Busch Ends Hornaday’s Truck Run
Ron Hornaday Jr.’s bid to win his sixth straight Camping World Truck Series race was squashed by Kyle Busch Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Busch ran away with the victory while Hornaday finished third in the O’Reilly 200 presented by Valvoline.
Hornaday said he just did not have the truck which Busch had at Bristol.
“I told Kevin (Harvick, his team owner) a top-five here tonight would be great here,” Hornaday said. “We have such bad luck here. We run good, we just have bad luck. Rick Ren made a great call on our only stop for this Georgia Boot Chevrolet. It was cool.
“I learned a bunch. Kyle was just so dominant up top. He had his truck free enough at the beginning and I learned that and then when he pitted and then came right back in for fuel, that is what hurt us right there. We lost so much track position right there. It was my own fault, I should have been paying attention, I was following the guy in front of me.”
Hornaday had qualified third fastest for the race as Ryan Newman, making a rare appearance in the truck series, won the pole.
Despite his finish and the end to his winning streak, Hornaday maintained his points lead in the series.
Hornaday said he knew the run was going to end some time.
“Bristol is one of the toughest ones here,” he said. “I found something out with ten to go and I don’t know. I just left a lot out there and I was pretty conservative and I got a top-five and that’s what I needed for these points.”
Matt Crafton finished second in the race. Crafton is second in points behind Hornaday.
The victory was Busch’s – who is running just a partial schedule in the Billy Ballew-owned truck – third of the season in the series.
“It was a good night for us,” Busch said. “I’m really proud of the whole Miccosukee Toyota team, they did a great job. It’s hard to come out here every week and race with minimal guys, but we try to do it and we do the best we can. Real proud of all the guys that we had today – I worked them to death in practice.
“I didn’t really think we had a great truck. It was close, it was about the same as what we had last year – just a few minor differences so we just tried to improve on that a little bit. Throughout the race there in the first little bit, we started coming forward – we started using the top and kind of snookered guys. We were the first ones up there and the first ones to make it work. I got up to the lead and then pitted – we had to pass a couple more guys that didn’t pit – the 17 (Timothy Peters), the 16 (Brian Scott) and the 23 (Jason White) – he was a battle and that was fun. ”
Newman finished fourth and Brian Scott was fifth.No Comment