Ron Hornaday Jr Gets The Record Winning at O'Reilly Raceway Park
On a beautiful night, Ron Hornaday Jr. made history by winning Friday nights AAA Insurance 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park.
Hornaday became the first driver in the Truck Series, to win four races in a row and it's only fitting he did it out dueling his arch rival Mike Skinner for the win.
While it was Hornaday third win at the track, his 44th career win, but it also made his crew chief Rick Ren the winningest crew chief in trucks with a record 26th win.
Prior to the race, during the Set-Up Show host Krista Voda from Speed TV announced that Series Director Wayne Auton announced that the Camping World Truck Series would not change to the double file restarts or make changes to the pit rule in 2009.
Which honestly is a good call on NASCAR's part since every race you have 25 full-time teams and the rest of the field is made up of part-time teams running five to seven races or less.
Many of these teams are on shoestring budgets, you also have many of the full-time teams racing underfunded putting there wins back into the teams to keep racing.
Colin Braun in the No. 6 Con-Way Freight Ford started on the pole and it was his second of the year.
Mike Skinner in the No. 5 Exide Batteries Toyota started on the outside pole position.
Stacy Compton in the No. 60 SafeAuto Insurance Toyota starts third, Ron Hornaday Jr. in the No. 33 VFW Chevrolet starts fourth and Matt Crafton in the No. 88 John Mansville/Menard's Chevrolet starts fifth.
The pit window is 120 to 130 laps, the field is 35 trucks, and at race start the temperature was 78 degrees.
On the Lap 1 start, Braun took the green gets a jump on Skinner, coming out of turn two Skinner and Hornaday were side by side, but Skinner coming out of turn four gets momentum to charge passed Braun for the lead.
On Lap 2, Skinner would be leading, but Braun in second and Hornaday in third are side by side coming to the stripe and Horn would take second by a nose.
By Lap 4, Skinner would have a several truck length lead on Hornaday in second who hot on his heels trying to catch for the lead.
On Lap 6, Skinner starts to pull away opens up a second lead on Hornaday in second and close to two seconds on Braun in third. He also has started lapping trucks.
By Lap 9, Skinner leads Hornaday in second by 2.210 seconds, the rest of the field starting with Braun in third is five seconds or worse through the field.
After 11 Laps, the top five was; Skinner leading, Hornaday second, Braun third, Timothy Peters in the No. 17 Strutmasters.com Toyota in fourth and Compton fifth.
By Lap 17, Skinner leads Hornaday in second by 2.784 seconds, the rest of the field starting with Braun in third is 5.356 seconds back or worse.
At this point of the race the best racing was; Kyle Busch in the No. 51 Miccosukee Resorts Toyota in 14th having David Starr in the No. 24 Zachry/Harris Trucking Toyota in 15th putting pressure on him for the position.
By Lap 19, Skinner the leader, has lapped up to 24th position so far and is setting a blistering place.
By Lap 21, Skinner leads by 2.743 seconds over Hornaday in second, but Horns running comparable speed times to Skinner.
On Lap 23, Skinner leads Hornaday by 2.376 seconds and he's cut into the Skinner's lead a little bit.
After 24 Laps, the top five was: Skinner leading, Hornaday second, Braun third, Compton fourth and Peters fifth.
By Lap 31, Skinner's big lead has shrunk to 1.8 seconds as Hornaday in second continues to reel him in.
On Lap 34, Skinner now leads Hornaday in second, by 1.334 seconds, several trucks including Chad Mccumbee in the No. 07 ASI Limited Chevrolet are already behind the wall with various issues.
On Lap 36, Skinner leads Hornaday by 1.434 seconds, both are running comparable speeds and both on the high side.
The first caution came out on Lap 38, for Caitlin Shaw in the No. 1 Red Horse Toyota gets loose, spins backing into the wall.
Under the caution the top five was; Skinner leading, Hornaday second, Braun third, Compton fourth and Peters fifth.
Robby Fuller in the No. 71 Drago Springs Chevrolet was the Aaron's Lucky Dog winner under this caution.
Shaw's team would make repairs, get her back out for more seat time in her debut and she would finish the 24th.
On Lap 40, the leaders stay out, the only exception is Peters in fifth pits, several outside the top 10 come to pit road among them both Todd Bodine in the No. 30 Ventrilo Toyota and Busch.
Making two stops for tires, then fuel and adjustments.
On the Lap 43 restart, Skinner takes the green pulls away slightly from Hornaday, but coming out of turn two Horn would get passed the lap traffic on his inside.
Then Hornaday drops to the bottom trying to pass Skinner, but can't take it work.
By Lap 47, Skinner leads by 0.067 seconds over Hornaday in second. The best racing is Rick Crawford in the No. 14 Circle Bar/International Truck Engine Ford and Busch battling over sixth and seventh respectively.
On Lap 50, Skinner leads Hornaday in second by 0.623 seconds and Bodine passes Brian Scott in the No. 16 Albertson's Toyota for 10th.
On Lap 52, Busch passes Crafton for fifth and starts to pressure Compton for fourth. Crawford in sixth would also pass Crafton for fifth.
On Lap 53, Skinner leads Hornaday in second by 0.632 seconds and Busch passes Compton on the bottom for fourth.
After 55 Laps, the top five was; Skinner leading, Hornaday second, Braun third, Busch fourth and Crawford fifth.
On Lap 62, Hornaday takes the lead, passing Skinner on the low side and Braun follows Horn takes second from Skinner.
On Lap 64, Horn leads starts to pull away from Braun by a couple of truck length and Busch in fourth has caught Skinner for third.
On Lap 66, Horn leads has Braun in second hot on his heels, Busch would pass Skinner for third and with fresher tires he should be able to chase down the leader.
By Lap 68, Hornaday leads by 0.582 seconds on Braun in second, but the best racing is Terry Cook in the No. 25 Cajun Industries/Harris Trucking Toyota in 15th, Scott 16th, and Ricky Carmichael in the No. 4 Monster Energy Drink Chevrolet in 17th.
By Lap 72, Hornaday leads Braun in second by 0.375 seconds and Busch in third is 1.035 seconds.
On Lap 74, Hornaday leads Braun in second is right behind him, and Busch in third keeps reeling them in.
After 76 Laps, the top five was; Hornaday leading, Braun second, Busch third, Bodine fourth and Skinner fifth.
On Lap 78, Hornaday leads by 0.464 seconds over Braun in second and Busch in third has caught Braun's bumper.
By Lap 80, Hornaday leads by 0.440 seconds over Braun in second, Busch is right there in third and Bodine in fourth is reeling them in.
After 82 Laps, the top five was; Hornaday leading, Braun second, Busch third, Bodine fourth and Skinner fifth.
On Lap 88, Hornaday leads has Busch in second right on his bumper pressuring him for the lead.
On Lap 90, Horn still leads, but barely over Busch and the two have Dennis Setzer in the No. 8 Malcolmson Construction Chevrolet in 19th is fighting to stay on the lead lap.
On Lap 91, Hornaday goes down on the low side passes Setzer, Busch in second goes to the bottom almost down into the grass to make a three wide pass, but can't make it work.
The second caution flag comes out on Lap 93, for Jason White in the No. 23 GunBroker.com Dodge blew an engine.
Tayler Malsam in the No. 81 One-Eighty Toyot a blows out a right front tire, under caution and came to pit road for tires.
On Lap 96, the field comes to pit road, making the first of two stops. Setzer is the Aaron's Lucky Dog winner under this caution.
After Lap 99, the top five was; Busch leads, Bodine second, Hornaday third, Braun fourth, and Peters fifth.
On the Lap 101 restart, Busch takes the green pulls away from Bodine, Hornaday tries to take second three wide, but can't make it stick.
On Lap 104, Busch leads, Bodine is second with hornaday in third is right on Bodine's bumper working on taking second.
By Lap 106, Busch leads by 1.149 seconds on Bodine in second and Hornaday in third is back 1.164 seconds.
On Lap 108, Braun in fourth, starts to put pressure on Hornaday in third.
By Lap 110, Hornaday in third, has Braun in fourth pressuring him for the position, but Braun can catch him and just can't make it stick on the low side to pass.
On Lap 112, Busch leads by 1.026 seconds, on Bodine in second and Hornaday in third is 1.419 seconds back.
After 115 Laps, the top five was; Busch leads, Bodine second, Hornaday third, Braun fourth and Crafton fifth.
By Lap 124, Busch leads by 0.804 seconds, over Bodine in second, and Hornaday in third still has Braun glued to his bumper in fourth.
On Lap 126, Busch leading, has Bodine in second on his bumper and starts working on him to make a pass for the lead.
By Lap 129, Busch and Bodine keep battling for the lead, for most of the lap they were side by side and at the line Busch led by a nose.
On Lap 131, Busch still leads with Bodine on his bumper still working to get the lead.
On Lap 132, Busch leads Bodine in second is down on his inside battling for the lead, but Busch just hangs on to it on the high side.
By Lap 135, Busch still leads, Bodine in second is still on his bumper, both Hornaday third and Braun in fourth are reeling in the leaders.
On Lap 138, Busch leads with Bodine in second goes to the bottom for the lead, but can't make the pass stick.
On Lap 140, Hornaday in third and Braun in fourth have caught up to Busch leading and Bodine in second.
On Lap 141, Busch leads has Bodine in second tries again to pass on the bottom, but can't make it stick. '
By Lap 142, Busch leading, Bodine second, Hornaday third and Braun fourth, are all bumper to bumper battling for positions.
On Lap 144, Busch leads holds off Bodine on the bottom, Hornaday in third pressures Bodine for second and has Braun in fourth is right there also on Horn's bumper.
On Lap 146, Busch and Bodine are side by side battling for the lead.
On Lap 147, Bodine passes Busch for the lead, Hornaday in third is on Busch's bumper.
By Lap 148, Bodine leads, Hornaday takes second from Busch on the low side, Braun in fourth starts to pressure Busch for third and is on his bumper.
After 149 Laps, the top five was; Bodine leading, Hornaday second, Busch third, Braun fourth and Crafton fifth.
On Lap 155, Bodine leads by 0.433 seconds, over Hornaday in second.
On Lap 156, Bodine leads, Hornaday is on his bumper, tries to pass on the bottom, but can't make it stick.
On Lap 158, Bodine leads, Hornaday in second is on his bumper and Braun in third is right behind Horn.
The third caution comes out on Lap 159, for T.J. Bell in the No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota spinning after getting loose.
Aric Almirola in the No. 15 RedTop Auto Auction Toyota was the Aaron's Lucky Dog winner under this caution.
On Lap 160, the leaders stay out, but about 15 trucks pit including Almirola, Malsam, Busch and Skinner all pitted under the caution.
Under the caution, the top five was; Bodine leading, Hornaday second, Braun third, Crafton fourth and Starr fifth.
On Lap 164 restart, Bodine takes the green, with Hornaday on his bumper in second and Braun in third is right there applying pressure.
On Lap 166, Bodine still leads, but has Hornaday all over his bumper working on passing him for the lead.
On Lap 167, Bodine leads, he's on the bottom with Hornaday in second trying to pass on the high side, but Bodine manages just to stay in the lead.
On Lap 168, Hornaday takes the lead, passing Bodine on the high side.
On Lap 169, Hornaday leads, but has Bodine in second, trying to re-pass on the bottom, but can't make it stick.
By Lap 170, Hornaday leads starts to pull away from Bodine in second and Braun in third.
The fourth caution comes out on Lap 171, for Bodine in second and Braun in third, have contact and results in Bodine getting in the wall and getting damage on his right front.
Timothy Peters in the No. 17 Strutmasters.com was the Aaron's Lucky Dog under this caution.
On Lap 172, Bodine comes in pits for right side tires amd comes back in a lap later to get the left front pulled out and tape patches to the right front area.
Under caution on Lap 174, the top five was; Hornaday leads, Braun second, Crafton third, Starr fourth and Carmichael fifth.
On the Lap 177 restart, Hornaday takes the green pulls away from Braun in second and Skinner passes Carmichael for fifth.
On Lap 178, Hornaday leads by 0.610 seconds on Braun in second, Skinner passes both Starr and Crafton takes third away.
On Lap 180, Hornaday still leads by 0.505 seconds over Braun in second and Skinner in third starts to gain on the leaders.
By Lap 183, Hornaday leads, Braun closes the gap in second and Skinner in third has caught them.
The fifth caution comes out on Lap 187, for Carmichael who gets into the outside wall. Fuller got his second Aaron's Lucky Dog award of the race.
Under caution, the top five was; Hornaday leading, Braun second, Skinner third, Starr fourth and Setzer fifth.
It's a bad break for Skinner as he win third, as he was on the bottom almost side by side with Braun in second.
Under caution Speed TV would talk to Hornaday's, crew chief Rick Ren and he didn't think he could hold off Skinner, but would give it his best shot.
On the Lap 190 restart, Hornaday takes the green flag pulls away from Braun in second, who coming out of turn two has Skinner in third side by side battling for the position.
On Lap 191, Hornaday leads, Skinner would pass Braun for second and Setzer would also pass Braun for third.
For the last remaining laps, fans of the truck series got a treat as Hornaday leading on the preferred high side and his arch rival Skinner in second vying for the win battled, it out for who wanted the win most.
Just about every one of the closing laps they were side by side, but Hornaday on the high side would prevail and hold off Skinner by a nose or half a truck length.
They even had the flag lady almost show them the white flag a lap to early, but neither slowed down and kept right on battling.
Hornaday would take the white flag, he ran the finally lap perfect staying on the high side through turns one and two, stayed in the middle into three and four and came back to the high side for the checkers.
Hornaday did get some help from the lapped truck of Norm Benning on the final straightaway, but I don't think it mattered since Horn held the high side.
With Skinner right there, but he could do nothing try to make a last lap pass of Hornaday.
Hornaday would get his fourth win in a row by 0.202 seconds over Skinner, it's his fifth win of 2009 and his 20th career short track win.
It's only fitting that he had to beat Skinner, to become the first Camping World Truck Series driver to win four races in a row.
He would get the checkers, unfortunately Speed TV didn't show it, but he did salute the fans with one of his signature burn outs and head to victory lane.
In victory lane, Hornaday would get a kiss from Lindy, then thank Kevin and DeLana Harvick, his sponsors, engine builder Mark Smith, Ren and the crew and those at the KHI shop.
Mike Skinner finished second, led 61 laps, did what he needed to do, qualify second, put tires on under a late caution, ran a great race and for the second week in a row finishes second to his arch rival Ron Hornaday.
Aric Almirola finished third, he ran a great race, got an Aaron's Lucky Dog to get back on the lead lap, took tires on a late caution and battled his way to a career high finish in third.
Dennis Setzer finished fourth, he ran a great race came from the back to do it and also took tires late on a caution.
It was heart warming to see him get that finish, the owner races out of pocket, with the good finishes they just use the wins to keep racing and Setzer said they keep at it a few more races.
Colin Braun finished fifth, he ran top four all night till the final laps, ran a great race and got a education chasing Hornaday for most of the night.
Positions sixth through 10 were as follows; James Buescher, Tayler Malsam, Stacy Compton, David Starr, and Kyle Busch.
Here's a few quotes, from race winner Hornaday.
"I have to thank Kevin and Delana Harvick," said Hornaday of his team owners.
"People ask me how I do it, and it is those two people right there. They just keep putting trucks underneath us, getting the right employees, just so . Awesome."
"Four in a row, that's cool. Three has been done, and to do this says a lot."
These last two were my favorites.
"I didn't think I could hold my breath that many laps, but I did," Hornaday said.
"It should have been Mike's race," Hornaday said.
"Coming down to it, I expected Mike to put the bumper to me. That's two weeks in a row that Mike Skinner has drove me clean, and my hat's off to him and his team."
It was priceless, when Speed TV showed in victory lane, Horn talking to the Harvicks, to see the pride in Happy's face and Delana doing most of the talking.
The points are now; Hornaday leading Skinner by 174 points in second and Crafton by 176 points in third.
The next race is; Aug. 1: Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville Superspeedway at 7:30PM the Set-Up Show with Krista Voda and 8:00PM Race Time.
Sources for this article are my racing notes, any mistakes are my own, the quotes come from nascar.com and sports.yahoo.com and used the truckseries.com lap summary report for a resource only.
Photo Credit: racingone.com
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