Martinsville, VA -- Defending NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) champion Ron Hornaday, Jr., No. 33 Camping World Silverado, started on the pole for today's Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway. He led 154 of the 200-lap race, but bad luck struck...
Martinsville, VA -- Defending NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) champion Ron Hornaday, Jr., No. 33 Camping World Silverado, started on the pole for today's Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway. He led 154 of the 200-lap race, but bad luck struck with four laps remaining in the race when Hornaday ran out of fuel while running second. He finished 29th, three laps down to the winner.
Hornaday now sits second in the standings, 65 points behind race winner and points leader Johnny Benson with four races remaining in the season.
T.J. Bell, Jr., No. 7 Home4theholidays.org Silverado, finished sixth. Matt Crafton, No. 88 Menards/Super Clean Silverado, remains third in the NCTS standings with an eighth place finish in today's race.
Following Benson at the finish were Dennis Setzer, Rick Crawford, Kyle Busch and Todd Bodine.
The next stop for Team Chevy Silverado in the NCTS is October 25 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
RON HORNADAY, JR., NO. 33 CAMPING WORLD SILVERADO, STARTED 1ST, FINISHED 29th:
NOTE -- HORNADAY RAN OUT OF FUEL WITH FOUR LAPS REMAINING IN THE RACE WHILE RUNNING SECOND:
"We had a great truck today, that is all you can ask for. You try to save fuel, but you can't, especially here at Martinsville. Johnny (Benson) was a lot better up off the corner, so he was probably saving a little bit getting in. We win and lose as a team, we'll take this one and go on. I don't know where this puts us but, it was a bad day for us. I guess next time; I will just stop on the track and cause a big wreck. I was trying to be as nice as I can and stop on the bottom. Guess I will just stop in the groove next time. A lot of other guys would have ran out if we would have went a green-white-checkered. Good day for our Camping World Chevrolet. We sat on the pole and ran good that is all I can ask. We just run every race as hard as we can and we came up a little short.
"We were worried about what Johnny was doing and we should have just went ahead and pitted and put four tires on. We had a good truck. We could have come up through the pack. Darn, it is just one of those things."
HOW SURPRISED WERE YOU THAT NASCAR DIDN'T CALL A CAUTION? "I don't know. There was only five laps to go, what can you do. I can't believe they didn't throw one with the No. 6 truck when we were coming off the corner wide open. I don't know. It is all right."
DID YOU THINK YOU WERE GOING TO BE THAT CLOSE ON FUEL? "Yes, we knew it. I was saving fuel the whole time, trying to. Martinsville is tough to do it. I was shutting the truck off, flipping it back on. Still didn't save enough. We'll see. We will just have to get a bigger fuel cell like everybody else. It was tough, it was tough, I mean it was tough to do. The No. 81 ran out and stuff like that. We paid our price with the horsepower we got with Mark Smith and all the guys; we'll go on and do what we have to do."
YOU HAD SOME BEATING AND BANGING WITH JOHNNY, IS THAT TYPICAL TRUCK RACING? "I don't know if there was beating and banging. I got in to the back of Johnny once and he got in to the side of me. We aren't going to wreck each other. Johnny and I race hard together. I am glad he one, it is just going to make it that much tougher on us. We have four races to go. These guys are up for the task. We are going to run every race like it is the last race and we will go from there. I would rather be behind than in front."
HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR CHANCES IN THE LAST FOUR RACES? "I like my chances everywhere. Kevin and DeLana (Harvick) have been giving me great trucks. Rick Ren (crew chief), all the guys, VFW with all their support. Mark Smith with the motors. We just have to get better fuel mileage, and we don't know why. Every year we do this and we try and figure it out. We will take the horsepower with the fuel mileage; we just have to figure it out right now. Chevrolet has been working hard. Highs and Lows. This is the funny part about the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. You think you are on top and all of a sudden you are back on the bottom. We will keep on running and try to make the last race. Congratulations to Johnny, he had a great truck."
MATT CRAFTON, NO. 88 MENARDS/SUPER CLEAN SILVERADO, STARTED 17TH, FINISHED 8th:
"Pretty decent finish for what we started with. We came in and took four (tires) and everybody else came in and took two or just a splash of fuel. We came in, luckily. Bud Haefle (crew chief), he made an awesome call because we came in with the everybody else, the other Chevys that ran out of gas and about 10 laps after that, we were fourth from the last truck on the lead lap. So he said, let's come in and top this thing off, I know you can get by these next four trucks really quick. So we came it, plugged ours and topped it back off, put a gallon or so in it. I will be very curious to see how much is in it now. This one is because of Bud, the guys in the pits, all the guys did a great job. This Menards Chevy, in practice if you would have asked me if we were going to have a top-10, I would have said no way in hell. They never said die. If you would have seen this truck, the things they changed on it after practice before we went and qualified, you would have been very impressed with what they did today."
OTHER SILVERADO FINISHERS:
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 2 R&L CARRIERS/YOUCRATE.COM SILVERADO, STARTED 3RD, FINISHED 15th: NOTE: Ran out of fuel on final lap running second
SHELBY HOWARD, NO. 13 FARMPAINT.COM SILVERADO, STARTED 11TH, FINISHED 13TH
DONNY LIA, NO. 12 NATIONRIDES.COM SILVERADO, STARTED 11TH, FINISHED 28TH: NOTE: Ran out of fuel with less than 10 laps to remaining running in the top-10
J.R. FITZPATRICK, NO. 12 MAMMOET.COM SILVERADO, STARTED 19TH, FINISHED 21st
JEFF GREEN, NO. 40 WESTERMAN COMPANIES SILVERADO, STARTED 25TH, FINISHED 31st
BEN STANCILL, NO. 71 TRG MOTORSPORTS SILVERADO, STARTED 26TH, FINISHED 20th
T.J. BELL, JR. NO. 7 HOME4THEHOLIDAYS.ORG SILVERADO, STARTED 29TH, FINISHED 6th
CHAD MCCUMBEE, NO. 8 MALCOMSON CONSTRUCTION SILVERADO, STARTED 30TH, FINISHED 24th
JOHNNY SAUTER, NO. 07 ASI LIMITED SILVERADO, STARTED 33RD, FINISHED 23RD
CHRIS JONES, NO. 0 COPY WIZARD SILVERADO, STARTED 34TH, FINISHED 32nd
HERMIE SADLER, NO. 48 DIRECTV HOT PASS/TNA WRESTLING SILVERADO, STARTED 35Th, FINISHED 26th
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