept on Hornaday's black leather couch when he was trying to make a name for himself in racing.

"I thought I had screwed it up there in the beginning. I thought I got in oil. I about spun out in the turn before down there and came down here and just spun out, and (crew chief) Ernie (Cope) said the tire was bald when we came in. It just kind of took me a while to get back in the swing of things. I had lost a little bit of confidence in the truck.

"We got a little tight and made an adjustment there on the last stop and just came on strong."

Ron Hornaday Jr. celebrates winning his fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship. Hornaday is the oldest driver to win a championship in NASCAR's three national series.
Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR
Hornaday broke a tie for most series championships with his close friend Jack Sprague, who is not active in the series this year. And even at 51, Hornaday is confident he can add to his championship total.

"We're not done," Hornaday said. "As long as Kevin and DeLana will still have me, we're going to win some more. … When you drive Kevin and DeLana's equipment, you feel like you're 18 years old."

On Lap 6, Harvick slid up the track into Almirola's Toyota and spun toward the infield, but neither truck lost a lap because of the accident.

In fact, Almirola passed Busch for the lead on Lap 44 and stretched his advantage to 3.3 seconds by Lap 65. Harvick was running third by then, having changed tires on Lap 35, under caution for Brad Sweet's spin in Turn 3.

Hornaday drew a penalty for improper fueling under caution on Lap 35, when the fuel-filler can was inserted into the receptacle on the truck before the catch can was in place. Faced with restarting from the rear of the field, Hornaday returned to pit road for tires and gradually worked his way through the field.

By Lap 81, Hornaday was 12th, seven positions behind Crafton, who had not stopped for tires. Hornaday passed Crafton in the pits on Lap 92 -- under caution called when Wheeler Boys slowed on the backstretch -- after Crafton was forced to retrieve a dropped lug nut.

Hornaday restarted seventh on Lap 96 and quickly gained two positions, while Crafton remained mired in ninth place until he slipped past David Starr for eighth on Lap 107.


1 2 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Longhorn Smokeless Tobacco 195/10 151 Running
2 4 51 Kyle Busch Toyota Miccosukee Resort / Graceway Pharmaceutica-ls 175/5 151 Running
3 5 15 Aric Almirola Toyota / Graceway Pharmaceuticals 170/5 151 Running
4 3 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet VFW 160/0 151 Running
5 1 13 Johnny Sauter * Chevrolet Fun Sand / Rodney Atkins / Curb Records 160/5 151 Running
6 12 5 Mike Skinner Toyota Exide Batteries 150/0 151 Running
7 6 25 Mike Bliss Toyota Harris Trucking 146/0 151 Running
8 14 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet Australian Gold 142/0 151 Running
9 18 24 David Starr Toyota Zachry 138/0 151 Running
10 9 60 Stacy Compton Toyota SafeAuto Insurance Company 134/0 151 Running
11 8 16 Brian Scott Toyota Albertsons 130/0 151 Running
12 10 30 Todd Bodine Toyota Copart 127/0 151 Running
13 22 11 T.J. Bell Toyota Red Horse Rcg/ 124/0 151 Running
14 15 14 Rick Crawford Ford Circle Bar Truck Corral / International 121/0 151 Running
15 7 07 Chad McCumbee Chevrolet Valvoline "Fuel Proof Guarantee" / Tiwi 118/0 151 Running
16 16 117 Timothy Peters Toyota / Red Horse Racing 115/0 151 Running
17 19 81 Tayler Malsam * Toyota One Eighty 112/0 151 Running
18 13 231 Ricky Carmichael * Chevrolet Monster Energy 109/0 150 Running
19 20 171 Kevin Conway Chevrolet Extenze 106/0 150 Running
20 24 161 Brett Thompson Dodge Rich Thompson Trucking Inc. 103/0 149 Running
21 27 08 Jamie Dick Chevrolet Viva Auto Group / Inventory Sales Co. 100/0 147 Running
22 23 190 Brad Sweet Toyota Great Clips 97/0 147 Running
23 21 10 James Buescher * Ford International Maxx Force Diesel 94/0 145 Accident
24 29 212 Derek White Chevrolet / James Carter Attorney / 91/0 144 Running
25 33 157 Norm Benning Chevrolet Reaxion Energy Drinks 88/0 142 Running
26 25 250 Wheeler Boys Dodge USANA Health Sciences 85/0 134 Running
27 35 137 Robbie Brand Ford Lagunitas Brewing Co. 82/0 133 Running
28 11 6 Colin Braun Ford Con-Way Frght/ 79/0 114 Ignition
29 26 122 Tim George Jr. Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing Development 76/0 113 Accident
30 30 148 Dan Brode Chevrolet Rockingham Speedway Polar Bear 150 73/0 61 Clutch
31 28 47 Richard Harriman Chevrolet FT-11 Multi-Purpose Degreaser 70/0 54 Brakes
32 32 105 Wayne Edwards Dodge Chrome Soda PE 16 Brakes
33 17 23 Jason White Dodge GunBroker Racing 64/0 11 Engine
34 34 121 Nick Tucker Dodge Red Rocks Cafe 61/0 9 Electrical
35 36 189 Chris Lafferty Chevrolet Blue Ox / Lafferty Performance PE 7 Engine
36 31 102 Terry Cook Chevrolet Koma Unwind / 55/0 3 Brakes

* Denotes Rookie

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