Ron Hornaday Wins at Charlotte to Take Points Lead in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Concord, NC - Ron Hornaday, No. 33 Longhorn Silverado, scored the victory at Lowe's Motor Speedway in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200. The first win...
Ron Hornaday Wins at Charlotte to Take Points Lead in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Concord, NC - Ron Hornaday, No. 33 Longhorn Silverado, scored the victory at Lowe's Motor Speedway in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200. The first win of the year for the three-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) champion vaulted him in to the lead in the point standings with six of 25 races in the record books.
Leading once for a total of 29 laps, Hornaday went on to claim his 40th career victory by a margin of 1.669 seconds.
Matt Crafton, No. 88 McGuire-Nicholas/Menards Silverado finished third to climb to third in points.
Ryan Newman, teaming with Hornaday in the second Kevin Harvick, Inc. entry, No. 4 Charter Communications Silverado, finished fourth.
David Gilliland, No. 7 Hyde Park/Fanssponsorme.Com Silverado, finished sixth with Dennis Setzer, No. 8 Malcolmson Construction Silverado taking the checkered flag in 10th.
Chad McCumbee, No. 07 ASI Limited Silverado, remains eighth in points with a 15th place finish in tonight's race.
Next up on the NCWTS schedule is the AAA Insurance 200 at Dover International Speedway on May 29, 2009.
MATT CRAFTON, NO. 88 MCGUIRE-NICHOLAS/MENARDS SILVERADO, FINISHED 3RD:
"It was a good points night. This truck when we unloaded didn't have any speed out of it. Didn't have any. I knew we were a sitting duck when we were in the lead. I ran every one of those laps when I was leading the race was flat open. I don't know what is wrong with it but it won't go by itself. These guys didn't give up; we threw so much stuff at this thing during practice, changed so much. I like I said, we weren't very good in practice. I said when that sun goes down here at Charlotte, it's a whole different ball game, this place changes so much. I always kind of feel like I know what I want in a race car. I figured we would race really good tonight, I knew we weren't going to be able to lead because even when we did our qualifying run, we were on old tires and new tires and we wouldn't pick up. I am happy with third, but definitely not satisfied.
THIRD PLACE TONIGHT, IT WASN'T LIKE LAST YEAR BUT A PRETTY SOLID NIGHT, TALK ABOUT YOUR EVENING. "It wasn't bad. I don't know like I said earlier we don't have any single-run speed out of this truck. As soon as I can get a truck in front of me it will take off but it just will not go by itself. I mean these guys did a good job. They brought a new truck and we threw everything at it except the kitchen sink. We were okay. Like I said we were a third-place truck and needed some more work on it. We'll bring back a better truck next time."
RON HORNADAY, NO. 33 LONGHORN SILVERADO, RACE WINNER: HOW WAS YOUR TRUCK?
"Well, you have got to get a run on them, you can stall out and the outside line gets such a good run down the straight away. I knew if I blocked the top, Kyle (Busch) was going to go to the bottom and I knew I would have limited room going down there. I did the right thing and we both could have wrecked going do in to three but he lifted getting in there cause the guy on the inside gets loose and you have to breath it.
"It is sure a lot of fun. I showed Kyle a lot of respect when he came up and passed me and I moved over for him and he didn't race me that hard either. It is really neat that he and I are gaining trust again and racing hard.
"My hat is off to everybody at KHI, especially Kevin and DeLana for giving me the opportunity and putting the people in the right place. This is what it takes, this is cool."
YOU HAVE NOW TAKEN OVER THE POINTS LEAD, YOUR THOUGHTS ON THAT: "The biggest thing I was worried about all night is Mike Skinner. Anybody who gets upside down and I saw him get sideways off of four there and to back it in....I am just glad he is ok. My wife ran down to the infield care center to make sure he was all right. That is the most thing. You have to have a hard competitor like Mike Skinner to race and you don't want to see no body get hurt. We will worry about the points in about five or six race stretch. We will see who we have to race after that.
"First of all, I have to thank all of those fans out there. I drove around the track to make sure I saw everyone of you. There are a lot of you out there I really appreciate all of your support coming out here to Lowe's Motor Speedway. Rick Ren and all the guys made this Longhorn Chevrolet haul butt today and if you need to drive anything, get to your local Chevrolet dealer and drive one of these things, they are fast."
"I had my boss on the radio, Kevin (Harvick) and he kept telling me be patient, you have a really good truck. Different shock package that Cale Gale built me and he and been really working hare. Danny Stockman and all the guys on the seven-post, I just had to learn how to driven them. I was learning it and I lost it and I found it again at the end."
CONGRATULATIONS, A LOT TO BATTLE THROUGH FOR CAREER WIN NO. 40, HOW SPECIAL WAS THIS ONE? "I didn't think about that but I have no idea where to start. I tell you what go to your local GM store and get one of these bad trucks. They're fast. I've got to thank Rick Ren and Rick Carelli. Everybody at KHI. They've been working their guts out. They ain't stopping. Cale Gale, the seven-post and what these guys have been doing. Especially our sponsors. Who do we got, we got Rheem, Hungry Man, Longhorn, I have to thank everybody. We've got VFW, Copart it takes everybody to get these things out here. I really, really appreciate how cool it is tonight."
A GREAT TRUCK ALL DAY LONG, BUT YOU PIT UNDER GREEN AND YOU END UP GOING A LAP DOWN BECAUSE THE CAUTION COMES OUT, WERE YOU CONCERNED AT THAT POINT YOU WEREN'T GOING TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO PAY IT OFF? "I haven't figured these rules out. We came in green and the yellow came out but we had a great truck. We had a chance to come back so who knows. It's never over. She was fast at the end."
THE FIRST SIX RACES OF THE YEAR ARE SPREAD OUT OVER THREE MONTHS, A WIN RIGHT NOW GOING INTO THE SUMMER STRETCH, HOW BIG IS THIS FOR MOMENTUM? "Well this is what I said, everybody was asking who you've got to race for the championship and this will show it going into the stretch right now. I'm a little wore out but to see all those fans. When you drive around the track and see all those fans on the back straightaway this is really cool to come out here and run Lowe's."
YOU GUYS LOOK LIKE IT WAS THE CASE OF PERSEVERANCE TONIGHT. TALK ABOUT YOUR RUN TONIGHT. "That was running out of fuel right there almost and Rick Ren, this one paid off for us. We got a lap down there. We got tires and stayed out there and put us back on the lead lap. I just really got to thank Longhorn, Chevrolet and everybody that's really been supporting this whole adventure we've been doing with VFW and Rheem, Copart, Georgia Boot. It just takes a lot of people to keep a truck out here now a days. I think you should go to your local GM store and look at one of these bad trucks they go pretty fast."
WE HEARD A LOT TONIGHT ABOUT THE INSIDE LINE, NOT PARTICULAR THE PLACE TO BE. HOW WAS YOUR TRUCK, IT LOOKED LIKE IT WAS ON A RAIL TONIGHT? "Well you got to get a run on them. You could stall out and the outside line gets such a good run down the straightaway. I knew if blocked the top that Kyle (Busch) was going to go on the bottom. He did the right thing. We both could have wrecked going down there into three but he lifted getting in there because the guy on the inside gets loose and you've got to breathe it. It sure was a lot of fun. I showed Kyle a lot of respect when he came up and passed me. I moved over for him and he didn't race me that hard either. It's really neat that he and I are gaining a lot of trust again and racing hard. My hats off to everybody at KHI, especially Kevin and DeLana giving the opportunity and putting the people in the right place. This is what it takes. This is cool."
IT'S EARLY BUT YOU HAVE NOW TAKEN OVER THE POINTS LEAD, YOUR THOUGHTS HERE AS YOU CHASE DOWN ANOTHER CAMPING WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP. "The biggest things I was worried about all night was Mike Skinner. Anybody gets upside down. I seen him get sideways off of (turn) four there and I'm just glad he's okay. My wife ran down to the infield care center to make sure he's all right. You've got to have a hard competitor like Mike Skinner to race and you don't want to see anybody get hurt. We'll worry about the points. Like I
RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 4 CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS SILVERADO, FINISHED 4TH:
TALK ABOUT YOUR RUN, YOU GAVE ONE WORD WHEN I CAME OVER HERE. "Well we were too loose too long. Ernie (Cope) did a good job adjusting the car we just got that lap down. Ron (Hornaday) got through the traffic there and we didn't and we finished fourth with the Charter Communications Chevrolet. A good day I guess for Kevin Harvick, Inc. I thank everybody for the opportunity and the fans for coming out. We tried to put on a show. We had a lot of side-by-side racing but man you sure didn't want to be on the inside with these things."
THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT KEVIN HARVICK CAME ON A TALKED TO BOTH OF YOU GUYS, IT DIDN'T LOOK LIKE ANYBODY WAS MAKING ANY PROGRESS DOWN LOW, WHY WAS THAT? "Just the trucks get so loose underneath somebody they need to do something to get the trucks driving a little better on a place like this where you're almost wide open. Open the motors up; let us run down the straightaways harder or something so that we've got to check up a little more down in the corners."
DAVID GILLILAND NO. 7 HYDE PARK/FANSSPONSORME.COM/ CHEVROLET SILVERADO:
"We were just a little on the tight side with the set-up and were never really able to get it out of it tonight," Gilliland said. "We were very fast in practice and had a good qualifying run. For starting 19th and coming home sixth I am proud of the whole TRG Motorsports truck crew. The guys did a great job, I really enjoyed the race.
"If we could have started closer to the front we would have had that much better of a run. When you get back there in dirty air it is crazy how much it affects the trucks. We still had a good night. Butch (Hylton crew chief) made great adjustments on the truck all night and the guys performed good pit stops and we put together a good night."
DID YOU LEARN SOME VALUABLE KNOWLEDGE FOR TOMORROW FOR THE ALL-STAR OPEN RACE? "I learned that the top groove comes in and is a good passing area. I think we will see a lot of that tomorrow night. You have to go somewhere to pass. Lowe's is very aero sensitive so you can run high to make up places. We should be able to run the middle to the top tomorrow where we ran the truck tonight."
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