Hornaday wins the Kroger 200 at Martinsville

The brisk chill of a Martinsville morning in October wasn’t enough to cool the excitement of short-track truck racing Saturday. By drop of the green flag the temperature and the anticipation for Camping World Truck action were both on the rise.

Kyle Busch led the field to the green flag with his sixth season pole start. It wasn’t long however before the forces of KHI were bearing down upon him. Kevin Harvick and Ron Hornaday made their way to the front and for the first quarter of the race they seemed a dominate force to be reckoned with.

With a lot of new blood in the field the cautions began flying and through it all it was not leading the pack through the brunt of the short track furry but Todd Bodine.

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With a load on his heart and on his mind Bodine raced his way from 24th starting spot to lead 83 of the afternoons 206 laps. The emotional favorite for Saturday’s victory started to fall of his pace in the closing laps and Hornaday and Busch surpassed Bodine to battle for the Grandfather clock.

As the No. 24 of Cody Cambensey spun on lap 198, it came down to a shootout battle between day’s three top trucks.

Hornaday, Busch, and Bodine restarted for a green-white-checkered finish each determined to push their trucks and their competitors as hard as they could while keeping the battle as clean as possible.

When the final flag flew it was Hornaday with the victory, Busch finished second, Bodine third.

“To win here at Martinsville … the grandfather clock…it’s a big deal,” said the 52-year-old Hornaday. “I’m pretty manly about stuff. I’ve won championships and not cried, but I had a tear in my eye today.”

Busch was disappointed with his second place finish, but congratulated the No. 33 of Hornaday and KHI for their Victory.

“Over all it was a good day.” Busch said. “We ran real competitive. I mean, we were right behind the 2 and the 33 for most of it trying to make our way back to the front, but getting there we were just too tight.”

Bodine retained the points lead with his third place finish, and after the race he spoke to the media about the race.

“We had a really good truck; it kind of went away a bit at the end. I was over driving it a bit probably.” Bodine said.

“This was one of the wild cards we were worried about, with points racing.”

Unofficial Race Results

Kroger 200, Martinsville Speedway

October 23, 2010 – Race 21 of 25

Pos. St. No. Driver Make Pts. Bon. Laps Status
1 3 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet 190 5 206 Running
2 1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 175 5 206 Running
3 24 30 Todd Bodine Toyota 175 10 206 Running
4 7 23 Jason White Toyota 160 0 206 Running
5 15 51 Aric Almirola Toyota 155 0 206 Running
6 10 5 Mike Skinner Toyota 150 0 206 Running
7 13 181 David Starr Toyota 146 0 206 Running
8 20 60 Stacy Compton Chevrolet 142 0 26 Running
9 6 4 Ricky Carmichael Chevrolet 198 0 206 Running
10 2 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet 134 0 206 Running
11 14 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet 130 0 206 Running
12 8 31 James Buescher Chevrolet 127 0 206 Running
13 11 7 Justin Lofton * Toyota 124 0 206 Running
14 25 48 Hermie Sadler Chevrolet 121 0 206 Running
15 4 2 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 123 5 206 Running
16 9 3 Austin Dillon * Chevrolet 115 0 206 Running
17 23 9 B.J. McLeod Chevrolet 112 0 206 Running
18 16 15 Jason Bowles Toyota 109 0 206 Running
19 27 7 John King Chevrolet 106 0 206 Running
20 29 116 Wes Burton Chevrolet 103 0 206 Running
21 5 13 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet 105 5 206 Running
22 17 120 Johanna Long Toyota 97 0 206 Running
23 26 85 Brent Raymer Ford 94 0 204 Running
24 33 57 Norm Benning Chevrolet 91 0 204 Running
25 30 47 C E Falk Chevrolet 88 0 203 Running
26 34 6 Amber Cope Dodge 85 0 203 Running
27 28 46 Clay Greenfield Dodge 82 0 202 Running
28 31 187 Chris Jones Chevrolet 79 0 202 Running
29 19 192 Dennis Setzer Chevrolet 76 0 201 Radiator
30 32 1 Angela Cope Dodge 73 0 200 Running
31 21 197 Matt Lofton Toyota 0 0 198 Running
32 36 124 Cody Cambensy Chevrolet 67 0 198 Running
33 35 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb * Ford 64 0 172 Running
34 12 17 Timothy Peters Toyota 61 0 163 Accident
35 18 12 Mario Gosselin Chevrolet 58 0 116 Engine
36 22 93 Mike Garvey Chevrolet 55 0 27 Brakes

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