RON HORNADAY FINISHES SECOND IN AMERICAN COMMERCIAL LINES 200 AND JUMP S TO THIRD IN NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES STANDING S Hampton, GA - Starting from the pole, Ron Hornaday, Jr., No. 33 Camping World Silverado, led 81...
RON HORNADAY FINISHES SECOND IN AMERICAN COMMERCIAL LINES 200 AND JUMP S TO THIRD IN NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES STANDING S
Hampton, GA - Starting from the pole, Ron Hornaday, Jr., No. 33 Camping World Silverado, led 81 laps when the rain that had been threatening Atlanta Motor Speedway finally came on lap 112 of the 130-lap NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NETS) race.
Hornaday was the leader at the time but when other lead-lap trucks pitted for four tires, he was forced to pit on lap 113 to stay in sync. He restarted in fourth.
After three laps of caution for rain, the race went back to green for six laps before the rain intensified, forcing NASCAR to red-flag the race for nine minutes, 51 seconds.
With four laps remaining, the rain went green for the final time with the three-time NCTS champion in second. As is typical for Hornaday, he got a great restart, but was unable to make the pass on race winner, Kyle Busch.
Following Hornaday under the checker flag of the American Commercial Lines 200 were fellow Chevrolet Silverado drivers Matt Crafton, No. 88 Menards/Energizer Silverado and Chad McCumbee, No. 8 Malcolmson Construction Silverado in fourth and fifth places respectively.
Hornaday's Kevin Harvick, Inc. (KHI) teammate Jack Sprague, No. 2 ACL Silverado, finished sixth.
Hornaday jumped to third in the standings while McCumbee climbed to fourth with three of 25 races in the books.
The next NCTS race will be March 29, 2008, at Martinsville Speedway.
Matt Crafton, No. 88 Menards/Energizer Silverado, Started 9th, Finished 4th:
"This was the truck we ran two weeks ago in Fontana, I hated it there, I wanted to wreck it there, wanted to leave it there once I took the checkered. I knew it was going to be the same truck we brought here and they weren't going to settle for bringing something second rate to what they thought we should have. So, they took it back to the shop, tore it completely apart and spent a lot and lot of hours and long nights. I talked to them a few times and they were working until 11 and 12 at night. I can't thank these guys on the Menards Silverado for all the work they did.
"We were on old tires there at the end. We had a bad pit stop we came out from the pit stop and got hung up behind a couple of slow trucks and lost about four or five seconds. I think we were about third or fourth before we went to green flag pit stops we lost a lot on the green flag stuff. The yellows at the end, all that kind of helped us because it got us bunched up but we were out there on old tires so we got what we got."
Chad McCumbee, No. 8 MRD Motorsports Silverado, Started 2nd, Finished 5th:
"We had a pretty good run. Definitely a momentum builder for our team. Since the end of 2007, we have been making good progress with our team. Tonight is exactly what we needed to get a good points run out of it. The guys on the crew are working hard and our trucks just keep getting better and better. We need to work some more on our short track stuff some more, but we keep getting better. I am happy with our efforts and we are going to keep doing what we have been doing."
Jack Sprague, No. 2 RV.com Silverado, Started 5th, Finished 6th:
"Our truck was good, I had nothing for Ron but you have to remember this is a brand new team. We were second to Ron. We were better than the 51 on long runs, but he was good on the short runs. Just something went wrong on a pit stop and I ended up going from second to seventh. Then in the short runs, I wasn't very good anyway, it took me four or five laps to get going. I wish we had one more lap, I thru her in there on the last lap and she stuck pretty good and I got by Ted (Musgrave). It wasn't a bad day for our ACL Chevrolet. They sponsored the race. I should have finished no worse than third."
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