Ron Hornaday Jr. won the AAA Insurance 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park earning his third victory at the .686-mile oval and an unprecedented fourth consecutive victory in NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series. "It's so unbelievable," said Hornaday....
Ron Hornaday Jr. won the AAA Insurance 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park earning his third victory at the .686-mile oval and an unprecedented fourth consecutive victory in NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series. "It's so unbelievable," said Hornaday. "This is special."
Hornaday extends his points lead with his fifth victory of the season and he now leads Mike Skinner by 174 points. Skinner finished second after pressuring Hornaday to the checkered flag.
The race ran relatively caution free for the first half with two cautions accounting for 13 of the first 101 laps. The last 40 laps of the race had three cautions for 14 laps.
"What hurt us more than anything else was those cautions at the end," said Skinner. Skinner pulled alongside Hornaday several times but was never able to complete the pass. The caution would come out "and the tires would cool off," said Skinner.
At one point, "I thought he had us," Hornaday said.
Aric Almirola finished third after going a lap down. "I was really proud to come back from a lap down," said Almirola. "We got our lap back and this truck was really fast. We had a truck that could win but we needed some more laps."
Dennis Setzer finished fourth with polesitter Colin Braun rounding out the top five.
Todd Bodine led 29 laps on route to an 18th place finish. A top five finish was in hand when Bodine made contact with Colin Braun on lap 171 as the pair raced off Turn 4. Braun had been pressuring Bodine for a couple laps, pulling even through the corners. Bodine thought he was clear but he ended up clipping the front of Braun's truck and turned himself into the front stretch fence.
Kyle Busch led 49 laps but failed to capitalize on a late race pit stop for fresh tires. After his pit stop, Busch returned to the track in eleventh place. Skinner pitted under the same caution but drove masterfully through traffic to take the second place with nine laps remaining.
The fans, as well as those in the pressbox, were on their feet during the final laps as Skinner and Hornaday raced side by side to decide the victory. Skinner dove to the inside, fishtailing off the final corner in a vain attempt to reach the checkered first but it would be a record setting fourth consecutive victory for Ron Hornaday Jr.
After the race, Skinner shrugged it off as just another day at the race track, simply saying, "We got out run."