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Carrie Anderson

Hornaday Tames Memphis...Again.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Ron Hornaday dominated his second

consecutive race and won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race

at the Memphis Motorsports Park.

Hornaday, the series points leader, won last week at Milwaukee

in the same truck by leading 180 of 200 laps. He had a similar

performance in the MemphisTravel.com 200 on Saturday night.

He started on the pole after a qualifying lap of 117.7 mph and

led 175 of 201 laps on the ¾-mile oval.

"It's a pretty dominant truck, for some reason," Hornaday

said. "I don't know what we're doing to it, but we're going to go

back and copy it somehow."

A caution with five laps to go, caused when Dennis Setzer and

Tayler Malsam got together, cut Hornaday's commanding lead with a

restart and a green-white-checker finish.

Brian Scott, who was running second, stayed with Hornaday

through much of the first extra period lap, but Hornaday pulled

away on the final sweep.

"I got a good jump on the restart," Scott said. "I got to his

bumper and drove into the corner right there with him.

Unfortunately, I drove a little harder, and didn't stick quite as

well (in the turn)."

Scott, who was racing for the second week with a broken right

wrist, finished second, 0.65 seconds behind Hornaday. David Starr

finished third and Aric Almirola was fourth.

"I wasn't going to get beat by the one-armed bandit," Hornaday

said referring to Scott's cast on the broken wrist. "He was pretty

good."

Hornaday, who turned 51 last week when he won at Milwaukee, took

the Chevrolet truck to the lead immediately and held it for the

first 53 laps. He relinquished the advantage at that point when

T.J. Bell opted not to take tires during a yellow flag pit stop.

Once the field got back up to speed, Hornaday regained the top

spot, passing Bell within a half lap. Scott would take the lead

after pit stops on Lap 115, and would hold that advantage until

Hornaday passed him on lap 135 and stayed ahead the rest of the

way. The pass was accomplished with the help of a slower car that

got in the way of Scott as Hornaday made the pass.

"Lap-down trucks plagued us the whole last part of the race,"

Scott said. "When we had the lead, I had no idea where they were

going when I got to them.

"I might have been able to stay in front of Hornaday a while

longer, but I don't know if we could have beat him. He was awfully

good."

Hornaday entered the race with a 36-point lead in the series. He

extended it to 76 points over Matt Crafton, who finished fifth.

"We're clamping down," Hornaday said. "We're going out there

and working extra hard, and we're saving our parts. We're just out

there knowing what we have to do."

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