Monday, August 3, 2009

Hornaday wins record fifth straight NASCAR Truck Series race

Ron Hornaday Jr. is breaking NASCAR Camping World Truck Series records at, well, a record pace these days.
He won his fifth Truck Series race in a row on Saturday and set a record for most consecutive wins. Hornaday won at Nashville Speedway and became the first Truck Series driver to win five straight races. It was also the 45th win of his Truck Series career, more than any other driver.
“Honestly, this is just unbelievable," said Hornaday, a former Saugus Speedway champ. "I know I have been saying that a lot lately, but it is. Five in a row. Wow! This is pretty cool. I’m so proud that I finally got a Sam Bass guitar. I’ve wanted one for so many years and to finally achieve that it’s pretty cool. I have to thank the fans for sticking around through the rain and all of these guys behind this truck. I could not have achieved any of this without them, they are a hard working bunch of guys and they have earned every one of these wins.”
Hornaday joins Ricahrd Petty and Bobby Allison as the only driver to win five NASCAR national events in a row.

Photo: Record breaking duo Ron Hornaday Jr. and Crew Chief Rick Ren celebrate in Victory Lane after grabbing their fifth consecutive win. Hornaday becomes the third driver in NASCAR's three national series to win five consecutive races joining Richard Petty and Bobby Allison. Ren, with 27 career victories, becomes the all-time winningest crew chief in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. (Photo Credit: Jason Smith/Getty Images)

Patrick Long, a driver from Thousands Oaks and a veteran American Le Mans Series driver, won the race at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah on Saturday. It was the first NASCAR win of his career.
“This is tremendous,” said Long, who netted $15,000 in prize money and posted awards. “It’s a long time coming. These guys have made me earn it. I came in here and found success right away as far as speed and dominance in races at Watkins Glen and then Sonoma, but today the car was very, very good.”
Long also won a spot in the Toyota All-Star Showdown at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale in January. The winners of races from the NASCAR Camping World West and East series earn automatic bids to the all-star race.

Greg Pursley, a Canyon High graduate, was fourth in the West Series race at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah. He also moved up to third place in the West Series standings. Jason, Bowles, a driver from Ontario, leads the West Series standings.
“All in all it was a great run for the Gene Price Motorsports team,” an exhausted Pursley said after the race. “I thought we had something left to catch Bowles but we got crossed up with a couple of lapped cars late and that slowed us down a bit. This race track is so much fun to drive; it really is a driver’s track.”

Photo: Greg Pursley was fourth in the NASCAR Camping World West Series race at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah on Saturday. (Photo credit: Derrick Shannon)

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