Martinsville II: Hornada Jr post race interview

Ron Hornaday, Jr., No. 33 Camping World Silverado, Started 12th, Finished 3rd: "We just came through it, that is all I can say. We were just so tight up off the corner. Rick Ren (crew chief) and all the guys are doing a great job, just giving...

Ron Hornaday, Jr., No. 33 Camping World Silverado, Started 12th, Finished 3rd:

"We just came through it, that is all I can say. We were just so tight up off the corner. Rick Ren (crew chief) and all the guys are doing a great job, just giving me awesome trucks. I messed up in the pits. I was sliding a little bit, the put Coke down so I would get good grip and the thing stopped just a little too short and they couldn't get the gas in at the right spot, so we lost a couple spots there. What a come back, these guys are tough. I have no idea what the No. 59 was doing. He come down and just about wrecked everybody. He came down; I hopped the rear tires and about five of us crashed in to him. I don't know how I saved it, but that is about the angriest I have been in a race at another driver for a very long time, no respect for anyone out there. Thanks to Chevrolet, Camping World, Kevin and DeLana Harvick for this great opportunity.

"The whole day was pretty strange. (Mike) Skinner did what he had to do. On that last restart, I told Jack (Sprague) he was going to have to go to the outside because Skinner was stopping us in corners and I was running fourth or fifth and we were playing bumper tag out there. Skinner did everything he had to do to keep that train from going. The only shot we had was going to the outside and I did and picked up a couple of spots.

"I hope I didn't mess Matt Crafton up too bad, he has been a big supporter of mine in the championship battle. As tight as we were off the corners, I did all I could with it. If we had been able to come in to the pits, we could have changed the truck around. We had to fight for what we got. We will take third, it could have been a lot worse.

"We might have done more adjusting but we didn't do that, we only pitted once. I don't know if they need to make this race a lot longer or give us smaller fuel cells or what, so we can have some more pit stops because you really have to guess when you come out of the box.

ON STRATEGY WITH FIVE LAPS TO GO IN THE RACE:

"I didn't even care about points at that point, I was so mad. Terry Cook is a friend of mine, I don't know what happened up front, but all I know was that when I went down the back straightaway, he ran slap in to the side of me and I started wheel hopping really bad and it about tore our truck up. I guess he was upset at whoever moved him out of the way because he about took out Crafton when he came back out and in front of me, I started wheel hopping really bad. I think I tore something out of the back of the truck. It wasn't the same. We were just tight up off the corner. Coming down to the last laps, I told Rick Carelli, my spotter, to go over and tell Sprague's spotter to move to the outside because Skinner is dead stopping us in the middle of the corner and we were playing bumper tag. I got down there and I was going to start turning down and everybody stopped and I said, nope, I am going to roll on the outside and it s eemed to work. "

ON ROOKIES IN THE RACE TODAY:

"The didn't seem to be the problem out there today, it was the veterans in a number of trucks we see out here every week. I didn't have a problem with them; the lapped traffic wasn't a problem. "

ON LAST LAP BATTLE WITH CRAFTON:

"It looked like he was loose and when I got him pinned down in the corner, he got loose and got up in to me coming off of two or where ever it was. We ran two laps like that, side-by-side. I don't know if I pinched him down or what. I hope he isn't too mad. He has been a big supporter in the championship; he was a lot of help at Talladega and other race tracks. We talk a lot. It looked like he gave me the spot, got in to me off of two again, I got back in front of him again. I don't know if he was going underneath me and the No. 14 (Rick Crawford) got in to him, but he spun out. I hate to see that because he had a good top-five run going there."

ON WHAT HE SAW IN HIS MIRROR OF LAST LAP CRASH:

"I didn't really look at it. I was looking forward and hoping Sprague got Skinner turned around, he didn't do it for me (LAUGHS)."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ron Hornaday Jr. , Terry Cook , Rick Crawford , Matt Crafton , Rick Carelli , DeLana Harvick