Benson holds off Hornaday for ORP victory

Johnny Benson won the Power Stroke 200 Craftsman Truck Series race at O'Reilly Raceway Park after passing Ron Hornaday Jr.and holding him of for the final 38 laps. Hornaday dominated the 200 lap race, leading 153 on his way to a second place ...

Johnny Benson won the Power Stroke 200 Craftsman Truck Series race at O'Reilly Raceway Park after passing Ron Hornaday Jr.and holding him of for the final 38 laps. Hornaday dominated the 200 lap race, leading 153 on his way to a second place finish.

The race started off relatively caution-free with two yellow periods in the first 100 laps. The second half was marred by 9 caution periods. The 11 caution periods slowed the race for a total of 48 laps.

Hornaday started fourth but quickly moved to second by the end of the first lap. He pressured pole sitter Bobby East for four laps before moving into the lead. East, who won Thursday's USAC Silver crown race managed to run close to the top five before being involved in an incident on lap 121.

Stacy Compton got squeezed between the faster trucks of Brendan Gaughan and Todd Bodine. East was collected as Gaughan spun on the front stretch. East's truck lurched to the outside, climbing the retaining the wall with the right side of his truck. East struggled with the handling to finish 19th. "The 10 got into the 4 and I got shoved into the fence," East stated. At several points in the race, Hornaday enjoyed a lead of over two seconds but those margins were quickly cut by the succession of caution periods during the second half of the race. Hornaday's downfall was trying a different line into Turn 3. After running in the high groove, Hornaday turned into Turn three early, sampling the low line. Benson didn't miss a beat and drove hard into three on the top and rocketed into the lead. Benson said, "I didn't think it was going to stick, but I had to try it."

Hornaday, who obviously wasn't pleased with finishing second, said, "I rolled the bottom and he was smart enough to roll the top. I could have raced him dirty, but Johnny doesn't race me dirty."

"Had he spent more time on the bottom earlier in the race, he probably would have been a little bit better down there," Benson said. "I went to the top and it stuck and I was able to get alongside of him" and make the pass. "It's fun to race Ron. We got by him in the pits and he got by us on the track and then we were able to get back by him."

Erik Darnell finished third followed by Matt Crafton and Shelby Howard in fifth. Donny Lia was the highest finishing rookie. He finished ninth.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , Stacy Compton , Johnny Benson , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Matt Crafton , Shelby Howard , Brendan Gaughan , Bobby East , Erik Darnell , Donny Lia