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07/24/10
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Hornaday Jr. Ends 22-race Winless Streak
The back-to-basics approach seems to work for Ron Hornaday Jr. and the No. 33 Kevin Harvick Inc. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team.

Hornaday Jr. snapped a 22-race winless streak in the truck series Friday night, winning the AAA Insurance 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park.

Watched by team owner Kevin Harvick, Hornaday led 129 laps and beat runner-up Kyle Busch by 2.095 seconds for his first victory since Aug. 1 of last year at Nashville Superspeedway.

Hornaday credited crew chief Ernie Cope — who rejoined the truck team while maintaining his crew chief job with the KHI NASCAR Nationwide Series group — with helping turn things around.

"We couldn't do it without Ernie Cope and all these guys on this Chevrolet," Hornaday said. "They worked their guts out, changing the truck after last weekend. It's just a great day. Hopefully it keeps a little bit quiet. It took Ernie to come over here and settle everybody down. The guys were getting a little anxious. We know we've got a winning team. We just had to prove it to them."

What did Cope do for Hornaday?

"We just kind of went back to what we call our basic package," Cope said. "We've had people come in and try to do their own thing. I know everyone wants to make an identity for themselves, but it wasn't working. We had to make changes. We just went back to basics here with Ron and let him drive the truck, don't try to do nothing trick. We just went to basics and let him do his job. You're going to win a lot of races when you do that with Ron Hornaday."

Hornaday chipped in, too, trying to change his luck to get back to the winner's circle.

"I changed my tennis shoes, changed all my luck stuff," Hornaday said. "I just (went) back to my basic (of) come to the racetrack and try to kick butt, and it seems to be working."

The victory was Hornaday's fourth at ORP in 11 starts at the 0.686-mile short track. He led 67 laps in winning the race here in 2009 and has won three of the last four at the facility.

The key moment of the race came on Lap 153, when Hornaday squirted past Busch and polesitter Timothy Peters for the lead in Turns 3 and 4. Busch was trying to pass Peters on the high side but was blocked by Peters, opening the door for Hornaday.

"That's one the things you've got to remember about this place," Busch said. "You can dive-bomb the bottom really fast and pull a slide job on somebody, and he did it so well that I was still stuck behind the 17, so I couldn't even turn back underneath him and do it back to (Hornaday) in the next corner."

Said Hornaday: "Timothy was kind of backing up the corners, so once I got under Kyle, I kind of pinned him back there. We never touched or anything, but that's what you've got to do here at ORP."

Busch finished second after practicing his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Matt Crafton was third, with Johnny Sauter fourth and James Buescher fifth.

Austin Dillon was sixth, with Todd Bodine seventh, Brad Sweet eighth, David Starr ninth and Peters 10th.

Bodine's series points lead grew to 177 over Aric Almirola, who finished 31st after being involved in a Lap 96 accident with Narain Karthikeyan and Mario Gosselin.

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 5 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Georgia Boot 195/10 200 Running
2 2 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Kyle Busch Motorsports 170/0 200 Running
3 4 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet Menards / Ideal Door 165/0 200 Running
4 9 13 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet SealMaster / Curb Records 160/0 200 Running
5 3 31 James Buescher Chevrolet Wolfpack Rentals 155/0 200 Running
6 12 3 Austin Dillon * Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Remington Arms / Tracker 150/0 200 Running
7 6 30 Todd Bodine Toyota Germain.com 146/0 200 Running
8 14 90 Brad Sweet Toyota Great Clips / Wyndham Indianapolis West 142/0 200 Running
9 10 81 David Starr Toyota PC Miler 138/0 200 Running
10 1 17 Timothy Peters Toyota Red Horse Racing 139/5 200 Running
11 11 2 Shelby Howard Chevrolet Foretravel Motorcoach 130/0 200 Running
12 16 192 Dennis Setzer Chevrolet fleetHQ.com / BTS Tire & Wheel Distributors 127/0 200 Running
13 24 23 Jason White Dodge ASI Limited /Akzo Nobel / GunBroker.com 124/0 200 Running
14 21 4 Ricky Carmichael Chevrolet Monster Energy 121/0 199 Running
15 7 5 Mike Skinner Toyota International Trucks 118/0 199 Running
16 19 07 Donny Lia Chevrolet ASI Limited 115/0 198 Running
17 15 15 Johanna Long Toyota Panhandle / Race for Riley 112/0 197 Running
18 27 21 Butch Miller Dodge ASI Limited 109/0 196 Running
19 22 46 J C Stout Dodge Team Gill Racing 106/0 196 Running
20 23 60 Narain Karthikeyan Chevrolet SafeAuto Insurance Company 103/0 196 Running
21 33 47 Brett Butler * Chevrolet Fuel Doctor 100/0 195 Running
22 34 57 Norm Benning Chevrolet Norm Benning Racing 97/0 195 Running
23 26 63 Nick Hoffman Toyota Mittler Bros. Machine & Tool 94/0 195 Running
24 17 12 Mario Gosselin Chevrolet TireMonkey.com / James Carter Attorney 91/0 194 Running
25 18 93 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet S&W Towing 88/0 193 Running
26 32 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb * Ford drivenmale.com / DriverBoutique.com 85/0 191 Running
27 28 01 Joe Aramendia Chevrolet Koma Unwind Chillaxation Drink 82/0 191 Running
28 35 6 Ryan Rust Dodge Lilly Trucking of Virginia 79/0 189 Running
29 13 7 Justin Lofton * Toyota VisitPIT.com 76/0 172 Running
30 36 89 Chris Lafferty Chevrolet Lafferty Performance / Blue Ox / Handy Helper 73/0 167 Susp.
31 8 51 Aric Almirola Toyota Zyclara by Graceway Pharmaceutica-ls 70/0 95 Accident
32 30 48 Michelle Theriault Chevrolet Pro Gold / VP Parts Warehouse 67/0 52 Overheating
33 25 85 Brent Raymer Ford Ford. Drive one. 64/0 34 Vibration
34 29 124 Mike Harmon Ford Lafferty Performance 61/0 28 Alternator
35 31 39 Mike Garvey Chevrolet S&W Towing 58/0 8 Electrical
36 20 187 Chris Jones Chevrolet Copy Wizard 55/0 6 Accident

* Denotes Rookie

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