Print and Go Back ESPN.com: Truck Series [Print without images]

Saturday, October 1, 2011
Ron Hornaday Jr. wins 50th in Trucks

Associated Press

SPARTA, Ky. -- Ron Hornaday picked up his 50th victory in the Trucks Series with a Saturday night win at Kentucky Speedway.

Ron Hornaday Jr.
Ron Hornaday Jr. celebrates after winning the NASCAR Trucks Series race at Kentucky Speedway. It was Hornaday's 50th career series win.

Hornaday held off Austin Dillon over the final 10 laps to take Kevin Harvick Inc. to Victory Lane for the third time this season. He beat Dillon by 0.438 seconds to the finish line.

Hornaday is the winningest driver in Trucks Series history.

Dillon finished second and picked up another point over James Buescher in the series standings. Buescher, who finished third, trails Dillon by three points with five races remaining.

"It's going to be close," Dillon said. "I feel like we're hitting our stride here at the end. I feel like I am very confident in winning this championship and I want to go to the next five races and do what I have to do to get it done."

Next up on the schedule is Las Vegas, where Dillon won last year and Buescher finished third.

"It's going to be a long five races," Buescher said. "The points battle will probably stay tight for the rest of the year."

Nelson Piquet Jr. was fourth to give KHI two trucks in the top four. Team owners Kevin and Delana Harvick announced last month they are closing the team at the end of the year, and Hornaday and Piquet are both looking for new rides.

Brian Ickler finished fifth and was followed by Ricky Carmichael, Todd Bodine, Cole Whitt, Dakoda Armstrong and David Starr.

Dillon's younger brother, Ty, made his series debut and finished 18th after running out of fuel during the race. But Austin Dillon praised the 19-year-old's performance.

"It was fun seeing him up there running, I think he learned a ton," Dillon said. "He was good enough to run in the top 10, and he ran in the top-five for a long time. Very impressed. He also helped me in lapped traffic, so that was nice of him, and he raced me clean.

"He's going to be one to beat, he'll probably have a shot at the championship next year and rookie of the year, for sure."