CLERMONT, Ind. — Ron Hornaday Jr. set a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series record by winning his fourth consecutive race, holding off longtime nemesis Mike Skinner in Friday night’s AAA Insurance 200 at O’Reilly Raceway Park.
Skinner pitted later than Hornaday for tires and charged through the top 10 to challenge for the lead. Skinner passed Colin Braun for second with nine laps to go and chased down Hornaday four laps later.
Hornaday used the preferred outside lane and held off repeated inside moves by Skinner to win his 44th NASCAR Camping World Truck race.
Skinner finished second, with Aric Almirola coming from a lap down to finish third. Dennis Setzer was fourth, with Braun fifth.
Rookies James Buescher and Tayler Malsam, followed by Stacy Compton, David Starr and Kyle Busch completed the top 10.
The Cup series has the big names, but the competition Friday night in the Truck race was one of the best in weeks.
Hornaday has now won five races this season and built a lead of almost 200 points. He earns people’s respect because he is a pure racer. He wants to win, period, and his skill is on display every week. He’s also not afraid to speak his mind, something else that endears him to fans.
Top 10 leaders after 13 of 25; 1. Hornaday-2,098, 2. Skinner-1,924, 3. Crafton-1,922, 4. Bodine-1,803, 5. Starr-1,758, 6. Scott-1,750, 7. Malsam-1,693, 8. Setzer-1,673, 9. Cook-1,657, 10. Braun-1,639.