Ron Hornaday, Jr. Takes Lead in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Points with Second Place Finish at Talladega Talladega, AL -- Three-time and defending NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) champion Ron Hornaday, Jr., No. 33 Camping World ...
Ron Hornaday, Jr. Takes Lead in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Points with Second Place Finish at Talladega
Talladega, AL -- Three-time and defending NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) champion Ron Hornaday, Jr., No. 33 Camping World Silverado took the lead in the point standings with a second-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway.
Hornaday leads the standings by 39 points with five races remaining in the 2008 season.
Starting seventh in the field, Hornaday fought back from a pit road speeding penalty to be in the mix for the win in the 94-lap/250-mile race.
Team Chevy Silverado had four drivers in the top-10 finishers in today's race. Landon Cassill, No. 81 National Guard Silverado, finished sixth. T.J. Bell, No. 7 Home 4 the Holidays/Heathcliff's Silverado, was eighth at the checkered flag with Chad McCumbee, No. 8 Malcolmson Construction Silverado finishing in the 10th position.
Todd Bodine was the race winner with Kyle Busch, Colin Braun and Mike Wallace completed the top-five finishers.
The next NCTS race is October 18 at Martinsville Speedway.
JACK SPRAGUE, NO. 2 AMERICAN COMMERCIAL LINES SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 19th, FINISHED :NOTE: Sprague made contact with the outside wall on lap 67 resulting in damage too severe to repair.
WHAT HAPPENED OUT THERE? "I have no clue. Apparently Kyle (Busch) got under me and I didn't know he was under me. The American Commercial Lines Chevrolet was good at the start then we lost a cylinder. We have been running on there on seven cylinders trying to hang on but it is over.
"Ernie (Cope, crew chief) and the guys gave me a great truck. I don't know where we were at the beginning there at the beginning there up there on the outside, about sixth, seventh. The motor just quit, then it came back on but it kept sputtering and I was down a cylinder that put us down a lap or two. I get up there in the middle of the draft and I could hang on, it was missing. I don't know. I didn't get the word Kyle was under me.
"I hate it for these guys, it has been an absolutely horrible year. We had another good shot, somewhat of a chance to win but a good shot at a great finish until it started sputtering. I don't know. It is frustrating.
LANDON CASSILL, NO. 81 NATIONAL GUARD SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 25th, FINISHED 6TH:
YOU GUYS MADE A HECK OF A RALLY THERE IN THE END. WHAT WAS THE KEY? "I don't really know. I kind of found that neither line was going to win the race for anybody and it seemed like you could get an opening and suck through the middle and then get back in line and suck back through the middle, that is what drove me from the back to the front.
"I definitely learned a little bit about drafting today and just really proud of this National Guard/Randy Moss Motorsports team today. I can't thank them enough for putting me in their Chevy Silverado. It was a lot of fun."
CHAD MCCUMBEE, NO. 8 MALCOLMSON CONSTRUCTION SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 21st, FINISHED 10TH:
YOU GUYS WERE RIGHT THERE UP FRONT TO THE END. WHAT WAS WORKING FOR YOU AND WHAT WASN'T? "Well, this is a brand new Chevy Silverado and unfortunately we didn't get a chance to take it to the wind tunnel and chassis dyno and all that good stuff that you normally do to speedway trucks. For not being able to do that these guys did a great job here because we had us a top-ten truck here today.
"It was terrible on the bottom and I don't know if we had some issues or what because at the start of the race it wouldn't run. Then all the sudden it just kind of cleared itself up. We need to go back and investigate that so it doesn't happen again.
"I had the middle and top working real well but had trouble when were out front. We could push somebody all the way to the lead, but we could not lead whatsoever. Didn't matter though where we were on the bottom because we were just stuck there.
"I felt like we had to play it safe there at the end and hopefully stay in the top-ten, so we had to stay on the bottom. But we got what this team needs we have continuous top-tens to get back in the top-ten in points. We just need to massage on that truck a little bit and it will be as good as our Daytona truck was at the beginning of the year."
OTHER SILVERADO FINISHERS:
MATT CRAFTON, NO. 88 MENARDS/SUPER CLEAN SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 12th, FINISHED 16th
T.J. BELL, JR., NO. 7 HOME 4 THE HOLIDAYS/HEATHCLIFF'S SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 24th, FINISHED 8th
JEFF GREEN, NO. 40 KEY MOTORSPORTS SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 28th, FINISHED 21ST
SHELBY HOWARD, NO. 13 FARMPAINT.COM SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 14th, FINISHED 17TH
SEAN MURPHY, NO. 07 ASI LIMITED SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 22nd, FINISHED 30TH
NORM BENNING, NO. 0 ASI LIMITED SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 29th, FINISHED 32ND
RICHARD JOHNS, NO. 89 LAFFERTY PERFORMANCE SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 33rd, FINISHED 31ST
JUSTIN HOBGOOD, NO. 53 GEORGIA BEEF BOARD SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 32nd, FINISHED 33RD
WAYNE EDWARDS, NO. 28 SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 30th, FINISHED 24TH
BRYAN SILAS, NO. 48 D.R. HORTON-AMERICAN'S BUILDER SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 31st, FINISHED 25TH
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