Ron Hornaday Holds Fast to Point Standings Lead with Runner-Up Finish at New Hampshire; Four Silverado Drivers Score Top-Five Finishes in Heluva Good! 200 Loudon, NH - With a strong runner-up finish in the Heluva Good! 200, Ron Hornaday, No. 33...
Ron Hornaday Holds Fast to Point Standings Lead with Runner-Up Finish at New Hampshire; Four Silverado Drivers Score Top-Five Finishes in Heluva Good! 200
Loudon, NH - With a strong runner-up finish in the Heluva Good! 200, Ron Hornaday, No. 33 Copart Silverado, sits atop the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point standings holding a 217-point margin over second with just six races remaining in the season.
In his quest for an unprecedented fourth NCWTS championship, Hornaday battled the last one-third of the 200-lap race with his Kevin Harvick, Inc. teammate and boss, Kevin Harvick, No. 2 Dupli-Color Silverado, who finished in third place.
Matt Crafton, who sits second in the standings behind Hornaday, brought his No. 88 Sylvania/Menards Silverado to the finish in fourth place. He was followed by his teammate, Johnny Sauter in the No. 13 Fun Sand/Rodney Atkins/Curb Records Silverado in the fifth postion.
Kyle Busch (Toyota) won the race.
The next event for the NCWTS will be on September 26 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 2 DUPLI-COLOR SILVERADO, FINISHED 3RD:
TALK ABOUT THE STRATEGY AND THOUGHT PROCESS FOR YOU AND YOUR TEAMMATE AS THE LAPS WERE WINDING DOWN: "Well, there was no thought process obviously. If you are going to have team work, you have got to have a two-way street. So, it is something that we'll address when we get to the shop. I feel like we had the best two trucks. The Dupli-Color Chevrolet was good and just poor communication between Rick Carelli (spotter) and (Ron) Hornaday and Rick Ren. And I felt like we gave it away."
WHAT HAPPENED BETWEEN YOU AND RON HORNADAY IN THE FINAL LAPS? "I don't think anything happened, I just think it was poor communication from a crew chief and a spotter to not give the race away. I didn't want to get loose up underneath Ron (Hornaday) and have something happen. You've gotta use your head and we gave one away."
RON HORNADAY, NO. 33 COPART SILVERADO, FINISHED 2ND:
YOUR TEAM OWNER AND TEAMMATE, KEVIN HARVICK, FELT LIKE THERE WAS SOME MISCOMMUNICATION THERE AT THE END, WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS: "He got up to me three or four times and I backed off and he run underneath me. I didn't know if he was getting loose or whatever underneath me. Darn, I had older tires and I knew he had fresher tires. I'll take second. That is all I can do.
"I was just tight in the center in one or two. In three and four, I was really good. It was a good run for the Copart Chevrolet. We'll take that. I don't know what I did wrong, I have to find out."
WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON WHAT HAPPENED IN THE FINAL LAPS? "We just got racing together. I let him get a good run going into three and I didn't know if he got loose getting in so I guess I pinched him down a little -- I don't know. A good run after all for the Copart Chevrolet. KHI (Kevin Harvick Incorporated) gave that one to Kyle (Busch). I don't know if Kyle (Busch) had enough fuel to finish or not, but we had a good eight gallons in ours, so we did. It was still a good day."
WAS THERE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE TWO KHI TEAMS IN THE FINAL LAPS? "No communication, just racing."
MATT CRAFTON, NO. 88 SYLVANIA/MENARDS SILVERADO, FINISHED 4TH:
TALK ABOUT YOUR DAY TODAY: "It was eventful. We just never gave up. On the first run, we were really really tight. The second run, we made a lot of progress with it. On the first run, got that left front fender killed really really early. It is aggravating. But got fourth place. We lost some points (to leader, Hornaday) but at least we got away from the guy behind us some more. It is all good."
HOW WAS YOUR RUN AT NEW HAMPSHIRE? "The truck was just too tight. It would fire off and it would be really lose in and then we just had a tight spot right in the middle. We never could get rid of that and it wouldn't roll the middle like we did. These guys never give up. I can't thank these guys enough on this Menard/Sylvania truck. It was good, but it wasn't good enough. Track position was everything today. Like I said, I can't thank these guys enough -- they never give up. We suffered a little bit of left-front fender damage on lap four and I think that didn't help us."
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