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Ron Hornaday Wins at Mansfield in Chevy Silverado Silverado Drivers Bring Home Four of Top-10 Finishing Positions: Chevrolet Closes Gap in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Manufacturer's Standings. MANSFIELD, OH - Ron Hornaday, No. 33 Kevin ...

Ron Hornaday Wins at Mansfield in Chevy Silverado

Silverado Drivers Bring Home Four of Top-10 Finishing Positions: Chevrolet Closes Gap in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Manufacturer's Standings.

MANSFIELD, OH - Ron Hornaday, No. 33 Kevin Harvick, Inc. Silverado, scored his first victory of the 2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) season in the City of Mansfield 250 at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway. The win was the second consecutive NCTS victory for Team Chevy Silverado. Silverado drivers captured four of the top-10 finishing positions. Matt Crafton, No. 88 Menards Silverado was sixth followed by Dennis Setzer, No. 85 E85 FlexFuel Silverado in seventh and Mike Bliss, No. 16 IWX/Xpress Motorsports Silverado in eighth.

The two-time NCTS champion led 131 of the 250 laps on the way to his 28th victory in the highly competitive series. Hornaday is the all-time leader in the Series' win column and holds numerous other records in his 157 NCTS starts.

The race was slowed by 18 caution flags for 83 laps.

Hornaday was followed to the checkered flag by Jack Sprague (Toyota), David Starr (Toyota), Johnny Benson (Toyota) and Joey Miller (Toyota).

Manufacturer's points standing following today's race, round seven of the 25-race 2006 NCTS season are:
Toyota 49 points (3 wins)
Ford 43 points (2 wins)
Chevrolet 36 points (2 wins)
Dodge 24 points (0 wins)

The next race for the NCTS is at Dover International Speedway, Dover, DE on Friday, June 2, 2006.

Ron Hornaday , No. 33 Kevin Harvick, Inc. Silverado, Started 17th, Finished 1st:

"We were pretty decent on Thursday, but we weren't really great, and then Wally and Todd flew up and the four of them put their heads together, and made this Silverado do well. We lost Ami Mischler on Saturday night, and she was 21 years old and did all of our travel and everything, so I want to dedicate this win to her. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and T.J. Clark lost his son, Spence, coming back from North Carolina. They were taking a brand new race car home, and he was an up and coming driver. The kid lived across the street from me, and it is just so hard to explain what it means to me go to victory lane, and to say praise to all the guys overseas that are losing their lives, and all the guys at home. I want to thank Kevin and DeLana for believing in me, and Rick Carelli and all these guys. What an awesome day!

"My guys did a great job today, I am so proud of them. We just had to be patient getting to the front. Once I got out front, I knew my Chevy Silverado was stout enough to stay there. I wasn't worried about Jack (Sprague) or David (Starr) behind me because Stacy (Johnson, crew chief) and the guys just did an excellent job calling the race and on pit road. It is just a great day and I couldn't be happier for our whole team.

"It was tough to pass out there and hard to get a rhythm going with all of the cautions but once I got out front, we hardly ever had enough laps to catch and start lapping guys. I race because I love it and this is what I want to do. Racing here in the NASCAR Truck Series is the best racing out there.

-gm racing-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers David Starr , Kevin Harvick , Johnny Benson , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Jack Sprague , Dennis Setzer , Matt Crafton , Rick Carelli , Mike Bliss , Joey Miller