Monday, January 26, 2009

Hornaday not making friends at Irwindale

Ron Hornaday Jr., (pictured above) the winningest driver in NASCAR Truck Series history, the three-time Truck Series champ, did not receive a warm reception from the fans and other drivers in the Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale.
He and Brian Ickler crashed about midway through the Showdown. It looked like Hornaday was responsible for the wreck that took Ickler out of contention.
On a restart on lap 141, Hornaday, who was in third place at the time, tried to pass Ickler in turn 1. Instead, Hornaday got into the side of Icker's car and started a chain reaction crash that took out a good chunk of the race leaders. Hornaday was able to drive away from the crash and was booed by the fans as he sped away.
When the race resumed, Joey Logano was in the lead, Hornaday was a lap down and Ickler was in the infield, waiting for his car to be repaired.
"Obviously (Ickler's) car looked like it was good," said Jason Bowles, a driver from Ontario who finished third in the Showdown. "He always runs good here. It was one of those deals, I’m not sure what Hornaday was thinking there. I know he’s a professional, but that was a little rough. He went from about fifth to lead it. I know that ain’t going to work."

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