SPARTA, Ky. — Ron Hornaday Jr. rallied in the final 24 laps Saturday for his third straight victory in the Camping World Truck Series, beating Mike Skinner by a truck length in the Built Ford Tough 225 at Kentucky Speedway.
“On lap 45, if you had told me we’d win this race, I’d have told you, you were lying,” Hornaday said. “We brought the truck back to where we could run (turns) three and four wide open. We definitely had to pass some trucks.”
Hornaday was sixth for the lap 127 restart in the 150-lap race on the 1.5-mile track. Crew chief Rick Ren made chassis and air pressure adjustments to the tires on the final two stops to give Hornaday a faster truck.
Hornaday used his tremendous ability on restarts to jump up to third before another caution came out four laps later. On the ensuing restart, he passed rookie Tayler Malsam on the inside of turn two and Aric Almirola on the inside in turn four to take the lead with 18 laps remaining.
Skinner passed Randy Moss Motorsports teammate Malsam for third with nine laps left and inherited second when Todd Bodine had a mechanical problem under the last caution. Skinner closed on Hornaday going into the final two turns but wasn’t able to pass him on the outside.
“I kept my head on the restarts, and we took about a fifth-place truck and finished second,” Skinner said. “I really thought I could pass (Hornaday) on the outside on the final lap.”
Top 10 leaders after 12 of 25: 1. Hornaday-1,903, 2. Crafton-1,807, 3. Skinner-1,749, 4. Bodine-1,689, 5. Scott-1,623, 6. Starr-1,620, 7. Malsam-1,547, 8. Cook-1,533, 9. Setzer-1,513, 10. Crawford-1,509.