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Ron Hornaday Jr. snapped a 22-race winless streak in the Truck Series, winning the AAA Insurance 200 at O’Reilly Raceway Park. Hornaday led 129 laps and beat runner-up Kyle Busch by 2.095 seconds for his first win since last year at Nashville Superspeedway.
It was the 46th career Truck Series victory for the California native, and it was his fourth career victory at the 0.686-mile track.
Timothy Peters started from the pole in his No. 17 Red Horse Racing Toyota, and held the lead until Lap 63, when Hornaday put the No. 33 Georgia Boot Chevrolet into the lead for the first time. It would stay there for most of the rest of the race.
“It was just a great day,” said Hornaday, who led 129 of 200 laps.
“Hopefully, it keeps everybody a little bit quiet, but it to Ernie [Cope] to come here and settle everyone down, because the guys were getting a little anxious. We know we’ve got a winning team, but we just had to prove it to them.”
Busch’s second-place run was his best finish at this short 0.686-mile oval.
“We made it through the evening pretty well,” Busch said. “I thought we had a shot to win there and battle with Hornaday a little bit….Unfortunately, we just didn’t have enough for him tonight.”
Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter and James Buescher rounded out the top-five.
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