Win no. 49 for Hornaday Jr. at Atlanta

Ron Hornaday Jr. stayed out on old tires while others pitted and won Friday nights NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Good Sam Club 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

[media-credit name=”CIA Stock Photo” align=”alignright” width=”247″][/media-credit]Clint Bowyer was catching Hornaday quickly in the closing laps, but Hornaday was able to lead the final 17 laps and win his record 49th NASCAR Truck Series by 1.596 seconds over Bowyer.

“See that trophy? We stole it tonight, but I’ll take it any way we can get it. Jeff and all the guys worked hard. We got back up to sixth place after that pit stop, they did an awesome job in the pits.” Hornaday said.

Bowyer led 97 of the 130 laps ran and was looking like his would win his second Truck Series race of the season, but he had to pit for tires and fuel.

“Got beat by a guy that snookered me, played a better poker game than we did and we got beat. But you gotta hand it to those guys, man we had a great truck. Kevin’s always put me in a great truck. Love this Truck Series, it’s a lot of fun being able to race Kyle for the wins and give him a run for his money.” Bowyer said.

Kyle Busch finished third, Blake Feese fourth and Ryan Newman finished fifth.

“We had the second-best truck. For a few moments, we could get in front of Clint. But we didn’t have it on the long runs. We’d always get loose. We could never get it the way we needed it.” Busch said. “The 2 truck was definitely the best truck of the night. It’s fortunate for us he didn’t win given that we’re fighting for the owner’s championship.”

Newman was racing in honor of his good friend Beau Slocumb, who succumbed to cancer in April. He was driving the No. 08 tribute paint scheme. Slocumb’s friends and family were also present.

“We didn’t get the victory that we wanted, but a top-five, that’s all we had tonight.” Newman said. “(Tonight) my mind wandered a couple times. (Beau) would have had fun, been smiling, just like me. Probably thinking about where he could put up a tree stand tomorrow.”

James Buescher finished 10th and took over the series lead by 12 points over Johnny Sauter. Sauter cut down two tires after a fender rub and finished 29th.

 

Unofficial Race Results
Good Sam Club 200, Atlanta Motor Speedway
http://www.speedwaymedia.com/truckseries/race.php?race=17
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Pos. St. No. Driver Make Points
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1 17 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet 47
2 2 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 0
3 6 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 0
4 27 32 Blake Feese Chevrolet 40
5 5 108 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 0
6 8 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 39
7 7 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet 37
8 1 4 Ricky Carmichael Chevrolet 36
9 19 5 Todd Bodine Toyota 35
10 3 31 James Buescher Chevrolet 34
11 28 63 Jack Smith Ford 33
12 4 29 Parker Kligerman * Dodge 32
13 20 22 Joey Coulter * Chevrolet 31
14 18 9 Max Papis Toyota 30
15 26 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet 29
16 10 17 Timothy Peters Toyota 28
17 21 81 David Starr Toyota 27
18 25 62 Brendan Gaughan Toyota 26
19 15 51 Colin Braun Ford 25
20 16 8 Nelson Piquet Jr. * Chevrolet 24
21 9 151 Josh Richards Toyota 23
22 13 7 Miguel Paludo * Toyota 22
23 31 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Ford 0
24 35 66 Chris Cockrum Chevrolet 20
25 23 23 Jason White Chevrolet 19
26 22 6 Justin Lofton Toyota 18
27 32 84 Chris Fontaine Chevrolet 0
28 24 98 Justin Marks Chevrolet 16
29 12 13 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet 15
30 29 178 B.J. McLeod Chevrolet 0
31 14 20 Johanna Long * Toyota 13
32 11 60 Cole Whitt * Chevrolet 12
33 36 109 Charles Vest Ford 11
34 34 7 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet 0
35 30 138 Mike Garvey Chevrolet 0
36 33 93 Dennis Setzer Chevrolet 0

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