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Going for win No. 11 in New Hampshire DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 11, 2006) -- Ron Hornaday Jr. (No. 33 AES HR Solutions Chevrolet) laid the foundation for New Hampshire International Speedway's reputation as a track with a flair for the ...

Going for win No. 11 in New Hampshire

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 11, 2006) -- Ron Hornaday Jr. (No. 33 AES HR Solutions Chevrolet) laid the foundation for New

Hampshire International Speedway's reputation as a track with a flair for the dramatic.

Hornaday, winner of the first New Hampshire 200 in 1996, passed a number of trucks on a late restart and was in position to take advantage of a final-lap accident that took out the leaders.

"At one point, Ernie Irvan got into me and put me in the wall so my truck was pretty roughed up," said the two-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion. "I still have the sheet metal hanging in my garage."

Hornaday -- and four others -- on Saturday will try again to unlock another of the 1.058-mile, flat oval's secrets. There have been no repeat winners at NHIS; the same is true in the NASCAR Busch Series.

Why? Who knows for sure but Dennis Connor, then-crew chief for Jack Sprague (No. 60 Con-way Freight Toyota) when the three-time champion visited Victory Lane in 2001, has an idea.

"It's just different conditions there than about anywhere else we go so you have to be on your toes to adjust," said Connor, who now calls the shots for Terry Cook (No. 10 Ford Power Stroke Diesel by International Ford), the race's 2002 winner. "Most recently every time we go back, it's been changed...whether it's a different paving job or to put asphalt sealer on it."

Sprague has come closest to repeating -- posting a trio of second-place finishes in addition to his victory.

"New Hampshire is right up my alley. It's a driver's track," he said. "The track owes me another win."

From the Archives

Crawford's New Hampshire 200 Victory Snapped Lengthy Ford Drought

The 2005 season hadn't been a good one for Ford -- a non-winner on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in more than a year -- until Rick Crawford (No. 14 Circle Bar Truck Corral Ford) came out on top of a tense, three-way battle to claim victory in the New England 200.

There have been a lot of closely-contested races at NHIS but this arguably was the best given the principals involved.

Crawford, 2005 champion Ted Musgrave (No. 9 Team ASE Toyota) and perennial title runnerup Dennis Setzer (No. 85 Chevrolet Silverado Chevrolet) circled the track nose-to-tailgate and side-by-side as the laps wore down.

Crawford edged Setzer by .221 second.

"That was hard," said Crawford, recalling his fourth series victory that snapped a Ford drought extending to August 2004. "It the end, there was not a mark on my truck.

"When you go doorhandle-to-doorhandle with Musgrave (and) Setzer and come out on top, you've done something."

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ernie Irvan , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Ted Musgrave , Jack Sprague , Dennis Setzer , Terry Cook , Rick Crawford