KHI Claims 1-2 Finish at Kansas Speedway
After a month-long hiatus, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series returned to action at Kansas Speedway and thanks to Ron Hornaday and Jack Sprague, Kevin Harvick, Inc. had plenty to cheer about.
Hornaday’s No. 33 Chevrolet fell off the hauler fast and it stayed that way until the checkers flew. The former champion easily scored his third pole award of the season and was never seriously challenged as he went on to lead 136 of 167 laps and record his 34th career victory.
The one dozen cautions throughout the course of the event set a new track record and the final one was a double-edge sword for the eventual winner. The slower pace allowed the two KHI drivers to stretch their fuel mileage but the possibility of overtime laps was a potential recipe for disaster that neither wanted to taste.
When the race ended right on schedule with the 167th lap Hornaday was leading his teammate by just 0.149-second.
“I guess the yellows worked in our favor,” said Hornaday. “This thing was just a rocket ship. How about a 1-2 finish for KHI? This is just so awesome.”
Sprague was forced to come from behind after a miscue on pit road but he fought the good fight and ended up with his best Kansas Speedway finish in six starts.
“We both had great trucks and we finished one-two, but I really wanted to win this race really bad,” Sprague said. “I tried really hard to stay out of trouble but we just came up one short. But who better to lose to than your teammate?”
Colin Braun recorded a career best finish of third despite some on-track incidents that ruffled the feathers of some of his competitors.
“I want to apologize to Matt Crafton because I did not mean to get in the back of him there,” said Braun as he attempted to keep the peace. “I made a couple rookie mistakes out there. I guess that’s how it goes sometimes. I learned a lot today and certainly learned a lot of what not to do at the same time. All in all, it was a great day.”
With Kyle Busch sidelined due to Cup Series commitments, Hornaday snatched the series points lead and currently sits 61 ahead of Rick Crawford who finished ninth.
The Craftsman Truck Series teams will take another short hiatus as they prepare for their next event scheduled for May 16 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.