Harvick wins Camping World Truck finale to go with owners' title
Harvick and Hornaday perform twin burn-outs to celebrate victory in the Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and the series Championship by Hornaday
Kevin Harvick Caps off Season with Victory at Homestead; Ron Hornaday, Jr. is 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion - Friday, Nov. 20
It is official, Ron Hornaday, Jr. has won the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship to become the series' first four-time Champion. Hornaday wrapped up the title in Phoenix so for the other 35 entries in the Ford 200, it was all about winning on Friday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
With his eighth place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Hornaday delivered the 2009 NCWTS owners championship for the second time to Kevin and DeLana Harvick, co-owners of Kevin Harvick, Inc.(KHI).
To make the Championship celebration even sweeter, Harvick claimed his third Camping World Truck Series win of the season. He led four times for 108 of 136 laps.
Hornaday’s first title came in 1996. He claimed his second in 1998 and third, also behind the wheel of a Kevin Harvick Incorporated Silverado, in 2007. He holds the top spot in number of race wins in the Series with 45 to date. Rick Ren is also the winningest Camping World Truck Series crew chief with a total of 27 trips to victory lane.
Busch tried to lead the South Florida based Miccosukee Gaming and Resort-sponsored No. 51 truck to the owners’ title, but he needed to gain 60 points on Hornaday. To further complicate Busch’s quest, an engine change following qualifying forced Busch to start from the rear of the field. No problem for Kyle who came into the race with 11 Top 5 finishes in 14 Camping World Trucks Series starts this season.
Busch passed 10 trucks on the first lap alone, 18 — half the field — in the first three laps and was 11th by the time the drivers crossed the finish line for the seventh time. By the 25-lap mark, he was fourth, and when the first caution flag came out 18 minutes into the race, Busch was in second place, trailing only Kevin Harvick.
Kevin Harvick made a late pass to cap a dominating show to win the Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and wife Delana clinched the owners' championship when Ron Hornaday Jr. finished eighth.
"That's the way to put an end to a year, right there!" said Harvick as he crossed the line.
Kevin Harvick went into the pit after Ryan Sieg went into the wall and brought out a caution flag with seven laps left. Harvick took four tires, exited pit road first and lined up just behind Timothy Peters for a green-white-checkered finish.
Harvick passed Peters in the very first turn after the restart and cruised to the win. And then Harvick and Hornaday thrilled the crowd with side-by-side burnouts after the checkered flag waved.