Hornaday holds off Allmendinger to win
Ron Hornaday Jr. passed A.J. Allmendinger with 36 laps to go, then held on after two restarts to win the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Quaker Steak & Lube 200 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.
Hornaday, driving for Kevin Harvick Inc., posted the first win of the season for Chevrolet after Toyotas won four of the first five events.
Hornaday was headed for a victory when Johnny Benson lost a tire and hit the wall to bring out a caution with 11 laps to go. It set up a restart with five to go, and Hornaday got a good jump on Allmendinger.
It was Hornaday’s 30th career trucks victory, but the first at the Concord track.
There could be two more bump-filled qualifying days this weekend at the Indianapolis 500 now that there are 34 car-driver combinations.
The newest entries, IndyCar veterans Roberto Moreno and Alex Barron, were added to the list. Moreno replaces Stephan
who fractured a vertebra in his back Thursday when he crashed the No. 77 car of Chastain Motorsports.
Barron will drive the No. 98 CURB Records car.
Eleven spots remain open in the 33-car starting grid and, under the new qualifying format, all are expected to be filled today, the third of four days of qualifying at Indianapolis.
There could be additional bumping Sunday. The first weekend included 11 bumps under the new format in which 11 spots were filled each of the first two days.
HE’S GONE: The Houston Rockets went 182-146 under Jeff Van Gundy, but were only 7-12 in three playoff appearances.