Kevin Harvick Wins at Phoenix; Ron Hornaday Makes History by Clinching His Fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivers' Championship Avondale, AZ - Kevin Harvick took his No. 4 Longhorn Silverado to victory lane at Phoenix International ...
Kevin Harvick Wins at Phoenix; Ron Hornaday Makes History by Clinching His Fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivers' Championship
Avondale, AZ - Kevin Harvick took his No. 4 Longhorn Silverado to victory lane at Phoenix International Raceway for the fourth time in the last five years. At the same time, he celebrated with dual burnouts down the front straightaway alongside his Kevin Harvick, Inc. driver Ron Hornaday, Jr. who made history by becoming the first four-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) champion.
Hornaday secured the unprecedented feat with a fourth place finish in tonight's race. Heading in to the season's final race next week at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the battle for the 2009 NCWTS owners' title is still undecided. DeLana Harvick holds a 60-point lead over second place.
"I couldn't think of a better track and I love Phoenix," said the newly-crowned champion. "This is a compliment to the team. It takes a lot of people to do this, all the guys back at the shop. Just had another great truck Mark Smith with the motor program and what he has done and with Chevrolet and everything they do including the wind tunnel and all their support and Pratt and Miller. It just takes a bunch of people and I am just fortunate enough that my wife and I are old enough that we are just at the race track and having fun."
Johnny Sauter, No. 13 Fun Sand/Rodney Atkins/Curb Records Silverado finished fifth in the race scheduled for 150-laps but a caution on lap 149 forced the race in to overtime for a green-white-checkered finish.
Matt Crafton, No. 88 Australian Gold/Menards Silverado, finished eighth to give Team Chevy four of the top-10 finishers in tonight's race. Crafton is second in the standings, 150 points ahead of third place as the season winds down to one race to go.
Kyle Busch (Toyota) and Aric Almirola (Toyota) finished second and third respectively.
The final event of the 2009 season will November 20 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 4 LONGHORN SILVERADO, RACE WINNER:
"Kind of wanked it there in the beginning and spun out. I don't know what happened there but the end result was I spun. I just want to thank everybody from Longhorn and KHI (Kevin Harvick, Inc.), Chevrolet, VFW, Rheem and all of these fans for coming out and supporting everything that we do. This Truck Series is a lot of fun to race in. Got to have a little bit of fun with Kyle (Busch) there at the end head to head. That is always fun so. So, great truck. Hopefully we can do the same thing next week."
HOW MUCH FUN IS IT TO HAVE A GREAT TRUCK?
"It is pretty awesome to have a vehicle like this. I mean, from the time we unloaded it, it was just flat awesome.
"To have (Ron) Hornaday clinch the drivers' championship and me win the race is pretty cool. I mean we got to do twin burnouts out there. I couldn't hardly do a burnout; he definitely had me topped on that one. I couldn't get my tires spinning. That was not good. But it was pretty cool anyway."
TALK ABOUT RON'S FOURTH CHAMPIONSHIP:
"Well Ron has been the catalyst of everything that has turned this team in to championship caliber. You know you don't have worry about what is happening from the driver's seat, you know that everything is coming out of the driver's seat that is absolutely possible. From there, we have built a team around him that was capable of giving him the trucks that he needed. Like I said, he gets everything out of them that he can. It is fun to watch and Ron is a great friend of mine. Meant a lot to me coming up through my career. To win a second championship with him is pretty cool."
RON HORNADAY, JR., NO. 33 VFW SILVERADO, FINISHED FOURTH AND CROWNED 2009 NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES CHAMPION, THE FIRST FOUR-TIME SERIES CHAMPION:
"We aren't done yet. We have to get the owner's title too. Kyle (Busch) is pretty close to us. KHI, I can't say enough for them. These trucks are awesome. I don't know what happened during the pit stop, but for them to rally back...and Rick Ren (crew chief) with that short gas just to keep us out in front of that No. 88. It is so much fun to drive for Kevin and DeLana (Harvick), I can't believe. VFW, Copart, Longhorn, I can just sit here and name everybody, it has been great. Turtle Wax, Georgia Boots, Miller Welders, thank you for all the help. Wiley X, Indian Motorcycles. It is unbelievable. This is a lot of fun.
"I am glad Kevin won this race, that is cool. This is a compliment to the team. It takes a lot of people to do this, all the guys back at the shop. Just had another great truck.
"Our favorite truck got wrecked, it really ran good here. These guys brought this truck back, I knew I didn't have a winning truck, but I had to play it smart in points."
A GREAT START TO THE SEASON, CONSISTENT, FIVE WINS IN A ROW MID-SEASON, HOW DID YOU STAY FOCUSED DURING THE LAST HALF OF THE SEASON? "We had the post lead and then we ended up wrecking at Dover. These guys never say quit. Kevin kept building me new truck each week. Kevin had a brand new truck here which will be for 2010. He is going to run one next week. I can't say enough for everyone.
"Jack Sprague, buddy, I wish you were out here racing me. I got four so now you have to come back and get another one.
"This is unbelievable. Four. We still have hard work to do. Kyle is pretty tough. We have to stick with him at Homestead to get that owner's"
MATT CRAFTON, NO. 88 AUSTRALIAN GOLD/MENARDS SILVERADO, FINISHED 8TH:
NOT EXACTLY WHAT YOU GUYS WERE LOOKING FOR BUT HOW WAS THE RACE TRUCK? "No I felt like we had a top-five truck. We didn't have a winning truck tonight for sure, but I felt we had a top five truck. We just lost a lot of spots there on that last deal. The crew guys said they dropped a lug nut and we got behind on that and some of the guys beat us out on the fuel stop and I don't think they took but a splash and there were some of the Toyotas saving fuel there in the end. They must have put just enough in it to make it.
"For some reason we were really good at the beginning........I shouldn't say really good but pretty good. And then on the last two runs we got really off for some reason. I don't know if it was air pressure or what we did but it was definitely off at the end. I don't know. Not a horrible day but not a good day."
HOW ABOUT THE CHAMPIONSHIP? YOU LOST TO ONE OF THE BEST. "I'm over it. I want to win races. I mean congratulations to Ron and the whole deal. They were good the whole year and they were winning races and we got out fuel-mileaged and beat on that. I look forward to the new......I should say the old pit rules the way it should be done and I definitely think we are going to be a lot better next year."
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