Ron Hornaday Sits One Point Behind Leader with Solid Fifth Place Run at Las Vegas Matt Crafton Finishes Third to Stay Strong Contender in Championship Hunt; Silverado Drivers Score Five of Top-10 Finishing Positions Las Vegas, NV -- Ron...
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Matt Crafton Finishes Third to Stay Strong Contender in Championship Hunt; Silverado Drivers Score Five of Top-10 Finishing Positions
Las Vegas, NV -- Ron Hornaday, Jr., No. 33 Camping World Silverado, fought back from early-race handling issues in the Quik Liner Las Vegas 350 to finish fifth and move to just one point out of the lead in his quest for his second consecutive and fourth total NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship.
Starting from the pole, Hornaday battled a loose truck until the first pit stop. Crew chief Rick Ren made wholesale changes and Hornaday started his march back toward the front of the field. He led once during the race that finished under green-white-checkered conditions for one lap.
Points leader Johnny Benson retired from the race early to finish 27th after making hard contact with the wall on the 64th lap.
Matt Crafton, No. 88 Menards/Super Clean Silverado, finished third in tonight's 147-lap race to pull closer in the points chase. He sits third in the standings, just 164 points out of the lead.
Jeff Green, No. 40 Westerman Companies Silverado finished seventh followed by T.J. Bell, No. 7 TRG Motorsports Silverado in eighth place. Donny Lia, No. 81 Nationrides.com Silverado scored the 10th finishing position.
Mike Skinner won the race followed by Erik Darnell. John Andretti finished fourth to complete the top-five.
The next race for Team Chevy Silverado will be October 4, 2008 at Talladega Superspeedway.
RON HORNADAY, NO. 33 CAMPING WORLD CHEVROLET, STARTED ON THE POLE, FINISHED 5TH.
ON QUALIFYING: "I don't know what to say. My hats off to Rick Ren and everybody on this Camping World Chevrolet. A brand new truck again and we were hitting the springs pretty hard in practice and they just came up with another set up and to go out there and to sit on the pole says a lot for this whole race team and KHI, Chevrolet, Mark Smith, everybody at Pro Motors. This is just such a good organization they just seem to come together. We weren't that good in practice and they come and figured something out. Can't wait for the race, we'll see what happens."
ON THE RACE: "I hate to see Johnny (Benson) do that, he was running very hard. I saw he didn't put tires on there at the beginning and I blew a tire here last time. Unfortunate for Johnny, but Rick Ren (crew chief) and those guys worked on the Camping World Chevrolet all night long. We weren't the best truck but we finished top-five and we did everything we could. We will go home and study this truck, it was a brand new build. It was a lot of fun today.
"Three, four wide. They had no sympathy for the old man here, just trying to lead the points here and they were making me three, four wide. I was thinking they would give me a little more of a break here, but this is NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series racing and it is tough racing. That just showed us the last 10 laps.
"The bad part is I showed them three or four times how to do it so the No. 15 (John Andretti) and the No. 88 (Matt Crafton) got back by me. The bad part is we are in a points race and it was shame because the No. 6 (Colin Braun) was trying to follow (Erik) Darnell and he wouldn't give the high side up and he checked up and I got in the back of him. I should have just took him out earlier or just pushed him a little harder. That is how they got a run on the outside and we got three or four wide for a couple of laps. Colin has a little bit to learn on them restarts. If he had followed (Mike) Skinner through that thing, he could have probably went right past them all, he had the truck to win.
"One point behind. Ok, that is fine, we will take it. It is better than 70 out. We were getting 20 at a time and it looks like it was it looked like it was his job this week to get the points. We were doing everything we can with the Camping World Chevrolet. We will take what we can get and keep going."
CHAD MCCUMBEE, NO. 8 MALCOMSON CONSTRUCTION CHEVROLET, STARTED 4th, FINISHED 11TH:
"It was pretty frustrating you know. We had that tire go down and got trapped two laps down. We'd race our but off and then went from third to fifth position and then there would be somebody that got a lap down and we couldn't get our laps back. Finally did and you know we probably could have easily had a top-10 truck there but with all the cautions we just didn't have time to get around everybody. We'll take it though. I think that's four 11th's in a row and I've never in my career done that, that's pretty strange. Got some points for us. Everybody on MRD has done a good job. We'll just go back and make it better and hopefully have a little better luck."
JACK SPRAGUE, NO. 2 CAMPING WORLD CHEVROLET, STARTED 6th, FINISHED 26th
after making contact with another truck on lap 78: "Man, I don't know. We took off at the start of the race and we weren't very good at all. Ernie (Cope, crew chief) made some great adjustments and we drove back in to the top-10. That time there made some more adjustments and I felt like it was going to come around, it was taking a few laps to go but it was going quicker. I raced Brendan (Gaughan) for most of the race underneath him and never touched him, so I don't know what his deal is. I mean, you know when you are underneath you are going to get loose. Whether he is saying that is what happen or not I don't know, I was 3/4 of the way up the race track and just got taken out. I just want to thank Camping World, American Commercial Line, Georgia Boot, VFW, Rheem, everybody at KHI (Kevin Harvick Inc.), just another deal."
IT CERTAINLY APPEARED ISSUES WITH BRENDAN GAUGHN ON THE RACE TRACK; TAKE US THROUGH WHAT HAPPENED ON TRACK. "It's pretty self explanatory. Guys gave me a great truck, we fired off we weren't very good at all. We made a lot of changes and it was coming around good. It just took me a few laps to get going there. I raced Brendan underneath him most of the race and never touched him so I don't know what his excuse was. Just got taken out. I just want to thank everybody at KHI, Chevrolet and all our sponsors, Camping World, American Commercial Lines, Georgia Boots, VWF. I don't know we can't catch a break. Guys are working hard, they are trying to get it to where I can get up there closer to the front."
JEFF GREEN, NO. 40 WESTERMAN COMPANIES CHEVROLET, STARTED 16th, FINISHED 7TH.
T.J. BELL, NO. 7 TRG CHEVROLET, STARTED 13th, FINISHED 8TH.
DONNY LIA, NO. 81 NATIONRIDES.COM CHEVROLET, STARTED 20th, FINISHED 10TH.
SEAN MURPHY, NO. 07 ASI LIMITED CHEVROLET, STARTED 24th, FINISHED 15TH.
SHELBY HOWARD, NO. 13 FARMPAINT.COM CHEVROLET, STARTED 18th, FINISHED 18TH.
ROBB BRENT, NO. 19 BRAD KESELOWSKI RACING CHEVROLET, STARTED 30th, FINISHED 24TH.
NORM BENNING, NO. 57 NORM BENNING RACING CHEVROLET, STARTED 31st, FINISHED 30TH.
CHRIS JONES, NO. 0 ASI LIMITED CHEVROLET, STARTED 26TH, FINISHED 31ST.
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