NCWTS: Ron Hornaday Jr. Wins Back-to-Back In Vegas

October 16, 2011 No Comments

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Apparently winning four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2011 season wasn’t enough for Ron Hornaday Jr., as he won Saturday’s carnage filled Smith’s 350 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in dominant fashion. It was career win number 51 for the 53-year-old Hornaday who placed himself right into the title mix after leading the most laps on the day in the attrition filled race.

Hornaday, who started on the pole for Saturday’s race, quickly asserted himself as the dominant truck. While several drivers including Austin Dillon, Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter as well as others made efforts to topple to wily ole veteran, he was too much to handle.

The carnage of the Smith’s 350 got off to an early start, involving the points leader going into the race, Austin Dillon. Dillon, slipped his #3 Chevrolet off turn 4, brushed the wall and looped around on the front stretch, doing a considerable amount of damage to his truck. The incident forced Dillon to drop six laps off the lead lap, as well as forcing him behind the wall later on.

With Dillon having early trouble, James Buescher had only one goal to accomplish on the day. Complete all the laps, and bring his Turner Motorsports Chevrolet home in one piece. It was not mean to be though as Buescher was involved in a crash with teammate, Blake Feese which forced the 31 team behind the wall.

While the incidents of Buescher and Dillon were significant in means of championship implications, they ailed in comparison to the ‘star’ carnage of the day. And once again, Ricky Carmichael found himself in the middle of yet another spectacular wreck.  It all began when Carmicahel’s #4 Chevrolet appeared to be tapped sideways entering turn one. Carmichael then slid up the banking, right into and then over the #18 truck of Brian Ickler.

Both drivers were okay after the terrifying incident which caused a red flag.

With the win today, Hornaday puts himself firmly into contention for his fifth Camping World Truck Series crown as he is now only 21 points behind leader Austin Dillon heading into the final four races of the year.

Resutls of the Smith’s 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway 

 

  1. #2 Ron Hornaday Jr.
  2. # 88 Matt Crafton
  3. #17 Timothy Peters
  4. #13 Johnny Sauter
  5. #5 Todd Bodine
  6. #8 Nelson Piquet Jr.
  7. #19 David Mayhew
  8. #60 Cole Whitt
  9. #62 Brendan Gaughan
  10. #29 Parker Kligerman
  11. #39 Ryan Sieg
  12. #4 Ricky Carmichael
  13. #32 Blake Feese
  14. #23 Jason White
  15. #57 Norm Benning
  16. #81 David Starr
  17. #3 Austin Dillon
  18. #10 Jennifer Jo Cobb
  19. #6 Justin Lofton
  20. #33 Cale Gale
  21. #31 James Buescher
  22. #22 Joey Coulter
  23. #93 BJ McLeod
  24. #07 Butch Miller
  25. #66 Max Gresham
  26. #73 Brent Raymer
  27. #7 Miguel Paludo
  28. #9 Max Papis
  29. #18 Brian Ickler
  30. #38 Mike Garvey
  31. #0 Wayne Edwards
  32. #65 Lance Fenton
  33. #27 Chris Jones
  34. #75 John Borneman III

 

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