Dover, DE (Sports Network) - Ron Hornaday Jr. took command just past the
midway point and dominated the rest of the way to win Friday afternoon's AAA
Insurance 200 at the Dover International Speedway. The No.33 Kevin Harvick
Inc. Chevrolet crossed the finish line well ahead of Stacy Compton.
The victory was Hornaday Jr.'s second win in the last three races and
Craftsman Truck Series record 31st of his career.
"Awesome day," said Hornaday Jr. "It took me 20 laps to figure out how to
drive this thing, but it was awesome after that."
Mike Skinner, off his sixth consecutive pole win, led the field to the green
flag for 200 laps of racing.
The green flag lasted only until the first turn because Skinner and Clint
Bowyer got together coming out of turn two. Skinner pinched Bowyer and the two
hit. Bowyer slammed the wall and collected a half-a-dozen trucks including
David Starr, Jack Sprague, Erik Darnell and Brendan Gaughan.
"I guess the old man didn't want the young kid to get around him," said an
Skinner appeared to have dodged any damage and remained the leader when the
race went back to green on lap 10. Another crash and the race was slowed
The race finally restarted on lap 24 and Kyle Busch, now second, quickly got
around Skinner for the first lead change of the race. Slowly, ever so slowly,
Busch began to build his lead on Skinner to about 10 lengths. In fact, Skinner
was being caught by Johnny Benson, the third-place truck. They continued one-
two-three as the field passed the 50-lap mark.
As they approached lap 65, Busch's margin over Skinner was almost two seconds.
Busch continued to expand his lead on the longest green-flag run of the day as
he waited to make what was expected to be his only pit stop of the afternoon.
Skinner was the first of the three leaders to pit (lap 97). A flawless stop
and Skinner was away. Busch and Benson pitted three laps later leaving 2006
Craftsman champion Todd Bodine in the lead. Bodine had pitted earlier in the
race (lap 39) and was "off-sequence" with Busch, Benson and Skinner.
Bodine finally pitted on lap 107 and Hornaday Jr. inherited the lead. Busch,
Benson and Skinner were just outside the top-10.
Then Rick Crawford (right-rear tire) spun on lap 124 to bring out a caution
flag and allowed the final stops for leader Hornaday Jr. and second-place A.J.
Allmendinger to take place under a yellow flag.
Hornaday Jr. and Busch were one-two after their pit stops and they exchanged
the lead on the restart. Travis Kvapil, Compton and Mike Bliss made up the
top-five with defending champion Mark Martin in sixth place.
Hornaday Jr. took command from Busch as his newer tires let him run deeper
into the corners. He opened up a one-second lead as they passed the 150-lap
mark. Skinner was up to eighth, but he scraped the turn-four wall and thought
he was having a tire go down and Benson was ninth.
They were still all in the same positions with 25 laps to go. The leaders were
now picking there way through lapped traffic making it tough to gain on
Hornaday Jr. who opened up the lead to 2.8 seconds with 23 laps to go.
On the next lap Busch got very high and dramatically slowed in turn three with
a blown right-front tire. He kept it off the wall, but he was no longer in
competition for the win.
Compton got around Kvapil for third place just before the Busch blowout and he
inherited second place. Hornaday Jr. had a very healthy lead and barring a
mechanical problem or a mental error, he was in cruise mode.
Kvapil and Compton were in a good battle for second place as Hornaday Jr.'s
lead was more than six seconds.
Hornaday Jr. eased his way around the track for the final time and grabbed his
second win of 2007. Kvapil, Benson and Bliss completed the top-five.
The next race in the series is scheduled for Friday, June 8th at the Texas
Motor Speedway. Skinner will take just a 77-point over Hornaday Jr. into the