‘Built Ford Tough 225’

Hornaday a repeat winner
with slick restart late in race

He notches record for
closest series finish in the track’s history

From the Kentucky Speedway

SPARTA, Ky. (August 2009) – World-renowned “Master of the Restart” Ron Hornaday Jr. on July 18 worked his magic in the “Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers” and earned his third straight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory by 0.135 of a second over Mike Skinner.

Ron Hornaday

Photo courtesy of David Allio

Truck Series driver
Ron Hornaday
celebrates his victory
July 18 in the “Built
Ford Tough 225
Presented by the
Greater Cincinnati
Ford Dealers” race.

Hornaday Jr. became the first repeat Kentucky NCWTS winner by taking the closest series finish in track history. He maintains control of the lead in the championship standings after taking his fourth win, seventh top-five and 10th top-10 finish of the season in the No. 33 Longhorn Chevrolet.
The veteran driver teamed with Crew Chief Rick Ren to continuously adjust a back-up truck after the rear-end housing in his pole-winning primary truck was confiscated by NASCAR prior to the race.
Hornaday Jr. battled a loose truck throughout the night but managed to lead the 150-lap affair four times for a total of 29 laps.
“I hate to say it, but we didn’t have the truck to win. It’s just the restarts worked out in our favor and Rick did a great job. On our last stop, we put fuel in, and then the yellow came out. We put four tires on and made some hellacious adjustments, that’s a big word for me, but they were unbelievable.
“We finally got the truck right. It took all day yesterday and all day today, but we got the truck right. It’s unbelievable that my guys never say die and keep working hard. I would have been really happy to come out of here with a top 5, but it’s pretty exciting (winning) three in a row,” he said. 
He took the top spot for the final time on Lap 133 and survived two caution restarts during the closing 18-lap stretch, including one with five laps to go, while holding off Skinner’s hard-charging No. 5 Exide Batteries Toyota.
“Well, if I drove it in (to the corners) any harder, I kept bottoming it out, and that’s what happened the last lap. That’s when Mike made such a good run on me. One more lap and I don’t know if he would have caught me, but it would have been a heck of a race,” said Hornaday Jr., who took his first Kentucky Speedway NCWTS victory on July 8, 2006, by 0.586 of second over Rick Crawford. 
Skinner nailed down his fifth top-five and ninth top-10 finish of the season. He has earned a win (2007) and a total of three top-five and four top-10 finishes in seven Kentucky Speedway NCWTS starts.
“I could’ve hit him, and I probably owe him one, but I didn’t take the low road. I really thought I had him and thought I could pass him without running into him. Due to problems with other guys and keeping the fenders on the truck tonight, we were able to finish second. Another lap and we might have had a first-place truck,” Skinner said.
Matt Crafton claimed third-place in the No. 88 Menards Chevrolet, Timothy Peters was fourth in the No. 17 Strutmasters Toyota and Aric Almirola took fifth in the No. 15 Red Top Auto Auction Toyota.

Kligerman edges Enfinger
in tight ARCA Series race

Eighteen-year-old Parker Kligerman on July 18 earned his fourth consecutive ARCA RE/MAX Series victory by upstaging Grant Enfinger during a classic side-by-side last-lap battle in the “Click It or Ticket. Buckle-Up! Kentucky 150” at the Kentucky Speedway.

Parker Kligerman

Photo courtesy of David Allio

ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Parker
Kligerman, 18, celebrates his victory
in the “Click It or Ticket Buckle Up
Kentucky 150” earlier in the day.

Kligerman claimed the sixth-closest series victory in track history by 0.599 of a second after guiding his No. 77 Cunningham Motorsports Dodge past Enfinger’s No. 83 BeasleyAllen.com Ford on the inside line in Turn 4 as both cars barreled toward the checkered flag.
“I knew he was going to go high. I had to go low, but I kept getting loose at the bottom and I didn’t want a repeat of last time here (when I spun out and finished 17th). We went back at it, I saw him go high and I thought he’d drive it in.
“So, the second I went in there I just wanted to force him out. I decided to get on the throttle regardless of where he’d be. I figured we’d either hit or look like heroes. We looked like heroes, so that’s good,” he said.
The first-year series driver earned much sought after redemption following his May 9 showing here that marks his only finish outside a race top 10 this season. He maintains control of the series championship lead by taking his fifth win, seventh top-five and 10th top-10 finish. He earned those wins in the past six series events.

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