Sunday, November 1, 2009
Crafton can't take advantage of Hornaday's misfortune
Ron Hornaday was collected in a late wreck in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama, but it didn't hurt him that much in the Truck Series standings.
Matt Crafton, the second-place driver in the Truck Series standings, couldn't take advantage of Hornaday's hit and finished 10th in the Talladega race.
Hornaday ended up 17th after returning to the race for the final laps with a badly damaged truck.
“It’s Talladega,” said Hornaday following the race. “I’m not really sure how we were involved in that wreck. Before I knew what was happening we were in it. I’m really proud of this No. 33 Copart team for never giving up and working to get the truck back out on the track to finish with so few laps left. We will just go to Texas next week and try to get back what we lost.”
Hornaday has a 202-point lead over Crafton after the Talladega race.
Kyle Busch won the race and his Billy Ballew Racing team has a slim chance of winning the owner's championship. Busch's teammate, Aric Almirola, finished second, followed by Todd Bodine in third.
"I owe everything to Aric Almirola today," Busch said on Saturday after the race. "From that last pit stop to the end, I told him that, if he just stayed with me, they wouldn't be above to beat the 15 (Almirola) and the 51 (Busch). Awesome job to Aric. He can take half of my pay after today."
DeLana Harvivck, the owner of Hornaday's Kevin Harvick Inc. team, has a 100-point lead over Ballew in the owner's standings with three races remaining.
Photo: Rick Crawford, driver of the No. 14 Circle Bar/International Truck Engine Ford, gets caught up in an incident with Mike Skinner, driver of the No. 5 PC Miler Navigator Toyota, during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Mountain Dew 250 at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday in Talladega, Ala. (Photo Credit: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)