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In a Nutshell: Ron Hornaday, Jr. took the checkered flag 1.039 seconds ahead of Dennis Setzer to win the rain delayed Copart 200 Saturday afternoon at the Milwaukee Mile. Hornaday held onto the lead on the final restart with just eight laps remaining to score his 41st career victory. Brian Scott, Todd Bodine and James Buescher rounded out the top five.
Who Should Have Won: Hornaday, Jr. When the No. 33 team unloaded their truck, they struggled with their setup, but major changes made Friday turned the Copart Chevrolet into the strongest truck on the track. In a field set by owner’s points, Hornaday, Jr. started third but wasted little time getting to the front of the field and pulling out to as much as a six second lead at points during the race. Hornaday, Jr. went on to lead 180 of 200 laps on the way to his second win on his birthday.
Questions You Should Be Asking After the Race:
1. How did Terry Cook fare in his 300th series start?
The Copart 200 marked Terry Cook‘s 300th career Camping World Truck Series start Saturday afternoon. Cook started eighth because rain forced the field to be set by owner points.
For the majority of the race, he struggled with a truck setup that was all wrong for racing under the sun. Throughout the afternoon, the No. 25 team threw major changes at the truck, and those changes seemed to finally pay off in the final run to the finish. But it was too late for Cook to take advantage of the improvements, and he ended up with a 10th place finish.
All in all, a 10th place finish with the truck in one piece is certainly not a bad day considering the condition the truck was in when the green flag flew. Cook most likely would have been much happier with a win, but his 109th career top 10 finish could have been much worse after the way his day started.
2. How did Brian Scott fare with a broken wrist?
Last weekend at Michigan International Speedway, Scott was involved in an accident with Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender Buescher inside the first 10 laps of racing. At the time, Scott remarked on his radio about how hard of a hit he took, and the impact of that hit became apparent when the 21 year old found out he had broken his wrist.
With a cast on his right arm, the No. 16 team made adjustments to the steering wheel and the shifter to allow him as much comfort behind the wheel as possible, but the 2005 series champion Ted Musgrave was on standby just in case Scott was unable to finish the race.
After starting 12th, he worked his way into the top 10 and managed to remain there for the majority of the day. By lap 67, the driver of the No. 16 Albertsons Toyota was complaining of a very sore wrist but managed to hang in the truck for the entire race on his way to a third place finish.
Scott has a lot to be proud of after his performance in the Copart 200. Despite the pain in his wrist, he remained in the truck for the entire 200 miles and managed to score his fifth career top five finish in the process.
Truck Rookie Report
2009 Rookie of the Year Candidates:
Chase Austin (No. 32–on hold due to funding)
James Buescher (No. 10)
Ricky Carmichael (No. 4–part time shared ride)
J.R. Fitzpatrick (No. 4–part time shared ride)
Taylor Malsam (No. 81)
Johnny Sauter (No. 13)
No. of Rookies in the Race: Five
No. of Rookies to Finish in the Top 10: Two; Buescher, finished fifth; Tayler Malsam, finished seventh
Raybestos Rookie of the Race: Buescher, finished fifth
Worth Noting/Points Shuffle:
The Copart 200 marked the 100th Camping World Truck Series start for Wyler Racing’s No. 60 Toyota. Stacy Compton scored the 38th top 10 finish for the team after finishing sixth Saturday afternoon.
Hornaday, Jr. dedicated his 41st career win to his wife’s mother who has been in the hospital all week.
Hornaday, Jr. moved up one spot and now leads the championship standings by 36 points over Matt Crafton who dropped one spot. Bodine’s third place finish allowed him to move up one spot, dropping Mike Skinner back to fourth. David Starr moved up one spot and rounds out the top five.
Malsam’s fifth top 10 finish of the season moved him up two spots in the standings to sixth, and he currently finds himself just 14 points outside the top five in his rookie season. Scott, who sits just 10 points behind Malsam, moved up four spots to seventh. Cook, Rick Crawford and Setzer, who moved up four positions, round out the top 10.
“I hate to tell you, but I don’t think the truck was that good. I think we were just that much better than everyone else. We had a little bit left if he (Dennis Setzer) got up there. We were terrible yesterday and made some major changes. I guess it paid off this time.” – Ron Hornaday, Jr.
“We started 21st because of rained out qualifying. These guys just kept making adjustments all day. We got some great fuel mileage on this Chevrolet today.” – Dennis Setzer, finished second
The Camping World Truck Series heads to Memphis Motorsports Park next Saturday for the Memphis 200. In 2008, Hornaday took the checkered flag just ahead of Erik Darnell when a late race red flag forced a green-white-checkered finish. Coverage begins at 5:30 pm EST; the race can also be heard on your local MRN affiliate.