Ft.Worth, TX -- Three time and defending NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) champion Ron Hornaday, No. 33 Camping World Silverado, brought home his 35th career victory under the lights at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) . His victory in the Sam's...
Ft.Worth, TX -- Three time and defending NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) champion Ron Hornaday, No. 33 Camping World Silverado, brought home his 35th career victory under the lights at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) . His victory in the Sam's Town 400 marked the first trip to victory lane at TMS for the Kevin Harvick, Inc. KHI driver and the second win of the '08 season.
Hornaday led seven times for a total of 140 laps in the third green-white-checkered race finish of the season. The final caution flew on lap 167 with Hornaday at the point and racing resumed on lap 171 for the final time. The Palmdale California native held off the competition to grab checkers and vault his lead in the point standings to 45 over second place.
"This is Texas right?" quipped Hornaday from victory lane. "We do run good here and I have to thank Eddie (Gossage) and everyone here. This is a great race track and I have to thank the fans her, they always make it exciting and everything's big. We've always had good trucks here but to pull it off here and to have Benson back there and Jack because he probably had the truck to win it if the race had gone green.
"Rick Ren figured out what to do to this Camping World Chevrolet Silverado there at the end and to hold Kyle off and Benson, I really didn't think I had them. I don't know how I got them on the restart, or if he spun his tires or what. I just held it low and knew I could make him aero tight."
The victory was the fourth win for Chevrolet in '08 and the eighth victory for Silverado at TMS. Chevrolet continues to lead the NCTS manufacturers' championship standings.
Jack Sprague, No. 2 Road Loans Silverado, finished fourth after battling most of the race with his KHI teammate Hornaday. Sprague led three times for a total of 20 laps and jumped to fifth in the standings with nine races in the books.
Chad McCumbee, No. 8 Malcolmson Construction Silverado, finish sixth, his fifth top-10 run of the year. McCumbee is eighth in the standings.
Matt Crafton, No. 88 Menards/Vertis Silverado, finished seventh and is 45 points behind Hornaday in the standings.
There were 14 lead changes among seven drivers in the race that saw eight caution periods for a total of 44 laps.
JACK SPRAGUE, NO. 2 Road Loans Silverado, Started 8th, Finished 4th:
"We are really close to getting a win. I just want to thank Kevin and DeLana (Harvick, team owners) and everybody at KHI for working so hard. You know this is a brand new team and nine or 10 races in to this thing and we have had a shot to win several. I had the truck tonight. Ernie (Cope, crew chief) and the guys gave me a great Road Loans Chevrolet and on the long runs I could just drive away. Especially that set of tires there where we put 65-70 laps on them, that thing was just awesome. I keep up with Ron and those guys on the restarts, which is very unusual so I knew I was in good shape.
"That last set of tires, I don't know, we made no adjustments and I was just sideways in and tight in the middle and sideways off, it would never come to me, I could never get a hold of it and we never had long green flag run the last 50 or 60 laps, that didn't help us. But, still the tires, I couldn't get a hold of anything, where as I could earlier on with the other set of tires. It is just unfortunate; we picked that set to go on last. I just want to say hi to my wife and kids and I love them, be home in a little while.
"It was a good run for us, but damn it, I want to win."
Chad McCumbee, No. 8 Malcolmson Construction Silverado, Started 10th, Finished 6th:
You guys looked like you had some handling problems earlier but came back through the field and had a good finish. How was it?
"Man I would take that all day long. If you would have told me that, I wouldn't have been happy about that at the beginning of the race but as soon as we got twenty laps in if you would have told me that I would have signed up right then.
That was a very hard fought sixth-place finish. We just struggled a little bit. This is a brand new truck and the first time we have run it and you know every truck is going to have different characteristics. We're trying some different stuff and we've got to get better, but we've got to do something and try to be winning every race. We'll keep trying we're learning and I can't thank everyone enough for how hard they are working. This is a long stretch for everyone and they keep preparing me good Silverado race trucks.
We've got a great team together and we've got a ton of backing. We've just got to get that sponsor and we're going to take off and we'll keep climbing that ladder."
Matt Crafton, No. 88 Menards/Vertis Silverado, Started 24th, Finished 7th:
Not a bad night. You guys made a rally to the front. "We fought the thing all night and we just could not get the balance right. We started 24th and it's just so tough to pass. I mean this plate they have put on these trucks has just completely killed the racing here. It's been decent at other places but if you were four-tenths better than the guy in front of you but if you catch him you can't do anything with him. You can't drive the top side."
-credit: gm racing