CRAFTSMAN TRUCK Gateway 200Final
Hornaday wins Camping World 200Sep 6, 2008 - 11:00 PM MADISON, Illinois (Ticker) -- Ron Hornaday Jr. took a step toward winning an unprecedented back-to-back NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship on Saturday.
Hornaday won the Camping World 200 in dominant fashion at Gateway International Raceway, leading 113 of 160 laps in a Chevrolet to win his fourth race of the season and 37th career - the most in series history.
The victory also cut Johnny Benson's lead atop the standings to 89 points with eight races remaining in the season.
"I drove my guts out and this truck was awesome all day long," said Hornaday, a three-time Craftsman Truck series champion. "It's not what we wanted out of Johnny - he finished third - but we still led the most laps."
Dennis Setzer, who claimed his first series pole since 2001, was second in a Dodge. Hornaday passed Setzer with 30 laps remaining and maintained the lead from there.
"Ron just got by us there," Setzer said. "But I'm so happy for my team and thankful I have the opportunity to drive for them."
Benson was third in a Toyota, followed by Todd Bodine's Tundra and Jack Sprague's Silverado.
Matt Crafton, who sits third in the standings, 194 points behind Benson, finished 12th in a Ford.
Erik Darnell, Mike Skinner, Rick Crawford, Colin Braun and Ted Musgrave rounded out the top 10.