Two Chevy Silverados Finish Top-5 at NextEra Energy Resources 250 Ron Hornaday, Jr. Fifth Place Finish Career Best at Daytona Daytona Beach, FL - Three-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) champion Ron Hornaday, Jr., No. 33 Longhorn ...
Two Chevy Silverados Finish Top-5 at NextEra Energy Resources 250 Ron Hornaday, Jr. Fifth Place Finish Career Best at Daytona
Daytona Beach, FL - Three-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) champion Ron Hornaday, Jr., No. 33 Longhorn Silverado, opened the 2009 season with a fifth place finish in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway.
The top-five finish was the Kevin Harvick, Inc. driver's career-best finish on the 2.5-mile track and 20 places better than 2008 as he begins his campaign for an unprecedented fourth NCWTS championship.
Rookie J. R. Fitzpatrick, No. 7 Mammoet Silverado, scored an impressive fourth place finish in tonight's race coming from the 14th starting position in only his fourth NCWTS start.
Matt Crafton, No. 88 Menards/Ideal Door Silverado, finished eighth after starting on the outside of the front row.
Two top-contending Silverado drivers, Ricky Carmichael, No. 4 Monster Energy Drink Silverado and Johnny Sauter, No. 13 Fun Sand/Rodney Atkins/Curb Records Silverado, ran in the top-10 until a multi-truck accident on lap 37 sidelined both drivers.
The next NCWTS event will be the San Bernadino County 200 at Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, California on March 7, 2009.
RICKY CARMICHAEL, NO. 4 MONSTER ENERGY CHEVROLET -- Involved in multi-vehicle crash on lap 46:
THIS WAS NOT THE WAY YOU WANTED TO DEBUT IN THE CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES. WHAT HAPPENED? "Ah, I think I was in fourth and then hung a truck out there, Hornaday did, and Bodine, and I think the guy got a little bit loose and he started spinning sideways and he caught and just clipped me from behind, man. It was just a bummer. I was learning so much and having so much fun. It is just a shame. Those guys have been working hard and the whole Monster Energy Kevin Harvick Inc. crew, man, it's a shame. I really thought I was earning my respect out there and one day I'm going to get some luck in this deal."
WHAT DID YOU LEARN OUT THERE RACING IN THE DRAFT? "Well, I learned how patient you have to be and not get caught up in all the passing that's going on, you know, and just do your own deal and do what you think is right.
"Just an unfortunate situation. They kept telling me I was doing a great job and I am like, man, I wrecked. But I don't know what happened. They shuffled one guy out and I was just behind Todd and he got a little loose there. So I tried to move up a little bit because I didn't want to bump him then that other guy just drilled me from the side and the rest was history. Just unfortunate man. The Monster Energy Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevy was awesome. Those guys worked so hard and we were doing it man. I get an ounce of luck like I had in moto, it will give me something to work with, we'll be all right. It was it is and we go on to live another day."
RON HORNADAY, NO. 33 LONGHORN SILVERADO -- Finished 5th
"We'll take this. We are 20 spots better than we were last time here. I am very happy with Longhorn, with Chevrolet, all their support they have been giving us, Mark Smith great job on the motor. Camping World, VFW, everybody. It just takes a big team with these new colors to come here. To finish top-five at Daytona, it is pretty awesome.
IT LOOKED LIKE YOU TRIED TO MAKE A RUN FROM EIGHTH OR NINTH BEFORE AND AFTER THAT LAST CAUTION FLAG, JUST NOT ENOUGH TIME TO GET UP TO THE FRONT. "Oh I did. We definitely had a good shot at it and I was just testing the waters. Then Mike Skinner jumped up there and Bodine jumped up there. The guy leading the thing got shoved pretty good and the guy that is running third or fourth starts to turn the wheel a little more and turn sideways. A great run for our new sponsor with Longhorn. I tell you, we have had a lot of fun this weekend. I'll tell you, I really believe in Rick Ren (crew chief), we changed setups back and forth two or three times and we come back down here and do this. We gave Mark Smith's motor a beating this weekend and it held together so I have to thank PME and all the guys that work hard there."
"Our Longhorn Chevrolet was pretty awesome. I got out there and then once I got up to the top three or four, Todd Bodine and (Mike) Skinner moved up there and made it pretty good and kinda left me out to dry and I shuffled back and we had that yellow (flag) toward the end right there and the No. 7 (J.R. Fitzpatrick) put on tires and that was the way to do it. We just thought they were going to spread out there at the end. I went high and thought I was going to follow Todd, but he must have gotten tapped because he moved high and once he got off the corner everybody moved down to the bottom. So we'll take a top five. It's 20 spots better than we were here at Daytona last time so we're looking forward to this year."
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE WHOLE PIT STRATEGY THING WITH THE TIRES? HOW DID THAT WORK OUT FOR YOU TONIGHT? "You know, I was really surprised because if you're fast on pit road, it don't matter because you're doing the fuel and you're doing the tires. So it actually came out pretty good. I was pretty surprised and don't think anybody had any questions other than the guys staying on the track and where do they get their positions, I don't know. We'll figure that out."
MATT CRAFTON, NO. 88 MENARDS/IDEAL DOOR SILVERADO, FINISHED 8TH:
"Man I had a really good Chevy Silverado race truck tonight. Our plan was to go up and try to lead a lap right off, but it started getting crazy and we just decided to get out of the pack for the first sixty laps. So once I led my lap I just fell to the back of the pack and we kept weeding ourselves out and then on the last deal when we knew we could make it to the end we took off. I could get to second but every time I would get there and have a run on the leader and get to the rear quarter panel and the truck behind me would leave me hanging out there. No one would go all the way with me. I would get a push all the way up to the front from someone for one lap and then they would move to the bottom and I would get shuffled back out.
"It was aggravating because you are not going to do it on one lap. You didn't see one truck jump to the outside and pass three trucks in one lap on the outside. You have to stay with it for four or five laps to keep the momentum going so you could wear the guys out on the bottom but no one would do that with me tonight."
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