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Ryan Newman Scores Career First NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Win at Atlanta; Ron Hornaday Closes Championship Battle to 31 Points with Runner-up Finish Hampton, GA -- Ryan Newman powered the No. 2 American Commercial Lines Silverado past his ...

Ryan Newman Scores Career First NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Win at Atlanta; Ron Hornaday Closes Championship Battle to 31 Points with Runner-up Finish

Hampton, GA -- Ryan Newman powered the No. 2 American Commercial Lines Silverado past his Kevin Harvick, Inc. teammate Ron Hornaday, Jr., No. 33 VFW Silverado, on the last lap at Atlanta Motor Speedway to claim his career-first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) victory.

In his first NCTS start, Newman led three times for a total of 11 laps in the E-Z-GO 200, making him just the 19th driver in NASCAR history to win a race in all three of NASCAR's Big Three national series -- Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and NCTS.

It was the first NCTS win for the No. 2 KHI Silverado as well as win number one for crew chief Ernie Cope.

Hornaday, with his runner-up finished pulled within 31 points of the championship leader with three races remaining in the 25-race season. The three-time and defending NCTS champion led three times for a total of 110s of the 130-lap race.

T.J. Bell, No. 7 Home4theHolidays.org Silverado finished ninth.

Denny Hamlin, Todd Bodine and Scott Speed complete the top-five finishers. Johnny Benson continues as the points leader.

The next event on the NCTS schedule will be October 31 at Texas Motor Speedway.

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RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 2 AMERICAN COMMERCIAL LINES SILVERADO, STARTED 10TH, FINISHED 1st:

"Great day for me obviously in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and Atlanta Motor Speedway. I want to thank the fans for coming out as well. Kevin and DeLana (Harvick) gave me this opportunity and we have the foundation on the side of the truck. I also have to thank American Commerical Lines for supporting our truck.

I didn't really save my stuff, I just took it for what it was worth and I was pretty amazed that I got the opportunity to run them down. Luckily it stayed green because we had two really good race trucks."

TELL US ABOUT RACING WITH HORNADAY. YOU WERE UP TOP, HE WAS ON THE BOTTOM. IT WAS SOME PRETTY GOOD STUFF. "Well he raced me like a gentleman and obviously he is racing for a championship and we were going for the win and he knew that because he was racing for the win too. He's a gentlemanly racer."

IT MUST HAVE BEEN FUN TO COME IN AND HAVE NO PRESSURE AND COME IN AND JUST RACE TODAY? "It was. I wish we would have had a chance to qualify these things because I could hold my Chevrolet Silverado wide open. I was wide open most of the last part of the race because it was a great handling race truck. Ernie Cope (crew chief) and all the guys at KHI do a great job."

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T.J. BELL, JR, NO. 7 HOME4THEHOLIDAYS.ORG SILVERADO, STARTED 21ST, FINISHED 9th: ON HIS FIFTH CONSECUTIVE TOP-10 FINISH:

"I wish we could have qualified. We started off a little tight, but this Home4TheHolidays.org Chevrolet Silverado was unbelievable. The guys at TRG Motorsports did great. Our Chevrolet was fast ever since we unloaded it. We worked on it all day long, and I think if we could have got the rear end into the race track a little bit better we would have finished even higher than ninth. Hopefully we can get this thing turned around and run it at Texas Motor Speedway next weekend."

ON RACING THE FINAL LAPS AGAINST NSCS REGULAR, KYLE BUSCH: "I knew he was coming and that I wasn't going to be able to hold him off forever. It just helps my confidence being able to race against those guys. That's the good thing about this Truck Series. You've got Ryan Newman who won the race in a Chevy, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and a lot of the Cup drivers who come to the Truck Series to race."

ON THE STREAK OF TOP-10 FINISHES: "I think the team has confidence me and I have confidence in them. And we're being able to work on trucks over and over again so we're able to build our notebook up and know what our trucks need. That was evident when we came off the truck today with no practice yesterday and we were fast right away. So hopefully we can get this thing fixed up from where I brushed the wall and we'll be even better in Texas."

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MATT CRAFTON, NO. 88 MENARDS/MOEN SILVERADO, STARTED 4TH, FINISHED 29th: NOTE: Crafton suffered engine failure on lap 85. The finish dropped him from third to fifth in the standing.

"I think it dropped a valve or something. It's disgusting because we were third coming in but you can forget about it now. Its kind of sickening because we'll probably be sixth and we just can't have anymore mistakes and we just have to try and get back up in the top three in points. Its all we can work on. My Chevy Silverado was good. We were just going to work on it a little bit to try and make it a truck that could contend for the win. I think (Ron) Hornaday was a little bit better than us on a short run but I believe we had a shot at him."

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OTHER SILVERADO FINISHERS:

CHAD MCCUMBEE, NO. 8 MALCOLMSON CONSTRUCTION SILVERADO, STARTED 13TH, FINISHED 15th

DONNY LIA, NO. 81 NATIONRIDES.COM SILVERADO, STARTED 19TH, FINISHED 17th

SHELBY HOWARD, NO. 13 FARMPAINT.COM SILVERADO, STARTED 22ND, FINISHED 22nd

JEFF GREEN, NO. 40 MICROTEL INNS & SUITES SILVERADO, STARTED 26TH, FINISHED 23rd

BUTCH MILLER, NO. 07 ASI LIMITED SILVERADO, STARTED 28TH, FINISHED 32nd

MARIO GOSSELIN, NO. 12 CRASHEDTOYS.COM SILVERADO, STARTED 29TH, FINISHED 24th

WAYNE EDWARDS, NO. 0 ASI LIMITED SILVERADO, STARTED 30TH, FINISHED 33rd

NORM BENNING, NO. 57 SILVERADO, STARTED 31ST, FINISHED 31st

RICHARD JOHNS, NO. 89 LAFFERTY PERFORMANCE CHEVROLET, STARTED 33RD, FINISHED 30th

CHAD MCCUMBEE, NO. 8 MALCOLMSON CONSTRUCTION SILVERADO, STARTED 13TH, FINISHED 15th

DONNY LIA, NO. 81 NATIONRIDES.COM SILVERADO, STARTED 19TH, FINISHED 17th

SHELBY HOWARD, NO. 13 FARMPAINT.COM SILVERADO, STARTED 22ND, FINISHED 22nd

JEFF GREEN, NO. 40 MICROTEL INNS & SUITES SILVERADO, STARTED 26TH, FINISHED 23rd

BUTCH MILLER, NO. 07 ASI LIMITED SILVERADO, STARTED 28TH, FINISHED 32nd

MARIO GOSSELIN, NO. 12 CRASHEDTOYS.COM SILVERADO, STARTED 29TH, FINISHED 24th

WAYNE EDWARDS, NO. 0 ASI LIMITED SILVERADO, STARTED 30TH, FINISHED 33rd

NORM BENNING, NO. 57 SILVERADO, STARTED 31ST, FINISHED 31st

RICHARD JOHNS, NO. 89 LAFFERTY PERFORMANCE CHEVROLET, STARTED 33RD, FINISHED 30th

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , Kevin Harvick , Ryan Newman , Johnny Benson , Ron Hornaday Jr. , T.J. Bell , Scott Speed , Denny Hamlin , Kyle Busch
Teams TRG Motorsports