Hangs On to Finally Win in Charlotte
a two-week hiatus the Craftsman Truck Series returned to action
under the lights at Lowe’s Motor Speedway and it was Ron
Hornaday’s time to shine.
Winless since last July, Hornaday got his groove back and turned
in a dominating performance that saw him lead 98 of 136 laps
and race away with his 30th career victory. The former series
champion swiped the lead from A.J.
Allmendinger with less than 40 laps to go and then held off
the open wheel convert on two late race restarts including the
“This is pretty cool,” said Hornaday as he celebrated
in Victory Lane. “This truck was awesome on long runs.
The last 30 laps I ran the thing wide open. I thought (Allmendinger)
had us but I ran down low and blocked him.
The runner-up finish was the best of Allmendinger’s career
and came after a trying day for the No. 00 team. A spin during
the day’s first practice session damaged the front splitter
but the team flew into action and repaired their primary truck
in time for their qualifying run.
Allmendinger led 7 laps after starting from 14th in the lineup
and came within 0.244-second of scoring his first career victory.
“This is all a credit to the Darrell Waltrip Motorsports
team because they had a lot of work to do after the spin in
practice this morning,” Allmendinger said. “The
truck was awesome tonight, but Ron (Hornaday) was just a tick
better. If he would have made a mistake there at the end, I
was going to be all over him.”
Point leader Mike Skinner sat on the pole for the fourth consecutive
race and was the undisputed pre-race favorite.
Trouble on a pit stop with less than 50 laps to go left Skinner
to battle in traffic.
Skinner made it back to eighth but and settled for his worst
finish of the season.
"Under the circumstances, it was a pretty good finish for
our team,” Skinner noted. “We hurt ourselves a little
bit in the pits, but we were able to salvage a top-10 run.”
Todd Bodine shaved 23 points off Skinner’s advantage in
the standings with a third place finish and will go into next
weekend’s race at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway trailing
the leader by 85 points.