Hornaday move benefits Skinner

first_img“We suck here,” said Skinner, driver of the No. 5 Toyota for Bill Davis Racing. “Mark Martin is probably the best race car driver outside of Dale Earnhardt ever to put on a helmet. He had us tonight. I don’t know if he missed a shift. I had to do the slowest restart all night.” Hornaday finished second, his best career finish in the Truck Series at California Speedway, and his fifth top-10 finish in six starts at the Fontana track. As the trucks came down to the start/finish line, Hornaday put the front of his truck under the rear of Martin’s truck, spun Martin into the infield and out of the lead. “You know, the thing just kinda lifted up, started spinning its wheels and I got behind on the steering,” said Martin, driver of the No. 21 Ford for the Wood Brothers. “I just got behind on the steering.” Hornaday, who had a new truck for the race, said his crew chief Rick Ren, also new to his Kevin Harvick Inc. team, made some creative adjustments and gave him an “awesome” truck. “It is the first time Rick Ren got to work with the coil-binding setup and it was a great turnaround for us,” said Hornaday, a former Saugus Speedway champ from Palmdale. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FONTANA – In a move reminiscent of his days at Saugus Speedway, Ron Hornaday Jr. used an aggressive restart to knock the leader out of the way with five laps to go in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at California Speedway on Friday night. Hornaday spun out Mark Martin, the leader and driver of the dominant car in the race, but Mike Skinner was the benefactor, taking the lead and winning the San Bernardino County 200. center_img Martin, who finished second in a controversial Daytona 500 last week, was again a hard-luck loser. He was knocked back to 24th place after spinning out and finished the race 23rd. “I hate to see that, especially Mark Martin,” said Hornaday, driver of the No. 33 Chevrolet for Kevin Harvick Inc. “I feel bad for Mark, but I really feel good for the guys.” Hornaday had a strong truck in the race and challenged for the lead on a number of occasions. His last surge came on a restart with five laps to go, when he was running second to Martin. last_img read more