Saturday, October 24, 2009
Hornaday extends lead in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings
Ron Hornaday Jr. finished fourth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia on Saturday and extended his lead in the Truck Series standings.
Hornaday leads second place Matt Crafton by 224 points with four races remaining in the Truck Series season. Hornaday, driver of the No.33 Chevrolet Silverado for Kevin Harvick Inc., has won three Truck Series championships. It was his 13th top-five finish of the season.
Timothy Peters won the Truck Series race, the first of his career. Todd Bodine was second, followed by Colin Braun in third.
“That wasn’t points racing today,” Hornaday said. “Todd was a little slower right in the center. I went up after the race and told him I didn’t mean to run in to him every time, just burned my brakes up behind Todd and Colin got by me. I am sure glad Colin ran in to the side of my door, it straightened me back up. Awesome day for the VFW Chevrolet. This is one hurdle we had to jump and we jumped it.”
Crafton finished ninth in the Martinsville race.
“It wasn’t for lack of effort; these guys changed everything and did everything they could possibly do to try to make this truck,” Crafton said. “We went and tested the other day and we thought we were ok with it. It was real cool up at Sandusky (Ohio) and we thought maybe it was just the track. I don’t know. It wasn’t lack of effort.”
Kevin Harvick, owner of Hornaday's Truck Series team, finished fifth after losing two laps because he had to make a green-flag pit stop to repair a flat tire.
“Ran out of brakes there at the end and kind of used the thing up getting back up to the top five,” Harvick said. “Still a very good day. Both trucks in the top-five. Ron had a great points day and that is big picture. We came to try and win the race and to make up two laps and get a top-five out of it just shows what this team can do.”
Photo: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader Ron Hornaday Jr. climbs into his truck before the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway. (Photo Credit: Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)