Phoenix II: Second in the standings post race interview

Ron Hornaday, Jr. HOW ABOUT THE ROUSH RACING GUYS COMING OVER AND HELPING YOUR GUYS FIX YOUR TRUCK AFTER THE WRECK? "Well, that is the first thing I want to say. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is just unbelievable when you go out there and...

Ron Hornaday, Jr.

HOW ABOUT THE ROUSH RACING GUYS COMING OVER AND HELPING YOUR GUYS FIX YOUR TRUCK AFTER THE WRECK?

"Well, that is the first thing I want to say. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is just unbelievable when you go out there and wreck a truck and to see the Roush boys over there and some Dodge boys over there. Just to see these guys want the thirty-three truck out there and make a points race out of this thing. My hat's off to everybody and from the bottom of my heart I've got to thank them all because that was so awesome. I had more tears in my eyes to see those guys working on that truck and I was almost giggling. Its like when I saw Johnny (Benson) wreck his truck I was like thinking, 'wow, nobody wants to win this championship.' " Its like I told you guys earlier, the guy that has the least amount of problems is going to win this championship. Then we wreck it and I am apologizing to my guys and then I don't know how many laps later I see Johnny in the fence. It happens, and Kyle, I am not blaming him for nothing. "He is a hard racing guy and I got in there and I thought I beat him to the corner and he rolled the corner on the outside of me and it just sucked the truck around and I got loose and I tried to save it and I got into him a little bit and it went around the rest of the way. So, darn, it just happens and I hate to see it for our guys because the VFW Chevrolet Silverado was awesome and at least I could have waited one more corner to figure out if it was fast or not, but I knew it was fast.

Things happen and I guess Kevin didn't hire me to go out there and run slow. I would have liked to have seen what the truck was going to do. I think that the race was going to come down to Kevin and I at the end."

RON, HOW DELIGHTED ARE YOU THAT BENSON HAD JUST AS BAD A NIGHT THAT YOU DID AND THAT THERE ARE NOW ONLY THREE POINTS THAT SEPARATE THE TWO OF YOU?

"Johnny and I said we are going to go fishing and whoever catches a fish first is going to win the championship because we definitely don't want to win this thing on the racetrack for darn sure because we are both wrecking. All you got to do is laugh, because here is Johnny wrecked and I am wrecked and we are going to run into each other going down the

"I came here in 1992 and a lot of people don't know the story but an exhaust pipe went through the windshield at about lap thirty or thirty-five. We kept coming in the pit to tape the roof on the thing and we burned the clutch up and we had to come behind pit wall and we were ninety-seven laps down in a hundred and forty-something lap race and Doug George was leading the race and he blows a front tire going into (turns) three and four and that puts Rick Carelli in the points deal. We get our car running back with about five laps to go and putt around at half speed with no clutch in it, no nothing and I have a broken femur bone in my arm and Rick Carelli blows a tire coming off turn four and causes a big melee and we squeaked through the thing and I ended up winning the championship by three points.

The ups and downs, you can't be more up and down than that."

WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THAT FIRST LAP, DID YO HAVE ANY THOUGHT AT ALL THAT YOU COULD END UP WITH JUST A THREE-POINT MARGIN AT THE END?

"I thought I was going to get fired. That was the stupidest thing I've ever done in my life. Knowing (Kyle) Busch was on the outside and me driving in there as hard as he is, that was total stupidity on my part. Kyle's got nothing to lose out there but to win that race. I really thought I had a half of truck on him getting in and I knew I got in really good and he got in that much better. I needed just another couple of inches. I got loose and I just tagged the back of him and spun the rest of the way around. If I knew that was going to happen I probably would have wrecked him and myself together and we wouldn't have had that problem. He's a hard racer, a hard competitor. I ain't blaming him for it, he wants to win a race. Some day he's going to go for a championship and he's going to be within five points and come down to a couple of races to go and I'm going to be the one that's going to run him like a dog. I'm going to run him real hard."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ron Hornaday Jr. , Rick Carelli