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Ryan Newman wins Atlanta Truck race

by Pete McCole
Saturday, October 25, 2008

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Ryan Newman wins in his first truck race try
Rhonda McCole/AR1.com
Ryan Newman spoiled Ron Hornaday’s dominating performance with a thrilling white-flag-lap pass to win Saturday’s  E-Z-GO 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Newman passed Hornaday on the high side with one lap to go to regain the top spot and held him off to become the fourth driver in series history to win in his first NCTS start.

“I’m not sure if I should retire from the truck series right now, but I don’t think Kevin and DeLana (Harvick) will let me do it,” said Newman. “I didn’t know what to expect, I was pretty loose for the whole race. Hornaday started slipping sometimes off of (turn) four and I started reeling him in a little bit. I got the high line in (turn) one and two, the bottom line in (turn) three and four.”

Hornaday, led three times for 110 laps, picked up five bonus points for leading the most laps in his runner-up effort. Denny Hamlin was third, followed by Todd Bodine and Scott Speed.

Hornaday held the lead for 109 of the first 122 laps before Newman, driving as Hornaday’s teammate for team owner Kevin Harvick, powered past with eight laps to go.

Once out in front, Newman tried to open up some distance, but Hornaday fought back and caught up to Newman, running side by side as the duo came to the start/finish line to take the white flag.

It was then Newman’s turn to battle back, as the 2002 NASCAR Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year held his ground and passed Hornaday on the backstretch, pulling out to a .337-second advantage as they came to the checkered flag.

“Let me tell you, second stinks,” said Hornaday. “We ran good all day, I just missed the corner down there in (turn) two and (Newman) ran me down.

“Ryan ran the top, and I ran the bottom and he started following me down there in (turn) three and four and he figured out the line down there and the draft pulled me around and got me sideways going into (turn) three and he got the momentum.”

Coming into Saturday's race with just 65 points behind Johnny Benson, Hornaday was looking to gain some ground in the tight points race.

After weather conditions washed out qualifying, Benson started in the top spot but quickly fell back with an ill-handling truck as Hornaday stormed to the front on lap 10.

With Hornaday out in front, Benson’s team fought back, struggling to keep the points leader on the lead lap. With the help of some timely yellow flags, Benson managed to recover to finish seventh, allowing him to maintain a 31 point cushion with three races left in the season.

“We definitely didn’t have the week we thought we were going to have,” said Benson. “We started the race and struggled with something. We had something amiss and we just have to try and find it.”

Benson wasn’t the only one in the points battle in trouble, as third-place Matt Crafton and fourth-place Mike Skinner both spent time behind the wall, finishing 29th and 27th respectively.

Despite the championship battle, Harvick insisted there were no team orders for Newman to go easy on Hornaday.

“That’s wishful thinking on (Hornaday’s) part,” said Harvick. “When it comes to winning races, that’s what we’re all here for. If it would have been for fifth or sixth, maybe you think about something about that, but not when it comes to winning.”

Bodine moved up one spot to take third in the points, 218 points back. Erik Darnell jumped up two spots to fourth while Crafton fell to fifth, both 297 points behind the leader.

Results

FIN

ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 10 2 Ryan Newman Chevrolet American Commercial Lines 190/5 130 Running
2 2 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet VFW 180/10 130 Running
3 20 15 Denny Hamlin Toyota Ergon Hyprene 165/0 130 Running
4 5 30 Todd Bodine Toyota Lumber Liquidators 160/0 130 Running
5 11 22 Scott Speed * Toyota Red Bull 155/0 130 Running
6 7 99 Erik Darnell Ford Northern Tool + Equipment 150/0 130 Running
7 1 23 Johnny Benson Toyota Toyota Certified Used Vehicles 146/0 130 Running
8 3 51 Kyle Busch Toyota Miccosukee Resort & Gaming / NOS Energy Drink 147/5 130 Running
9 21 7 T.J. Bell Chevrolet Heathcliff's Cat Litter "Home 4 the Holidays.org" 138/0 130 Running
10 23 16 Brian Scott * Toyota Albertson's 134/0 130 Running
11 18 09 Travis Kvapil Ford Zaxby's 130/0 130 Running
12 8 14 Rick Crawford Ford Circle Bar Truck Corral / Power Stroke Diesel 127/0 130 Running
13 12 60 Jack Sprague Toyota wyler.com 124/0 130 Running
14 14 11 David Starr Toyota Zachry 121/0 130 Running
15 13 8 Chad McCumbee Chevrolet Malcolmson Construction 118/0 130 Running
16 17 10 Brendan Gaughan Ford International Maxx Force Diesel 115/0 129 Running
17 19 81 Donny Lia * Chevrolet Randy Moss Motorsports / NationRides.com 112/0 129 Running
18 27 08 Jason White Dodge Gunbroker.com 109/0 129 Running
19 9 18 Dennis Setzer Dodge Landmark Dodge 106/0 129 Running
20 15 6 Colin Braun * Ford Con-way Freight 103/0 128 Running
21 24 21 Jon Wood Ford Aquasun Motorsports 100/0 128 Running
22 22 13 Shelby Howard Chevrolet FarmPaint.com 97/0 127 Running
23 26 40 Jeff Green Chevrolet Microtel Inns & Suites 94/0 127 Running
24 29 212 Mario Gosselin Chevrolet CrashedToys.com 91/0 127 Running
25 25 9 Chrissy Wallace Toyota Germain.com 88/0 126 Running
26 6 5 Mike Skinner Toyota Toyota Tundra 85/0 126 Running
27 32 185 Brent Raymer Ford VehiCare 82/0 125 Running
28 16 59 Terry Cook Toyota Team ASE / Harris Trucking 79/0 125 Running
29 4 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet Moen / Menards 76/0 85 Running
30 33 189 Richard Johns Chevrolet Lafferty Performance PE 5 Transmission
31 31 157 Norm Benning Chevrolet Benning Racing 70/0 4 Rear End
32 28 07 Butch Miller Chevrolet ASI Limited 67/0 3 Ignition
33 30 0 Wayne Edwards Chevrolet ASI Limited 64/0 2 Handling

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