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Hornaday holds on for 50th Truck Series victory

October 03, 2011, Sporting News Wire Service,

SPARTA, Ky. -- Ron Hornaday scored a milestone 50th Camping World Truck Series victory Saturday in the Kentucky 225 on a cold night of racing at Kentucky Speedway.

Hornaday held off the late-race charges of runner-up and pole-sitter Austin Dillon during the final 10 laps. Dillon, who protected his lead in the series points standings, pulled to within two-tenths of a second of Hornaday but could get no closer.

Kentucky 225

2.Austin Dillon Chevrolet
3.James Buescher Chevrolet
4.Nelson Piquet Jr.Chevrolet
5.Brian Ickler Toyota

The air temperature at the start of the race was 48 degrees, and the track temperature was 53 degrees.

Hornaday led the final 11 of 150 laps on the 1.5-mile speedway after leader Todd Bodine pitted. The key to Hornaday's win came on his last pit stop for four tires and fuel. Hornaday led four times for 42 laps.

Hornaday talked more about his 50 wins than his late-race duel with Dillon, a 21-year-old in his second full season in the series.

"It will mean a lot when I sit on the front porch in the rocking chair with my grandkids and I can tell them that I won 50 races," Hornaday said. "Austin is an up-and-coming star, and at age 53, I beat him."

Hornaday has three wins at Kentucky Speedway. His first career Truck victory came at Tucson (Ariz.) Raceway Park on April 8, 1995 -- the same month Dillon turned 5.

Dillon tried to catch Hornaday in the final 15 miles but finished 0.438 seconds back.

"We gave 'em hell at the end, but the old man whipped my tail," Dillon said. "I gave it everything I had on those last laps."

Dillon extended his lead in the standings to three points over third-place finisher James Buescher with five races remaining.

"We took on right-side tires on the last two green-flag stops, but it wasn't good enough to hold off No. 2 [Hornaday] and No. 3 [Dillon]," Buescher said. "It was a good points night."

There were a track-record 18 lead changes among 11 drivers.

Rookie Nelson Piquet Jr. and Brian Ickler in Kyle Busch's Toyota rounded out the top five.

Ty Dillon, Austin's younger brother, finished 18th in his first NASCAR national series race.

"It was awesome, a blast," Ty Dillon said. "We actually ran out of gas twice. We came here to learn, and I felt like they all knew we were here."


• Ron Hornaday earned his 50th career victory in his 295th race.
• This is Ron Hornaday's third win this season (Texas and Atlanta) and third win at Kentucky.
• Ron Hornaday has won three or more races in eight different seasons.
• Kevin Harvick earned its 40th career victory and seventh victory this season, tying Kyle Busch Motorsports for the most.
• This is Kevin Harvick Inc's third victory at Kentucky.
• Austin Dillon (second) has scored three consecutive top-two finishes.
• James Buescher (third) earned his 17th top-10 finish in 19 races this season.
• Nelson Piquet Jr. (fourth) posted his fourth career top-five finish.
• Brian Ickler (fifth) earned his second top-five finish in three starts this year.
• Ricky Carmichael (sixth) tied his best finish this season (Texas).
• Ty Dillon finished 18th in his Truck Series debut.

Rounding out the top 10 were Ricky Carmichael, Bodine, Cole Whitt, Dakoda Armstrong and David Starr.