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redarrow.gif (62 bytes)Hornaday Wins Race and Record $140,100
MONROE, Wa. (Apr. 4, 1999) From NASCAR Online
Ron Hornaday won the biggest prize in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series history, along with his 25th career victory, as he captured Saturday's NAPACard 200 race at Evergreen Speedway.
spacerwhite.gif (835 bytes)Hornaday, one of four drivers in the 30-truck field eligible for a $100,000 bonus in the tour's 100th race, led all but 15 laps around the 0.646-mile speedway. He beat series rival Jack Sprague by 2.509 seconds in a race which was stretched to more than four hours by rain.
spacerwhite.gif (835 bytes)The 40-year-old veteran, who drives a Chevrolet Silverado for Dale Earnhardt Inc., won $140,100 more than $55,000 greater the the previous largest purse in the series.
spacerwhite.gif (835 bytes)Hornaday started from the pole position by virtue of his 1998 championship, with Sprague alongside, when inclement weather canceled qualifying.
spacerwhite.gif (835 bytes)The pair swapped the lead twice, before Sprague drifted back in the pack, leaving Hornaday to battle for most of the race with Ron Barfield. The race's seventh and final caution, which ended on lap 185, saw Hornaday quickly pull away from his pursuers.
spacerwhite.gif (835 bytes)Sprague, who restarted fourth, passed Stacy Compton's Dodge for third-place on lap 192. He got around Barfield's fading Ford with three serials remaining but, by then, Hornaday was two dozen lengths in front.
spacerwhite.gif (835 bytes)Barfield, Compton and Mike Wallace trailed Hornaday, who averaged 59.654 mph. Rick Carelli, Dennis Setzer, Mike Bliss, Kevin Harvick and Greg Biffle completed the top 10 among 18 drivers who completed all 200 laps.
spacerwhite.gif (835 bytes)Hornaday gave credit to his crew chief, Sandy Jones, for making key adjustments to the truck during several pit stops. When the race was on the line, the setup was perfect.
spacerwhite.gif (835 bytes)"The crew put on a set of (right side) tires and the truck was just right,'' he said. ``That was the key today.'' Added Jones: ``This team is unbelievable and Ron Hornaday is the best driver I've ever seen in my life and I've worked for quite a few of them.''
spacerwhite.gif (835 bytes)Hornaday continues to lead NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point standings, by 45 points over Compton.
spacerwhite.gif (835 bytes)The race's first 50 laps required more than two hours to complete, thanks to three red flags to dry the track surface. When racing resumed for good, however, there were just four brief yellows for minor incidents. Twenty-six of the 30 starters were running at the finish.

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