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Ron Hornaday Finishes Second at ORP; Moves Just 15 Points Out of Points Lead in Quest for Fourth Championship; Matt Crafton Stays in Championship Hunt Indianapolis, IN - Ron Hornaday, No. 33 VFW Silverado, scored his seventh (7th) top-five...

Ron Hornaday Finishes Second at ORP; Moves Just 15 Points Out of Points Lead in Quest for Fourth Championship; Matt Crafton Stays in Championship Hunt

Indianapolis, IN - Ron Hornaday, No. 33 VFW Silverado, scored his seventh (7th) top-five finish of the season in the Power Stroke Diesel 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park. The three-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) champion led twice for 153 of the 200-laps but couldn't hold off a charging Johnny Benson who took the point on lap 162. Hornaday's finish pulled him within 15 points of the lead with 14 of 25 races in the record books.

Matt Crafton, No. 88 Menards/Johns Manville Silverado, finished fourth to capture his eighth top-five of the season to keep him in the championship hunt, just 16 points behind Team Chevy Silverado teammate Hornaday.

Shelby Howard, No. 13 FarmPaint.com Silverado, came to the checkered flag in fifth (5th) to score his career-best NCTS finish and give Team Chevy Silverado three of the top-five finishers. Erik Darnell finished third to round out the top-five.

T.J. Bell, No. 7 Heathcliff's Cat Litter /Home for the Holidays Silverado, finished seventh (7th) for his career-best score.

Donny Lia, No. 71 NationRides.com Silverado, was ninth (7th) to give Silverado five of the top-10 finishers.

Next stop for the series will be August 9, 2008 at Nashville Superspeedway.

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JACK SPRAGUE, NO. 2 AMERICAN COMMERCIAL LINES SILVERADO, STARTED 2ND, FINISHED 17TH:

"We were really really loose early, but Ernie (Cope, crew chief) and the guys kept working on it and gained on it. Our ACL Chevrolet was coming to me. Unfortunately, we lost a couple spots on pit road on our only pit stop and then we got caught up in a wreck late running sixth I think. The No. 60 truck and I tried to follow him because the No. 30 was spinning in front of us but there was nothing we could do, I just got caught up. Just a string of bad luck, I don't know how, but hopefully we can get this monkey off our back soon."

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MATT CRAFTON, NO. 88 MENARDS SILVERADO, STARTED 11TH, FINISHED 4TH:

"We started the race and were horrible. I told my guys, I am not trying to be a jerk here, but this thing is just this truck is a piece of crap. I am must to blame as much as they are because we work on this together and make decisions together on what we are going to do to our Menards Chevrolet. We started that race horrible and we made some wholesale changes during that race. Like I said, these guys are awesome, they never give up. Another good finish for this team."

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SHELBY HOWARD, NO. 13 FARMPAINT.COM SILVERADO, STARTED 6TH, STARTED 5TH:

"This was a good night for us, the best finish we have had all year. The guys worked hard on the FarmPaint.com Chevrolet. They gave me a good piece. We were going to pit when Matt (Crafton) pitted and a few of them behind us, but we had a miscommunication and didn't come in so we lost some track position. But other than that, it was a good night for us; we came back up through the field.

"I have ran a couple of Nationwide races here, so I kind of knew what to expect, but I have never run this low here coming off the corners underneath the apron. That was different, never been able to do that before, but had a lot of fun tonight."

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T.J. BELL, NO. 7 HEATHCLIFF'S CAT LITTER /HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS SILVERADO, STARTED 17TH, FINISHED 7TH:

"I'll tell you what, these guys built an unbelievable truck. As soon as they dropped the green flag we went forward. We just took off. We were a rocket ship on long runs. We made contact with the 60 truck in a racing incident and had to go to the back and we drove all the way back to the front. Man, I had so much fun. If they gave out an award for passing the most trucks, I think we did it today. And these guys all deserve it. That was fun for me. These guys did all the work and I can't thank Heathcliff's Cat Litter and Home4theHolidays.org enough for giving me this opportunity. It was a good time."

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CHAD MCCUMBEE, NO. 8 MALCOLMSON CONSTRUCTION SILVERADO, STARTED 22ND, FINISHED 31ST:

INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT ON LAP 136: "Unfortunately, the No. 51(Kyle Busch) took us out again. He drives as hard as he can every lap and that is what you have got to do, but we are racing here for points and trying to protect ourselves. It looked like we were going to have a good top-10 or so day, but two weeks in the row. I might get to see him a little bit more than he thinks the rest of the year and might get to race with him a little bit more. I am just pretty frustrated. I just don't have a whole lot really good to say here."

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LANDON CASSILL, NO. 81 GODADDY.COM SILVERADO, STARTED 81, FINISHED 14th:

"I really had a blast out there tonight. I started off tight so we pitted there early and Eric Phillips (crew chief) and the guys on this Randy Moss Motorsports teams made some great adjustments and my truck really came to life when we went back to green flag racing. I was running the low line and my truck really took off. Just past the halfway point in the race we started to lose grip on our Chevy Silverado and that hurt us pretty bad. We tried a few more things there late in the race but the truck just would not respond like it had earlier. In all though, I really had a good time and I just love to race these trucks. I wish we could have gotten a little better finish for the team cause I really think we were a better truck than where we finished."

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OTHER SILVERADO FINISHERS:

DONNY LIA, NO. 71 NATIONRIDES.COM SILVERADO, STARTED 24TH, FINISHED 9TH

CHAD CHAFFIN, NO. 40 KEY MOTORSPORTS SILVERADO, STARTED 27TH, FINISHED 13TH

SEAN MURPHY, NO. 07 ASI LIMITED SILVERADO, STARTED 29TH, FINISHED 27TH

MARIO GOSSELIN, NO. 12 CRASHEDTOYS.COM SILVERADO, STARTED 25TH, FINISHED 28TH

BRIAN SCOTT, NO. 16 ALBERTSON'S SILVERADO, STARTED 21ST, FINISHED 29TH

JOHNNY CHAPMAN, NO. 0 ASI LIMITED SILVERADO, STARTED 29TH, FINISHED 34TH

- credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Johnny Benson , Ron Hornaday Jr. , T.J. Bell , Matt Crafton , Shelby Howard , Erik Darnell , Donny Lia , Kyle Busch