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Hornaday wins at Loudon
It was business as usual for Ron Hornaday Jr.

The king of restarts in NASCAR's Craftsman Truck Series, Hornaday held off Johnny Benson and Travis Kvapil through a series of five late-race cautions Saturday to win the Camping World RV Rental 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

In a four-lap dash to close the race, Hornaday beat Benson to the finish line by .960 seconds, with Kvapil running third and Erik Darnell and Rick Crawford finishing fourth and fifth, respectively.

Hornaday's fifth victory of the season and his second in a row was his 38th in 218 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts. In winning and leading 149 of the 200 laps at the 1.058-mile flat track, Hornaday trimmed Benson's series lead to from 94 to 74 points with seven events left on the 2008 schedule.

A day earlier, Hornaday, No. 33 truck owner Kevin Harvick and NASCAR vice president of corporate communications Jim Hunter had appeared at a press conference at NHMS to explain Hornaday's use of testosterone cream in 2004-2006 for a medical condition ultimately diagnosed as Graves Disease.

In NASCAR's judgment, Hunter said, Hornaday did nothing wrong and was cleared to race.

Race he did, taking the lead for the final time while Kvapil dodged the spinning truck of Timothy Peters after a restart on Lap 158. Hornaday, however, was more concerned that he didn't gain more ground on Benson.

"Oh, Johnny, he always saves it for the last 50 laps, don't he?" said Hornaday, who won for the third time at Loudon. "First and second -- but we led the most laps. He was running sixth or seventh again. . . but he drove right up to the front, so he's going to be a tough competitor, and it's going to come right down to (the final race at) Homestead again. . .

"It's been a long week, but I have to thank everyone that's supported me on this deal."

Kvapil had gained enormous ground during a series of green-flag pit stops that had cycled through by Lap 138. During and after the exchange on pit road, Kvapil turned a 1.7-second deficit into a lead of more than four seconds by the time David Starr's No. 11 Toyota slid into Donny Lia's No. 81 Randy Moss Motorsports Chevrolet in Turn 1, causing the fourth caution of the race on Lap 151.

Moments after the subsequent restart on Lap 158, Hornaday nosed ahead, claiming the lead before the caution flag flew for Peters' spin in Turn 2.

"We were running great lap times, and it just took my truck three or four laps to get going after a restart," Kvapil said. "I was concerned when that caution came out with Ron behind me. He's always good at restarts, and I think the 17 truck (Peters) got down inside of me and got in there too hot -- a lapped truck -- and got loose, got up into me.

"He spun out, and I had to go way up the track to avoid that, and that's when Ron slipped by. . . We definitely had a long-run truck, and we had a bunch of cautions there at the end that hurt me."

Three more cautions followed in short order, with a four-car pileup involving Colin Braun, Brendan Gaughan, Jack Sprague and Matt Crafton bringing out the eighth yellow flag on Lap 185.

Hornaday held the lead for a restart on Lap 192, the same lap on which Benson passed Kvapil for the second position. Caution flew for the ninth and final time on Lap 194 after contact from Starr sent Todd Bodine barreling into the Turn 2 wall.

Before Hornaday could begin his celebration in victory lane, a brawl erupted on pit road between the Bodine and Starr crews, after Bodine ran into the rear bumper of Starr's truck on the cool-down lap. It took considerable effort on the part of NASCAR officials to break up the fight.

NASCAR will review the incident and will announce penalties to members of the teams, if warranted, early next week.



1 2 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Camping World/ RVs.com 195/10 200 Running
2 1 23 Johnny Benson Toyota Toyota Certified Used Vehicles 175/5 200 Running
3 19 09 Travis Kvapil Ford Zaxby's 170/5 200 Running
4 8 99 Erik Darnell Ford Northern Tool + Equipment 165/5 200 Running
5 7 14 Rick Crawford Ford Circle Bar Truck Corral / Power Stroke Diesel 155/0 200 Running
6 4 51 Kyle Busch Toyota Miccosukee Resort & Gaming / NOS Energy Drink 150/0 200 Running
7 14 11 David Starr Toyota K&N Filters 151/5 200 Running
8 25 16 Brian Scott * Chevrolet Albertson's 142/0 200 Running
9 9 2 Jack Sprague Chevrolet Camping World/ RVs.com 138/0 200 Running
10 24 7 T.J. Bell Chevrolet Heathcliff's Cat Litter "Home 4 the Holidays.org" 134/0 200 Running
11 13 8 Chad McCumbee Chevrolet Malcolmson Construction 130/0 200 Running
12 3 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet Sylvania / Menards 132/5 200 Running
13 23 9 David Reutimann Toyota Construct Corps 124/0 200 Running
14 21 13 Shelby Howard Chevrolet FarmPaint.com 121/0 200 Running
15 6 5 Mike Skinner Toyota Toyota Tundra 118/0 200 Running
16 10 18 Dennis Setzer Dodge AutoServNH.com 115/0 200 Running
17 15 59 Ted Musgrave Toyota Team ASE / Harris Trucking 112/0 200 Running
18 11 60 Terry Cook Toyota wyler.com 114/5 200 Running
19 5 30 Todd Bodine Toyota Lumber Liquidators 111/5 200 Running
20 16 10 Brendan Gaughan Ford International Maxx Force Diesel 103/0 199 Running
21 20 15 Jason White Toyota Gunbroker.com 100/0 199 Running
22 22 21 Keven Wood Ford U.S. Air Force 97/0 198 Running
23 32 117 Timothy Peters Dodge Premier Racing 94/0 197 Running
24 12 22 Michael Annett Toyota Pilot Travel Centers 91/0 197 Running
25 26 40 Paul Poulter Chevrolet Key Motorsports 88/0 195 Running
26 29 191 J C Stout Chevrolet Sewer Specialties Company 85/0 194 Running
27 31 212 Mario Gosselin Chevrolet A. Colarusso & Son, Inc. / Denmark Construction 82/0 193 Running
28 17 6 Colin Braun * Ford Con-way Freight 79/0 185 Accident
29 18 81 Donny Lia * Chevrolet NationRides.com 76/0 150 Accident
30 27 08 Bobby Dotter Dodge Gunbroker.com 73/0 51 Radiator
31 28 07 Butch Miller Chevrolet ASI Limited 70/0 18 Axle
32 30 0 Mike Olsen Chevrolet ASI Limited 67/0 4 Ignition
33 33 157 Norm Benning Chevrolet Benning Racing 64/0 1 Rear End

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