DRILL New­man grabs truck win away from Hor­na­day on last lap

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HAMP­TON — Ryan New­man passed Ron Hor­na­day in Turn 2 on the last lap at At­lanta Mo­tor Speed­way to win in his first Truck Se­ries start. New­man and Hor­na­day, both driv­ing Trucks for Kevin Har­vick Inc., traded the lead twice in the fi­nal eight laps of Satur­day's race. The two raced side-by-side for a lap, with Hor­na­day com­ing out front on the next-to-last lap. New­man then grabbed it back and Hor­na­day, locked in a bat­tle for the se­ries cham­pi­onship, couldn't af­ford to push the is­sue. "I don't know if I can say it, but sec­ond stinks," Hor­na­day said. "I just missed the cor­ner a lit­tle bit, that one cor­ner off of (Turn) 2. If you miss it, you miss three-tenths to a half a sec­ond. He ran me down and he got the mo­men­tum." New­man praised Hor­na­day for the ex­cit­ing, trou­ble-free fin­ish. "He left me room, he could have pinched me twice," New­man said. "He raced me like a gen­tle­man, and he's racing for a cham­pi­onship and I'm aware of that." Hor­na­day, who started the day trail­ing Johnny Ben­son by 65 points in the stand­ings, trimmed the lead to 31 with three races to go. A victory would have given Hor­na­day an ad­di­tional 10 points, but he didn't fault New­man for not giv­ing him the win. "I'm sure if it was Kevin, he would have done that. But we're go­ing to race hard like that — that's what we're sup­posed to do, race clean and hard," Hor­na­day said of Har­vick's stan­dards. "That (num­ber) 2 truck needs a win, that thing needs a spon­sor and it shows that that truck is ca­pa­ble of winning. "That truck didn't beat me. I beat my­self. I missed a cor­ner. They ain't move over for me, that's for sure." Har­vick dis­puted Hor­na­day's be­lief that he would have given his driver the win. "I don't think so. That's wish­ful think­ing on his part," he laughed. "When it comes to winning races, that's what we're all for." Denny Ham­lin fin­ished third and was fol­lowed by Todd Bo­dine, Scott Speed and Erik Dar­nell. Ben­son sal­vaged what could have been a dis­as­trous points day by ral­ly­ing for his fin­ish. He fell back at the start of the race, then didn't change tires dur­ing a midrace pit stop to move up to sec­ond place. But the old tires cost him on the track and he dropped all the way to 17th. Hor­na­day was about to lap him when a timely cau­tion for de­bris saved Ben­son. "I'm still looking for the de­bris," Hor­na­day quipped. "I pushed my truck as hard as I could — I took a chance of blow­ing my tires — to make sure I put him a lap down." Ben­son was baf­fled by his prob­lems af­ter a good prac­tice ses­sion. "We started the race and we strug­gled with some­thing. We had some­thing that was amiss and we just have to try to find it," Ben­son said. "We were try­ing all kinds of things be­cause it wasn't go­ing away. To run sev­enth, that was bet­ter than we ran all race, for sure." As­so­ci­ated Press

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