Ron Hornaday Wins 32nd Career Victory at O'Reilly Raceway Park; Victory is Third of 2007 Season; Moves to 77 Points of Leader in Quest for Third Championship Regan Smith and Brendan Gaughan Give Silverado Three Top-10 Finishers in Power Stroke...
Ron Hornaday Wins 32nd Career Victory at O'Reilly Raceway Park; Victory is Third of 2007 Season; Moves to 77 Points of Leader in Quest for Third Championship
Regan Smith and Brendan Gaughan Give Silverado Three Top-10 Finishers in Power Stroke Diesel 200
Cleremont, IN - Ron Hornaday, No. 33 Camping World Silverado, extended his crown as the all-time winner in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) with his win in the Power Stroke Diesel 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park. The trip to victory lane for the two-time NCTS champion was the third of the season and the 32nd of his career.
The victory closed the gap in Hornaday's quest for a third crown, pulling him within 77 points of the leader and extended his lead over third in the standings to 169 points with 14 of the 25 races on the 2007 NCTS schedule.
Regan Smith, No. 47 Ginn Resorts Silverado, drove from the 29th starting position to eighth in the finishing order in his first 2007 appearance in the NCTS.
Brendan Gaughan, No. 77 South Point Hotel Silverado, finished 10th,gains one position in the points to 14th position.
The next race for Team Chevy Silverado will be August 11, 2007 at Nashville Superspeedway.
Regan Smith, No. 47 Ginn Resorts Silverado, Started 29th, Finished 8th:
"All the guys on the Morgan-Dollar Chevy Silverado did an awesome job. Proud of all of them. Eric (Phillips, crew chief) gave me a great truck. This is great to come out here and run like this after the way this week has been. We ran really strong in the beginning; we just over adjusted just a little bit and got me a little too free there. I couldn't quite get underneath them and make passes. But where we started, all things considered, just really proud of all those guys and happy to get a top-10 for them. I hope I get to drive it a couple more times this year and get even better finishes for them.
"I was just loose and if I tried to roll the top and keep my momentum up, I just couldn't do it. I would go to get on the gas, I would like on a monkey on a football out there. The bottom was working for me so I just went with it."
Brendan Gaughan, No. 77 South Point Hotel Silverado, Started 19th, Finished 10th:
"It was a solid night for the South Point Chevrolet team. It wasn't perfect, but it was a good night and with the luck we have been having recently, we'll take it. Kelly Sutton sent us a monkey this weekend that she had used in the past, and I think it helped us tonight.
"It was a track position battle all night, and we just couldn't get it. We had a great truck in practice and qualifying was rained out, so we had to start pretty far back. We worked our way up close to 10th and then we struggled on our pit stop and we had to do it all over again. I think we got as high up as ninth tonight in some great NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series side-by-side battles.
"With the struggles this team has had luck wise, I'm happy with a 10th-place tonight. I think we all are, but we want more than that. I've told the guys that this is the best short track truck I have ever had. It is a great Chevrolet Silverado. We didn't tear it up tonight; so we can go and make it better instead of having to put it back together."
Dennis Setzer, No. 75 Spear Manufacturing Silverado, Started 12th Finished 13th:
"We made a lot of stops tonight and the guys made a lot of adjustments. They worked really hard there on the last stop with good adjustments and got us pretty decent there at the end. We came in and got tires with about 10 or 12 laps to go and put them to use. Very fortunate to get a few positions and come back and get a decent finish out of it. So there is something there to build on. Thanks to Spears and Chevrolet for all the help they give us, we will keep working and get them some better finishes."
Matt Crafton, No. 88 Menards Silverado, Started 10th, Finished 14th:
"We had a really good truck there at the beginning, but I don't know what happened to it. We are still kind of scratching our heads over that. We came that first stop and put tires on it and the truck absolutely lost about three-tenths a lap. We thought it was a bad set of tires so we came in and put another set on it and that set was the same way. Came in again on that next to last caution and put another set on, went up three rounds on the track bar and nothing made a difference. So I don't know if we had a spring give up or what. We struggled the last half of the race for sure."
OTHER SILVERADO FINISHERS:
Bill Lester, No. 15 Allstate Silverado, Started 22nd, Finished 16th
Tim Sauter, No. 07 Lester Buildings/ASI Silverado, Started 24, Finished 18th
Brandon Miller, No. 40 Westerman Companies Silverado, Started 27, Finished 23rd
Cale Gale, No. 2 Camping World Silverado, Started 32, Finished 24th
Willie Allen, No. 13 ThorSport Racing Silverado, Started 26, Finished 29th
Blake Bjorklund, No. 8 HAAS CNC Machine Tools Silverado, Started 30, Finished 30th
Chad McCumbee, No. 08 GPSStore.com Silverado, Started 20, Finished 34th
Tim Schendel, No. 31 Mathews Archery/Taxpar Energy Silverado, Started 35th, Finished 35th
Pierre Bourque, No. 71 driving.ca Silverado, Started 34, Finished 36th
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