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Hornaday continues success at Clermont, Indiana; wins NASCAR Trucks race

Photos used by permission from NASCAR media.com media relations department

Ron Hornaday. the most successful driver in NASCAR Truck Series history has been trying to pull himself out of a winless streak that had reached 22 long races.

Ron Hornaday takes lead (Photo credit Rusty Jarrett of Getty Images for NASCAR)

Hornaday had a win in 2009, which set a record for consecutive truck series wins with four. He then won the next race at Nashville to move the record to five, but hasn’t won since.

Ron Hornaday celebrates win at Clermont (Photo credit John Harrelson of Getty Images for NASCAR)

Hornaday’s old ways came to light on Friday as he led for 129 of the 200 laps to win the Camping World Trucks Series race at O’Reilly Raceway Park in the northwest Indianapolis suburb of Clermont, Indiana.

Hornaday, who had qualified fifth for the race, became the first driver to win four major NASCAR races at O’Reilly. He also won the trucks races in 1997, 2007 and 2009 at the short 0.686-mile track.

Kyle Busch, Hornaday’s only real challenger, finished second.

Matt Crafter finished third, while pole-sitter Timothy Peters finished 10th.

Points leader Todd Bodine finished seventh.

compiled from staff, wire and NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series news


McMurray wins 2010 Brickyard 400; Montoya fumbles away another chance

Jamie McMurray's Brickyard 400 winning car (megasportsnews.com)

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM RACING COVERAGE

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA — Jamie McMurray always seems to come up huge in the Big races.

He won NASCAR’S opening race of 2010, the Daytona 500 and on Sunday, he was a surprise winner of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard.

McMurray joined Jimmie Johnson (2006) and Dale Jarrett (1996) as the only drivers to win both the Daytona 500 and The Brickyard 400 in the same season by taking full advantage of Juan Pablo Montoya’s mistake.

Jamie McMurray (NASCAR)

Montoya had victory within his grasp at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His miscalculated strategy cost him the lead and the race.

Montoya led for 86 of the 160 laps which make up the 400 miles around the 2.5-mile oval. But he gave up the lead when debris on the track brought out a caution with 23 laps remaining which sent the field to pit road. Crew chief Brian Pattric called for a fresh set of four tires, but the first six drivers off pit road only wanted two tires.

That strategy put McMurray out in the lead on the restart with 18 laps to go, while Montoya fell back to seventh place. He was trying to force his way through traffic to get back up front, and lost control and crashed hard into the wall with 15 laps to go.

The win gave team owner Chip Ganassi a rare feat: He is the only car owner to win the Daytona 500, The Brickyard 400 and the Indianapolis 500 in the same season.

Kevin Harvick finished second, Greg Biffle was third in a Ford, Clint Bowyer ended up fourth and Tony Stewart fifth.

(megasportsnews.com)

RACE NOTES

* Jamie McMurray led the race for only 16 laps.

* The 34-year-old McMurray drives the Number 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet. His Crew chief is Kevin Manion.

* The victory is McMurray’s fifth victory in 278 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.

* This is McMurray’s second victory and seventh top-10 finish in 2010.

* This is his first win and fourth top-10 finish in eight races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His previous best was third in 2003.

* This is the eighth consecutive year that a Chevrolet has won the Brickyard 400. Bill Elliott was the last non-Chevy driver to win this event, in 2002 in a Dodge.

* Runner-up Kevin Harvick earned his seventh top-10 finish in 10 Brickyard 400 starts. He won the race in 2003.

* Tony Stewart finished fifth, his eighth top-10 finish in 12 Brickyard 400 starts.

* Jacques Villeneuve finished 29th in his Brickyard 400 debut, becoming the only driver besides Juan Pablo Montoya to race in all three major auto racing events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway: The Indy 500, Brickyard 400 and United States Grand Prix.

* Eight-time Brickyard 400 starter Brett Bodine drove the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Pace Car during the race. There were three pace laps before the race actually started.

* Mari Hulman George, Indianapolis Motor Speedway chairman of the board, as usual was on hand to tell the drivers to “Start Your Engines.”

* Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender Kevin Conway, of the Number 34 Extenze Ford, led Sunday’s Brickyard 400 once for one lap and is the first Raybestos rookie to lead a lap at Indianapolis since Jamie McMurray led twice for 22 laps in 2003, his seventh race.

Conway was sidelined by engine failure and credited with a 34th place finish.

* Juan Pablo Montoya was the WIX Filters Lap Leader of the Race in Sunday’s Brickyard 400 leading four times for a race-high 86 laps. Montoya has led the most laps in each of the past two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 202 of a possible 320 laps. He is the first driver in 17 Brickyard 400 races to lead the most laps in consecutive races.

Montoya was sidelined by an accident on lap 145 of the 160-lap race. He was credited with a 32nd place finish.

Villeneuve, 1995 Indy 500 winner making Brickyard 400 debut

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM RACE COVERAGE

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA — 1995 Indianapolis 500 winner Jacques Villeneuve has qualified for hist first Brickyard 400 race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

He will start last, 43rd.

Jaqques Villeneuve (NASCAR)

1995 CART champion and 1997 Formula One World Champion Villeneuve will drive the number 32 Dollar General Toyota for Braun Racing at the Brickyard.

He joins Juan Pablo Montoya as the only drivers to compete in the three major auto racing events at IMS, the Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400 and the United States Grand Prix.

Villeneuve won the 1995 Indianapolis 500 in his second start at IMS. He also made five starts in the USGP Formula One race, 2000-2003 and 2006, with his best finish in 2000 of placing fourth.

Montoya is on the pole for Allstate 400 at the Brickyard

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM RACE COVERAGE


INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA — Juan Pablo Montoya is in a very comfortable and familiar spot at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, leading the pack.

In 2009, Montoya had a late speeding penalty that possibly denied him a win at the fabled Brickyard.

Juan Pablo Montoya (NASCAR)

His number 42 Chevrolet was the fastest of 13 cars at the tire test in April at IMS, and Montoya dominated Friday’s practice sessions. He turned a lap at 182.278 mph Saturday morning to garner the top spot at the Brickyard 400.

Jimmie Johnson, the four-time NASCAR defending series champion, qualified second at 182.142.  Mark Martin is third followed by Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman and Clint Bowyer round out the top 6, all Chevrolets.

NASCAR RACE #21 PREVIEW: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Brickyard 400

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM RACE COVERAGE

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA — NASCAR, after a break in the schedule last week, gets back to action in Indianapolis, Indiana for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard.

The fabled and famous 2.5-mile track is best known for the Indianapolis 500 which happens every May.

(megasportsnews.com)

The Brickyard, built in 1909, is asphalt with flat straightaways. It’s an oval with seating capacity around 250,000 fans. the race is 400 laps, which equates to 160 laps.

IMS 100th year celebration (megasportsnews.com)

IMS Grandstand (megasportsnews.com)

Eight of the last 12 Brickyard 400 winners have gone on to win the Cup championship that same season.

In 1946, a year before he founded NASCAR, Bill France, Sr. was a crew member for the winning Indianpolis 500 car driven by George Robson.

With the very first Brickyard 400 in 1994, NASCAR stock cars became the first type of car other than the Indy-type cars to race at the speedway since 1911.

Recapping the 2009, Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, Jimmie Johnson took the lead from Mark Martin with 24 laps to go and was caught. Martin held off Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle for second.

Juan Pablo Montoya, who started alongside Martin on the front row, led 116 of the 160 laps but had his chances hurt by a pit road speeding penalty and finished 11th.

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