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Hornaday Jr. Beats Texas Jinx

Wins Sam's Town 400 Truck race
Saturday, June 07, 2008

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Ron Hornaday Jr. celebrates
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Ron Hornaday Jr. made one of his trademark masterful restarts on a green-white-checkered flag restart and kept Kyle Busch in his mirrors for the final two laps to win the Sam's Town 400 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race Friday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Busch started at the back of the 35-truck field after missing Thursday's qualifying and practice sessions. He flew to Fort Worth after qualifying Friday for the Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa.

For the next-to-last restart on Lap 157, Busch was fourth, the highest he'd been to that point in the race. He darted to the inside to pass Jack Sprague's Chevrolet in Turn 1 and went past Johnny Benson's Toyota on the backstretch to move up to second.

Hornaday had a comfortable lead over Busch, but an accident involving Scott Speed and Marc Mitchell sent the race, scheduled for 167 laps on the 1.5-mile track, into overtime.

"I wanted to win this race so bad and Kyle got up there," Hornaday said.

On the final restart, Hornaday's Chevrolet hugged the inside, as the driver of the No. 33 put his left-front wheel next to the grass exiting Turn 4, to take away the move Busch had used to overtake Sprague.

"I think maybe he (Busch) spun the tires," Hornaday said. "We were having some problems in Turn 2 and we got the truck up on the high side to get through there."

Busch's Toyota closed up on Hornaday's bumper on the backstretch, but never was able to get alongside.

Hornaday won by .283 seconds, about two truck lengths.

“I drove my heart out,” Hornaday said. “I wanted to win this race bad. I won Texas, woo-hoo! But it was a team victory.”

It was Hornaday's first win at Texas in 11 starts, his second of the season and the 35th of his CTS career. Hornaday moved into the points lead by 45 over Matt Crafton, who finished seventh.

Hornaday led 140 of 172 laps, including the last 57.

Busch climbed into the top 10 in 70 laps, but needed another 50 to get into the top five.

"The truck was terrible at the beginning," Busch said. "It was absolute junk. We had about an 11th place truck at the start and got it to about an eighth-place truck."

J.R. Norris practiced and qualified Busch's Toyota.

"J.R. and the guys did what they could do, but nobody drives like I do," Busch said. "It's hard to find a guy to set it up how I like it. We finished second for (owner) Billy Ballew. That's what matters most."

Benson finished third, followed by Sprague and Todd Bodine. Hornaday reclaimed the points lead by 45 over Matt Crafton, who finished seventh.

Results

FIN

ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 3 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Camping World/ RVs.com 195/10 172 Running
2 17 51 Kyle Busch Toyota Miccosukee Resort & Gaming / NOS Energy Drink 170/0 172 Running
3 15 23 Johnny Benson Toyota Int'l Brangus Breeders Assoc. OptimaxX 170/5 172 Running
4 8 2 Jack Sprague Chevrolet RoadLoans.com 165/5 172 Running
5 6 30 Todd Bodine Toyota Lumber Liquidators 155/0 172 Running
6 10 8 Chad McCumbee Chevrolet Malcolmson Construction 150/0 172 Running
7 24 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet Vertis / Menards 146/0 172 Running
8 13 09 Bobby East Ford Zaxby's 142/0 172 Running
9 2 5 Mike Skinner Toyota Toyota Tundra 138/0 172 Running
10 4 21 Jon Wood Ford U.S. Air Force 134/0 172 Running
11 9 18 Dennis Setzer Dodge Bobby Hamilton Racing-Va. 130/0 172 Running
12 23 15 Marc Mitchell * Toyota Ergon Hyprene 127/0 172 Running
13 28 16 Brian Scott * Chevrolet Albertson's 124/0 172 Running
14 1 9 Justin Marks * Toyota Construct Corps 126/5 172 Running
15 21 10 Brendan Gaughan Ford International Maxx Force Diesel 118/0 172 Running
16 12 60 Terry Cook Toyota wyler.com 115/0 172 Running
17 11 46 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Morgan-Dollar Motorsports 112/0 172 Running
18 31 07 Ryan Lawler Chevrolet Manheim's Dealers Auto Auction of Dallas 114/5 172 Running
19 25 71 Donny Lia * Chevrolet NationRides.com / Zurich 106/0 172 Running
20 19 13 Shelby Howard Chevrolet Bobcat 108/5 172 Running
21 5 14 Rick Crawford Ford Circle Bar Truck Corral / Power Stroke Diesel 100/0 172 Running
22 20 6 Colin Braun * Ford Con-way Freight 97/0 172 Running
23 30 63 P.J. Jones Ford Dave Porter Truck Sales 94/0 171 Running
24 22 99 Erik Darnell Ford Northern Tool + Equipment 91/0 168 Running
25 29 40 Chad Chaffin Chevrolet Key Motorsports 88/0 165 Running
26 16 22 Scott Speed * Toyota Red Bull 85/0 164 Accident
27 7 11 David Starr Toyota PIT Corporate Training 82/0 147 Accident
28 14 59 Ted Musgrave Toyota Team ASE / Harris Trucking 79/0 146 Engine
29 27 08 Jason White Dodge Gunbroker.com 81/5 119 Accident
30 18 4 Stacy Compton Dodge Blake Fulenwider Dodge 73/0 76 Transmission
31 26 7 T.J. Bell Chevrolet Heathcliff's Cat Litter "Home 4 the Holidays" 70/0 39 Engine
32 32 0 Butch Miller Chevrolet ASI Limited 67/0 11 Transmission
33 34 73 Nick Tucker Dodge Derrike Cope Inc. 64/0 9 Ignition
34 35 136 J C Stout Ford Mittler Bros. Machine 61/0 4 Vibration
35 33 74 Larry Gunselman Dodge Derrike Cope Inc. 58/0 2 Electrical
*Rookie

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