First of the Year for Hornaday

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Ron Hornaday scored his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win of the year and 40th of his career in Friday night’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
Hornaday easily outdistanced runner-up Kyle Busch to score the victory, his first since last November at Texas Motor Speedway.
“She was fast at the end,” said Hornaday, who won his second career race at the Charlotte track.
“This was really cool. I won at Lowe’s.”
Busch had an eventful night which included being penalized for aggressive driving and making contact with the race leader just past the halfway point.
Busch was battling with the lead pack when he made contact with Colin Braun, who was out front of the field at the time. Braun slid and made hard contact with the backstretch infield wall and was fortunately uninjured.
“That was my fault,” Busch said. “An error on my part.”
Busch tried his best to recover but could not run down Hornaday and was frustrated with the second place finish.
“I’m not very happy about the 33 (Hornaday) and the Chevrolets having the advantages that they do,” Busch said. “It’s just frustrating to have to race against that.”

Ron Hornaday
Last year’s race winner Matt Crafton finished third.
The race was punctuated by several major accidents the biggest coming when Mike Skinner and T.J. Bell made contact with the front stretch wall in a violent crash that caused the race to be red flagged.
Skinner, who came into the race as the series point leader, was working his way back from the rear of the field where he found himself after a pit road miscue.
As the field raced through the main straight dog leg, Skinner was forced into the grass by Johnny Sauter. As he fought to get back on to the track his truck shot up into the outside wall where he was collected by Bell. The impact sent Skinner’s truck high into the air before sliding across the track on its side.
Once the sparks settled down, Skinner crawled from the battered truck unharmed.
“We hit pretty hard and that was pretty much it right there,” Skinner said. “I just hate it. We didn’t need this hiccup right here. It was just a really tough, tough deal for us.”
Skinner didn’t blame Bell, who was an innocent victim of the incident who literally had no place to go when the sliding No. 5 truck appeared before him.
However he had a different view of Sauter’s involvement.
“There was so much stuff going on that T.J. thought it was his fault – he was just a victim,” Skinner said. “I went to pass an idiot, and he ran me down into the grass. It was a really, really stupid rookie move by a veteran. I blame myself. I knew who I was racing with right there. I probably should have let off the gas, waited another lap.”
Sauter disagreed with Skinner’s assessment.
“I think it was racing,” Sauter said. “I’m pretty sure that Mike Skinner is as close to perfect as you can get, so I’m sure I was in his way. It is what it is. Put restrictor plates on these trucks and everybody has to run wide open and things get crazy. Whatever, I don’t care. The bottom line iis f he owes me, he owes me. Come and get it.”
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series now heads to Dover International Raceway Friday, May 30th.

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~ por Mikel en 16 mayo 2009.

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