Ron Hornaday, Jr. Captures the Win at Dover; Scores Third Consecutive Win for Silverado Victory in AAA Insurance 200 is Second of Season for Two-Time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Champion and 31st of his NCTS Career DOVER, DE - Ron Hornaday,...
Ron Hornaday, Jr. Captures the Win at Dover; Scores Third Consecutive Win for Silverado
Victory in AAA Insurance 200 is Second of Season for Two-Time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Champion and 31st of his NCTS Career
DOVER, DE - Ron Hornaday, Jr., No. 33 Camping World Silverado fielded by Kevin Harvick, Inc., wanted the Monster Trophy a driver receives for winning a race at Dover International Speedway. And that is precisely what he took back to his North Carolina home, the trophy for his first victory at the Monster Mile.
On his way to his second victory in three races and the third consecutive win for Silverado, the two-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) champion led three times in the 200-lap/200-mile race for a total of 91 laps to capture his 31st career win, all behind the wheel of a Chevy Silverado.
Starting 15th, Hornaday started making his way to the front of the field as his first pit stop tightened his Silverado up enough for him to make it stick any place he put it on the one-mile concrete oval. Hornaday is second in the NCTS point standings with eight of the 25 races on the 2007 schedule in the record books, 77 points down to the leader.
Top Silverado qualifiers Clint Bowyer, No. 2 Camping World Silverado, and Brendan Gaughan, No. 77 Georgetown University/South Point Hotel Silverado were involved in a first-lap multi-truck incident. Both Chevys were damaged to severely to repair, however, both drivers were uninjured in the incident.
Kyle Busch, who qualified fourth, led twice for a total of 78 laps before cutting a right front tire on lap 180 forcing him to pit and relegating him to a 12th place finish, one lap down to the leaders.
Chevrolet has closed the gap in NCTS Manufacturers' standings sitting in second place with 51 points, three 2007 victories only seven points out of first place.
RON HORNADAY, NO. 33 CAMPING WORLD SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 15TH, WINNER:
"I owe everything to Rick Ren and all the guys on this Camping World Silverado. These guys have done good. I guess I just love the colors blue and yellow because since Camping World has come on board, things have gone our way. Awesome day. We changed everything on this truck. We were nothing like Clint's (Bowyer) truck. He was definitely the dominate truck in practice yesterday and all of that. We were doubting ourselves this morning, then we found a bad shock this morning. Rick Ren is the best. It took me 20 laps to figure out how to drive this thing but once I did, we went forward. I just want to thank Camping World, Chevrolet, everyone at Kevin Harvick, Inc., especially Kevin and DeLana for giving me this opportunity. This is just awesome, to do this at Dover, all these great fans that stayed here in this heat to watch this truck race.
"I said I would give up Mansfield last week to win at Dover, I wanted that rock guy right there (the Dover trophy) and now I have him!
"Rick Ren and I are just really working as a team, we have won two of the last three races. I have to tell you I hated him in qualifying, that truck was so loose. He said, don't worry we will be good. I was all worried, I told NASCAR we might be a little late because we found something wrong in the front shocks. Rick told me to trust him and I did and I know now to just put my faith in his hands. Rick and the guys on the team have just done an awesome job.
"I am going to keep driving as long as my wife lets me, I will keep driving. I owe all of this to my wife, the Lord and my whole family to let me drive. I want to dedicate this race to little Tanner, a friend of the family who has been sick."
KYLE BUSCH, NO 51 FLANDERS BEEF PATTIES SILVERADO, QUALIFIED FOURTH, FINISHED 12TH (ONE-LAP DOWN)
NOTE - BLEW OUT RIGHT FRONT TIRE ON LAP 180 RUNNING SECOND PITTED UNDER GREEN: "Frustrating end to what should have been a good day. We had the Silverado to pass Hornaday but I made a last minute call not to take tires on our second stop thinking surely that the race would have a caution. I still can't believe we ran that long on a green flag here in the Truck Series. I knew with 30 to go that had killed the right side tires and we saw when I came in that the right front had split. I just hate it for this Billy Ballew Motorsports team, we should have had the win but tires are key."
CLINT BOWYER, NO. 2 CAMPING WORLD SILVERADO, QUALIFIED SECOND, FINISHED 33RD:
NOTE - BOWYER WAS INVOLVED IN A MULTI-TRUCK ACCIDENT ON LAP ONE AND RETIRED: "He (Mike Skinner) got loose and didn't lift, drove it in to me and took us out. I guess the old man didn't want the kid to get him."
BRENDAN GAUGHAN, NO 77 SOUTH POINT HOTEL/GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY SILVERADO, QUALIFIED FIFTH, FINISHED 36TH:
NOTE - GAUGHAN WAS INVOLVED IN A MULTI-TRUCK ACCIDENT ON LAP ONE AND RETIRED: "My South Point Chevrolet race team just can't catch a break. We have had such great trucks the last weeks in a row and whether we have small engine issues, coil bind issues or wrong place wrong time issues, we just can't catch a break. We had Georgetown on the side of our truck this weekend, trying to donate some money back to the school and have NASCAR do it for me. Those guys on the front row decided to be knuckleheads right off the start and beat and bang on each other on the first lap. I mean, I believe I was told for years, in order to finish first, at first you have to finish. I would just like a chance to get a run at it past turn one."
OTHER SILVERADO FINISHERS:
CHAD MCCUMBEE, NO. 08 THEGPS STORE,COM SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 14TH, FINISHED 13TH
WILLIE ALLEN, NO. 13 NATIONAL PORK BOARD SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 25TH, FINISHED 14TH
BLAKE BJORKLUND, NO. 8 MRD SILVERADO, QUALFIEID 27TH, FINISHED 16TH TIM SAUTER, NO. 07 LESTER BUILDINGS SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 29TH, FINISHED 17TH
DENNIS SETZER, NO. 75 SPEARS MANUFACTURING SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 26TH, FINISHED 19TH
JASON WHITE, NO. 7 HOOTER'S ENERGY DRINK SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 35TH, FINISHED 22ND
SHANE HUFFMAN, NO. 40 CURTIS KEY PLUMBING/2FATGUYS AMERICAN GRILL, QUALFIED 28TH, FINISHED 24TH
MATT CRAFTON, NO.88 MENARDS/PITTSBURG PAINTS SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 24TH, FINISHED 26TH
MORGAN SHEPARD, NO. 06 ENGINE PARTS PLUS SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 33RD, FINISHED 29TH
KRAIG KINSER, NO. 47 GINN RESORTS SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 22ND, FINISHED 31ST
DANA WHITE, NO 86 888KARPORT.COM SILVERADO, QUALFIED 36TH, FINISHED 32ND
BILL LESTER, NO. 15 CHRISTIAN DEBT CONSOLIDATION SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 18TH, FINISHED 35TH
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