Hornaday Gets 49th Truck Win



HAMPTON, Ga. — Ron Hornaday Jr. used fuel-mileage strategy to win Friday night’s truck race at Atlanta. He beat teammate-for-a day Clint Bowyer to the finish line by 1.596 seconds to win his second race of the season and the 49th of his career.

“At the start of the race somebody checked up, and I went to the right and I got the front fender in,” said Hornaday. “We just kept on taping it up.

“I told them (the crew), ‘We don’t have the best truck, but we can win by fuel mileage,’ and (crew chief) Jeff (Hensley) made that call right there. … I’ll take ’em any way I can get ’em. That’s cool. Everything’s gone wrong the whole year, so something’s got to go right at least once.”

The four-time series champion stopped for fuel on lap 75 of 130 and immediately began saving gas. Bowyer, who was the class of the field, had to stop for fuel on lap 112. Kyle Busch ran third, followed by Blake Feese and Ryan Newman. Austin Dillon, Matt Crafton, polesitter Ricky Carmichael, Todd Bodine and James Buescher rounded out the top 10.

Top 10 leaders after 17 of 25:

1. Buescher-586
2. Sauter-576
3. Peters-574
4. Dillon-571
5. Hornaday-540
6. Coulter-537
7. Crafton-535
8. Whitt-531
9. Kligerman-526
10. Bodine-524.

 

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