Hot streak continues for Hornaday with New Hampshire 200 victory

Updated: September 15, 2007, 11:49 PM ET
Associated Press

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 row.

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 141.


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