MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Ron Hornaday won the O'Reilly 200 on Saturday night to take the Craftsman Truck Series points lead, leading the final 129 laps and enduring a green-white-checker finish. Hornaday was leading on the 199th lap when a crash started between Ted Musgrave and Willie Allen brought out the ninth caution and eventually a red flag as the track was cleared of debris. On the green-white-checker finish, Hornaday hit his marks and beat Erik Darnell for Hornaday's second win at Memphis Motorsports Park. Hornaday, who led 139 of 204 laps, won the initial Truck Series race at the track in 1998.
The victory was his third of the season and his 36th in the series. Matt Crafton was third, followed by Rick Crawford and David Starr. Johnny Benson, who entered the race as the series points leader, captured the pole with a qualifying speed of 118.229, and Bobby East was next to him on the front row. It was Benson's third pole of the season. But Hornaday, who entered the race 70 points behind Benson, was sitting in the second row and immediately tried to force his way into the lead in the first turn. Benson held him off there and led the first 43 laps on the 0.75-mile oval before Hornaday, after a bit of contact earlier in the lap, overtook Benson.
Hornaday, driving a Chevrolet for Kevin Harvick Inc., would give up the spot during a pit stop, but regained the advantage 17 laps later and carried it through the race, including the last pit stop on Lap 123. Meanwhile, Benson turned transmission problems into engine problems on Lap 83, sending him to the garage and a 33rd-place finish.
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