Ron Hornaday Captures Fourth Win of the Season, 37th of Career and First at Gateway International Raceway Victory Closes Gap in Points Battle with Eight Races Remaining in the Season Madison, IL -- Team Chevy driver Ron Hornaday, Jr., No. 33...
Ron Hornaday Captures Fourth Win of the Season, 37th of Career and First at Gateway International Raceway
Victory Closes Gap in Points Battle with Eight Races Remaining in the Season
Madison, IL -- Team Chevy driver Ron Hornaday, Jr., No. 33 Camping World/RVs.com Silverado, captured his fourth win of the 2008 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) season and the 37th victory of his career in the Camping World 200 at Gateway International Raceway. Today's win is the first for the three-time and defending NCTS champion at the track just east of St. Louis.
Starting on the outside of the front row, Hornaday went to the lead immediately and would go on to lead four times for a total of 113 circuits of the 160-lap race.
The win for the Kevin Harvick, Inc. (KHI) driver tightened up the series' championship battle pulling Hornaday to within just 94 points of the leader (Johnny Benson) with eight races remaining on the '08 schedule.
Jack Sprague, No. 2 American Commercial Lines Silverado, finished fifth. Sprague, also a three-time NCTS driver from the KHI stable was a contender throughout the race, leading one time for three laps. Sprague remains eighth in the standings.
Matt Crafton, No. 88 Menards/Ideal Door Silverado, remains third in the championship battle, 105 points behind Hornaday, after finishing 12th in today's race.
Chad McCumbee, No. 8 Malcolmson Construction Silverado, scored a solid 11th place finish and sits just outside the top-10 in points in 11th place.
Marc Davis, No. 81 Howard University-WHUR Radio Silverado fielded by Randy Moss Motorsports, scored an impressive 16th place finish in his debut NCTS run. The 18-year old rookie driver started 12th and ran a solid, consistent race to capture his lead-lap finish.
Brian Scott, No. 16 Albertsons Silverado, Jeff Green, No. 40 Westerman Companies Silverado and Andy Lally, No. 71 Bryan Mark Financial Group Silverado all scored top-20 finished in the 17th race of the year finishing 14th, 18th and 20th respectively.
Dennis Setzer, Benson and Todd Bodine were other top-five finishers.
RON HORNADAY, NO. 33 CAMPING WORLD SILVERADO, STARTED 2ND, FINISHED 1ST:
"Man, Rick Ren (crew chief) did it again with that four tire call. This is just unbelievable.
"They built a new Victory Lane here and it's beautiful. They do driver intros here and I kind of walked around to check it out. We're finally here. It's cool.
"Rick Ren and all the guys at Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI)- this is for them and for Camping World. I had a brand new truck and I drove my guts out. This truck was awesome all day. Jack (Sprague) got in the back of me coming off (Turn) 4 and I got caught behind (Mike) Skinner. After that I don't know what happened to Jack. Great call by Rick to put four tires on at the end and - gosh - it's cool; it's a lot of fun.
"We're looking good. It's not what we wanted with Johnny (Benson), we needed a little bit more -what'd he finish? Like third or something like that? -- but we led the most laps. This is what KHI is all about, building new trucks and going out and doing that. I have to thank Rick Carelli (KHI general manager and Hornaday's spotter) and all the guys back here and Rick Ren. This is so much fun. I had a lot fun and this is what it's about, this is what winning a championship is all about.
"I am so proud to drive for KHI, Silverado and Camping World. Mark Smith just does incredible things with our engine program. They told me I had new trucks for the rest of the year and that just shows how hard we are working to win this championship.
"Carelli was up there helping me with lines, I was just a little tight so I drove it in straight and it would get through and up off the corner. I made a wrong call earlier in the race but Rick got it right. When Johnny Benson took two tires for track position, that was a good call for him and he is so tough. It is tough to pass here so I knew I was going to have to really drive hard to get this win.
"My hats off to Jack and his whole team, they are working hard too. Both teams are working hard. Man, this is cool."
JACK SPRAGUE, NO. 2 AMERICAN COMMERCIAL LINES SILVERADO, STARTED 10TH, FINISHED 5TH:
"I am not sure what happened on that pit stop. Congratulations to Ron (Hornaday) and all the No. 33 team. Ernie (Cope, crew chief) and the guys gave me a great truck today. We had good pit stops, Ernie made good calls so another good run and good finish for us. We were just a little too loose for a little too long and all those cautions were hurting us. We needed longer runs and about the time my truck would start to come in, we would get another caution. We had loosen the truck up just a little early in the race because we were just a little tight. But, still a good run for this American Commercial Lines Chevrolet and everyone at KHI and on our team."
CHAD MCCUMBEE, NO. 8 MALCOLMSON CONSTRUCTION SILVERADO, STARTED 20TH, FINISHED 11th.
"It was a good day. It was a good points day. It ended up that way anyway. We struggled most of the weekend with some brakes stuff and that seemed to be a little better in the race. Actually worked to our helping there at the end. We got involved in a little bit of a skirmish there about three quarters of the way through the race. I think that knocked the tow out a little bit. We just couldn't do anything that last run. I felt like we could have a solid top-10 and we fell right outside the top 10 in 11th. Like I say, good points day. Wish it was one position more because the statistician doesn't know what 11th is."
MATT CRAFTON, NO. 88 MENARDS/IDEAL DOOR SILVERADO, STARTED 25TH, FINISHED 12th.
"I had a good truck yesterday in practice and we didn't qualify as well as we would have liked. We struggled all day and I'm looking forward to getting out of here and going to New Hampshire next week."
MARC DAVIS, NO. 81 HOWARD UNIVERSITY-WHUR RADIO SILVERADO, STARTED 12TH, FINISHED 16th
TALK ABOUT YOUR DAY TODAY. "The race was really good for us. Qualified 12th and we were in the top 15 pretty much all day. Learned a whole lot. Initially in the race our lap times were alright and really couldn't hang with the people. Couldn't really hang with the other cars in traffic. The car was coming in a little bit more and I was able to run some people down. It was a really good learning day for us.
HOW DID IT FEEL TO BE RUNNING JUST OUTSIDE THE TOP-10 IN YOUR FIRST RACE? "We were really good on long runs. I actually kind of got schooled on the restarts a little bit. Some of the veterans they showed me what was up on the restart. It definitely gives us something to go back and learn on and be a little more aggressive on the restarts. It's a little different than the East Series, how they go about the restarts as well. But on the long runs we were really good."
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO HAVE YOUR FIRST CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES RACE BEHIND YOU? "It's definitely a big accomplishment and a relief. We came out here and never really been in the trucks before. Never been to Gateway (International Raceway) before. Gateway was a really tough race track. I was really glad to come out here and take so easily to the race track and the trucks as well. I really had a whole lot of fun and they were a whole lot different."
OTHER SILVERADO FINISHERS:
BRIAN SCOTT, NO. 16 ALBERTSON'S SILVERADO, STARTED 3RD, FINISHED 14th.
JEFF GREEN, NO. 40 WESTERMAN COMPANIES SILVERADO, STARTED 27TH, FINISHED 18th.
ANDY LALLY, NO. 71 BRYANMARK FINANCIAL GROUP SILVERADO, STARTED 24TH, FINISHED 20th.
SHELBY HOWARD, NO.13 FARMPAINT.COM SILVERADO, STARTED 17TH, FINISHED 23rd.
TJ BELL JR., NO. 7 HEATHCLIFF'S CAT LITTER SILVERADO, STARTED 13TH, FINISHED 29th.
BRADLEY RIETHMEVER, NO. 54 CALICO COATINGS SILVERADO, STARTED 34TH, FINISHED 31st.
ROBB BRENT, NO. 19 BRAD KESELOWSKI RACING SILVERADO, STARTED 26TH, FINISHED 32nd.
CHRIS JONES, NO. 07 DAYS INN SILVERADO, STARTED 28TH, FINISHED 34th.
BUTCH MILLER, NO. 0 ASI LIMITED SILVERADO, STARTED 33RD, FINISHED 35TH.
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