Hornaday holds off All­mendinger to win

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS -

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.

Ty Rus­sell As­so­ci­ated Press

HE’S GONE: The Hous­ton Rock­ets went 182-146 un­der Jeff Van Gundy, but were only 7-12 in three play­off ap­pear­ances. Gre­goire,

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