RON HORNADAY, JR. STAYS IN CHAMPIONSHIP HUNT WITH FOURTH PLACE FINISH AT TEXAS Ft. Worth, TX - Ron Hornaday, Jr., No. 33 Camping World Silverado, stayed solidly in the hunt for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) championship with a fourth...
RON HORNADAY, JR. STAYS IN CHAMPIONSHIP HUNT WITH FOURTH PLACE FINISH AT TEXAS
Ft. Worth, TX - Ron Hornaday, Jr., No. 33 Camping World Silverado, stayed solidly in the hunt for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) championship with a fourth place finish in the Sam's Town 400 at Texas Motor Speedway.
After dominating the majority of the race and leading the most laps, a late race fuel stop under caution sent the two-time NCTS champion to pit road with the leaders coming out fifth with under 10-laps remaining.
A final caution leading to a green-white-checkered finish gave the all-time NCTS race winner one more shot at retaking the lead, but he would come up short to finish fourth.
Hornaday sits 82 points out of the lead as Team Chevy Silverado heads to Michigan International Speedway for the Michigan 200 on June 16, 2007.
RON HORNADAY, NO. 33 CAMPING WORLD SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 6th, FINISHED 4th
You guys had a good lead there and then found yourselves playing catch up. "The Camping World Chevy Silverado was awesome. I tell you these guys are unbelievable. We were down and out in practice and what do they do, they dialed it in for the race. And Danny over here to the left of me, he found the problem again and we were just unbelievable fast again and we just misjudged the fuel mileage. We were just talking about pitting and (Crew Chief) Rick (Ren) told me that the fourteen was going to pit and we were just going to see who was taking tires and we were going to come in that lap and probably take tires. But....darn, you just can't win them all and our Silverado was fast, and we're happy to have Camping World on board and I just have to thank Kevin (Harvick, owner) and Delana (Harvick, owner) for giving me this opportunity to drive something like this."
BILL LESTER, NO. 15 CHRISTIAN DEBT CONSOLIDATION SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 8th, FINISHED 18th
You guys finished 18th tonight. Was your truck better than that? "Yeah, not where we thought we'd be after the start we had today. The track didn't tighten up like we thought. It's a shame because we really hoped to bring home a top-10 finish in the Billy Ballew Motorsports Chevy Silverado."
MATT CRAFTON, No. 88 MENARDS/PITTSBURGH PAINTS SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 27th, FINISHED 7th
You had another top-ten finish and moved up a spot in points. How was the truck? "Yeah, we picked one back up in points but we had a really good truck. Probably a top-five truck but (Todd) Bodine got everybody messed up when he stayed out there on that last caution. Then we got a lap down, but we definitely had a top-five truck. It would not go on a short run, but this thing would go on the long runs. They were reading lap times to me and we were running lap times as fast or faster than the leaders. We'll get one coming one of these days.
KRAIG KINSER, NO. 47 GINN RESORTS SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 30th
You guys made up a lot of ground and got a decent finish tonight. "We were a little free there on that second run and I wish we would have tightened it up on that stop. If we could have gotten our Ginn Silverado back on the lead lap, I think we would have gotten a really good finish. But I am happy with the run tonight and I feel like we've gotten the monkey off our back and got a good finish. I thought we might have run over something on that last caution so we came down pit road and changad the tires. The way our luck has been going, we just wanted to make sure. We gave up an extra spot doing that, but we tried to get back to them, but just couldn't get by. At this point with the way our luck has been, we just needed to get a good finish without tearing something up and that's what we did tonight."
KELLY SUTTON, NO 51 TEAM COPAXONE SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 21st, FINISHED 33rd
Your truck is pretty torn up. What happened out there Kelly and are you all right? "I'm fine. I am just really disappointed for Billy Ballew Motorsports. The lap before the crash, I felt like I had a tire going down. It pushed me up the race track and I just thought we had some debris on it. Then we went in to turn two and I don't know what happend, maybe it was just too low and unfortunately I wasn't able to save it. I got in the gas, but it kept heading for the wall. I wrecked it pretty hard and I really hate it for Billy Ballew Motorsports and Team Copaxone. We had a good truck tonight and I am really disappointed because we only have a few more races left and looking for sponsorship, but we're not going to get sponsorship doing this kind of stuff.
OTHER CHEVROLET RESULTS:
BRENDAN GAUGHAN, NO 77 SOUTH POINT HOTEL SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 18th, FINISHED 24th
WILLIE ALLEN, NO. 13 NATIONAL PORK BOARD SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 10thth, FINISHED 28th
DENNIS SETZER, NO 75 SPEARS SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 11th, FINISHED 16th
BLAKE BJORKLUND, NO. 8 SWEET BABY RAY'S SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 26th, FINISHED 19th
TIM SAUTER, NO. 07 LESTER BUILDINGS SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 29th , FINISHED 14th
CLAY ROGERS, NO. 40 CURTIS KEY PLUMBING SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 23rd, FINISHED 25th
JASON WHITE, NO. 7 HOOTERS ENERGY DRINK SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 33rd, FINISHED 22nd
CHRIS WIMMER, NO. 76 AUTOMOTIVE FABRICATION SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 31st, FINISHED 30th
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