NASHVILLE, Tenn. — By winning Saturday night’s Camping World Series Truck race at Nashville, Ron Hornaday became the first driver in any of NASCAR’s national series to win five races in a row since 1971, when Richard Petty and Bobby Allison each did it in the Cup Series.
“That’s unheard of (five straight) in this time and age,” Hornaday said. “Five, can you believe that?”
Hornaday led 115 of 154 laps in the Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet. It was his sixth victory of the season and 45th of his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career, first on the all-time list.
It was his first win in 13 NASCAR races at the 1.33-mile concrete-surfaced track, five in trucks and eight in the Nationwide Series. He has long coveted winning Nashville’s trademark trophy, a Gibson guitar painted by artist Sam Bass.
“I finally got me a Sam Bass guitar,” Hornaday said.
Hornaday led the final 63 laps. He had a 2.8-second lead over Brian Scott wiped out by a late caution, which forced the race into a green-white-checkered overtime finish.
Hornaday easily pulled away from Scott on the final restart and won by .944 seconds.
Rick Ren, the crew chief, also moved up in the history books with his 27th victory as a crew chief in the series. He’s done it with five different drivers, but has 16 since the start of the 2007 season with Hornaday.
“We both made history tonight,” Ren said. “It’s not much better than this. I think most wins is an honor, but what I really feel good about is I’ve done it with five different drivers.”
Top 10 points leaders after 14 of 25: 1. Hornaday-2,293, 2. Crafton-2,077, 3. Skinner-2,045, 4. Bodine-1,927, 5. Scott-1,920, 6. Starr-1,867, 7. Malsam-1,831, 8. Setzer-1,815, 9. Braun-1,804, 10. Crawford-1,785.