Ron Hornaday, Jr. Collects 30th NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Career Victory at Charlotte
Concord, NC - With a dominating performance, Ron Hornaday, Jr., No. 33 Camping World Silverado, captured his 30th NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) victory in the Quaker Steak and Lube 200 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. With just one lap remaining, the caution flag flew for seventh time on the night, forcing the Kevin Harvick, Inc. driver to relinquish a sizable lead.
In typical Hornaday style, when the green flag flew for the two-lap shootout to the end, Hornaday jumped to the lead and thundered away from the field to take the win.
The two-time NCTS champion led three times for a total of 68 laps of the scheduled 134-lap race, taking the lead for the first time on the 19th lap and remains the all-time winningest driver in the NCTS. All of Hornaday's victories have come behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Silverado.
With his fifth top-10 finish in the six NCTS races run to this point in the season, Hornaday, Jr. now sits third in points, just 106 points behind the leader.
RON HORNADAY , NO. 33 CAMPING WORLD SILVERADO, SEVENTH, FINISHED 1ST:
"We showed up here for the test and could have almost thrown everything out the window. Rick (Ren) crew chief and I made a lot of good notes and tried some stuff. We tested Kevin's (Harvick, team owner) truck here for him. I couldn't tell in the middle of the day today, whether we were going to be a little tight or a little loose and Rick made the right calls. When we qualified, I was a little free but knew we would be good in the race. We qualified seventh and when we got up there and it was three wide, I said to myself, 'Oh, this thing stuck and it is going to be a good truck, I knew that'.
"I guess it goes back to the luck. When my wife and I looked at the Camping World colors, it is the same colors, yellow and blue, and we won a lot of races in a truck that color. We were looking forward to having them come aboard and changing colors on our Chevy Silverado. It is really cool to come out and win the first time there is a new sponsor sitting on the truck."
RICK REN , CREW CHIEF:
"Like Ron said, we really had a lot of notes from the test. I felt really good after the first practice session this morning. We actually felt good enough about the truck, during second practice today, we just made a couple of changes to see what would happen during pit stops. We have been to the race track a lot of times when you are just thrashing and thrashing trying to get going. But today, we felt like we were good enough to work on pit stops tonight.
"Like Ron said, when you start this race, you can be the leader by lap 19, and kind of did it in a pretty good fashion. I knew we really had a good truck when we put on the first set of tires during a stop and the truck came right back around. That means it is going to be a good night if everything goes your way."
ON NOT EXACTLY HAVING A LOVE AFFAIR WITH LOWE'S MOTOR SPEEDWAY
HORNADAY: "It took me a long time to get used to this place. I am the type of driver that is just gung-ho and overdrives the track. When I got hired by Kevin, he showed me how to drive it and I just got going well through the bumps in three and four, figured out how to do it and ran really well that night and they repaved it. We actually ran decent last year, but it is one of those tracks where you have to be right on and good. It took a while and Rick Ren has been around her enough times with different drivers and we hit the setup right on. When people ask me what is my favorite track, I always tell them it is the ones I win at, so right now this is one of my favorite tracks."
ON CONSISTENCY SO FAR THIS SEASON BUT NOT LEADING UNTIL TONIGHT:
HORNADAY: "I didn't know how good of truck we really had until the first lap and we got to the bottom, I got shoved back to the top. We went in the corner and I don't know who I was pushing down the back straight, we went in to turn three and got it three wide for a minute and it stuck and I was still running wide open. Wow, we have a really good truck here. I actually held it wide open through one and two and barely breath it in three and four. It was like, Wow, this thing is unbelievable. The faster I went, the better the truck felt. I think I ran the last 30 laps without lifting. Rick and all the guys at KHI did an awesome job. This is the same truck we have run every race so far this year except Martinsville. We built a brand new truck to come test here. It had a little different characteristics of what the truck did and I just love this one. I don't know whether it is the way seat sits for me or the steering wheel, it is just one of those trucks I like."
ON USING MOMENTUM FOR CHAMPIONSHIP RUN:
REN: "I will tell you what, when you start out a long stretch like we did tonight, it gets everybody pumped up and shows them the fruits of their labors. We have built quite a few trucks in the last four months, changed sponsors in four days, painted like four trucks, tool boxes, pit boxes, everybody has worked really really hard. We have a lot of work ahead of us to get to Mansfield for what we need to do up there. It gets all the guys all pumped up, it helps them understand, man when we work this hard, we get to bring home some hardware. It is good for us. I like these long stretches, when you are running good in those long stretches, it doesn't get any better than that."
ON PIT STOPS OUT SECOND RATHER THAN LEAD:
REN: "I was a little bit concerned but I felt like he only two tires because we had a pretty decent stop. I don't know if he took two or took four. That kid ran some pretty fast laps in practice and ran some pretty fast laps during the race. Sometimes you can get a little tight in traffic, around other trucks in practice today when the track was a little hot and greasy, he said we were a little bit aero tight, so we tuned on it just a little bit to start the race. But we hadn't ran behind the 00 truck so we didn't know for sure where we were at. The last couple restarts, we watched carefully and the guys could run with us for about five laps and then when they heated up their front tires, we had some advantage over them. So it all worked out in our favor.
"You look at things like the guys that cut down right front tires tonight and the drivers also know that. On that long run we had, we took off tires and I climbed off the box and looked them over really good so I could tell Ron our tires were absolutely awesome. I wasn't worried about us blowing a tire from overheating the bead or too much camber or something like that. The only way something was going to happen to us was if we ran over something. But it is a concern when you are sitting on the box and you see guys start to pop right front tires. You have to do your homework, you have to reassure your driver that your tires look ok so he doesn't have to worry about it."
OTHER SILVERADO FINISHERS:
MATT CRAFTON, NO. 88 MENARDS/PEAK SILVERADO, STARTED 16TH, FINISHED SEVENTH
KYLE BUSCH, NO. 51 RICHARD TACCCCADO CO./RED TOP AUTO SILVERADO, STARTED SIXTH, FINISHED 11TH
TIM SAUTER, NO. 07 LESTER BUILDINGS/ASI SILVERADO, STARTED 18TH, FINISHED 17TH
CHAD MCCUMBEE, NO. 08 GARMIN STORE/GARMIN SILVERADO, STARTED STARTED 21ST, FINISHED 18TH
BILL LESTER, NO. 15 MANHEIM AUCTIONS SILVERADO, STARTED 17TH, FINISHED 19TH
BLAKE BJORKLUND, NO 8 MRD MOTORSPORTS SILVERADO, STARTED 35TH, FINISHED 20TH
WILLIE ALLEN, NO. 13 NATIONAL PORK BOARD SILVERADO, STARTED 25TH, FINISHED 21ST
DENNIS SETZER, NO. 75 SPEARS MANUFACTURING SILVERADO, STARTED 23RD, FINISHED 22ND
SHANE HUFFMAN, NO 40 CURTIS KEY PLUMBING SILVERADO, STARTED 32ND, FINISHED 24TH
J.C. STOUT, N0 91 STERLING TRUCK CORP SILVERADO, STARTED 33RD, FINISHED 26TH
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 2 CAMPING WORLD SILVERADO, STARTED 24TH, FINISHED 28TH: NOTE: Harvick retired on lap 110 with engine failure:
KRAIG KINSER, NO. 47 GINN RESORTS, STARTED 13TH, FINISHED 29TH
BRYAN SILAS, NO. 71 NOTRAX SILVERADO, STARTED 34TH, FINISHED 32ND
CLAY ROGERS, NO. 86 888KARPORT.COM SILVERADO, STARTED 36TH, FINISHED 33RD
BRENDAN GAUGHAN, NO. 77 SOUTH POINT HOTEL SILVERADO, STARTED 12TH, FINISHED: NOTE: Gaughan retired from the race on lap 33 with electrical issues:
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