Hot streak continues for Hornaday with New Hampshire 200 victory

9/15/2007 - NASCAR

LOUDON, N.H. -- Ron Hornaday Jr. got a victory and a little
breathing room Saturday in his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
championship duel with Mike Skinner.

It was no contest on the 1.058-mile New Hampshire International
Speedway oval as the two-time series champion led 174 of the 200
laps in the New Hampshire 200 on the way to his fourth victory of
the season and the 33rd of his career.

Rain washed out qualifying earlier Saturday and the field was
set by points, with Hornaday and Skinner starting from the front

Hornaday dominated early and then turned it into a runaway late
in the race as runner-up Erik Darnell, Skinner and reigning series
champion Todd Bodine battled for position behind him. He wound up
beating Darnell to the finish line by 4.211 seconds -- about the
length of the main straightaway.

Skinner, who wound up third, came into the race trailing
Hornaday by four points and left 29 behind with seven events
remaining. Bodine finished fourth, followed by Mike Bliss, Rick
Crawford, Ted Musgrave and Johnny Benson, who came into this race
with two straight victories.

In 18 races this season, Hornaday has finished as low as 11th
once. In the last five races, he now has two wins, two seconds and
a sixth.

"We've got to do it," he said. "If we don't, Skinner will.

"This is the same truck we finished second with three times and
we finally got a win," added Hornaday, who drives a Chevrolet for
Kevin and DeLana Harvick. "It was just unbelievable today."

Skinner agreed.

"We just flat out got our butts whipped today," Skinner said.
"Ronnie put on a clinic today. It was a good race -- a little
boring. That No. 33 [Hornaday] led too much.

"But we've got some good races coming up. I don't think I'd
start fitting the crown [on Hornaday] yet."

This is the 12th truck race at NHIS and Hornaday became the
first driver to win for a second time.

It was not a good day for a couple of Nextel Cup stars taking
part in the truck race.

Clint Bowyer, who will start from the pole in Sunday's Sylvania
300, was taken out in a three-truck crash on lap 57, while Kyle
Busch parked his truck after spinning and hitting the wall on lap