The NASCAR Camping World Series was at O’Reilly Raceway Park for a Friday night showdown on the small half mile track.
Timothy Peters earned the pole and started next to Kyle Busch on Friday night.
The championship battle has tightened up in recent weeks as top contenders struggled at both Iowa Speedway and Gateway International Raceway. Friday night would be no different, on the Indiana bull ring.
After the green flag waved Peters was able to pull away from Busch and were battling with Matt Crafton who was in third.
On lap 10, caution waved when Chris Jones made contact and had a tire going down. The early caution brought Ricky Carmichael to pit road, he was overheating. He was able to stay on the lead lap but the stop cost him valuable track position.
If Justin Lofton had any luck he wouldn’t have any luck at all. Lofton suffered a fuel pump problem and was behind the wall before lap 50.
Ron Hornaday has not won since last season but Friday night he was looking like a race win contender when he drove by Busch and Peters to take second and the lead.
Hornaday pulled away meanwhile Crafton was coming he passed both Peters and Busch, right before the caution waved for debris.
The leaders hit pit road with only 12 cars on the lead lap. Hornaday would maintain the lead off of pit road.
ON the restart Crafton peaked on the inside of Hornaday and was unable to take the lead. The racing behind them was heating up.
Mario Gosselin, Aric Almirola and Narain Karthikeyan wrecked with heavy damage to Almirola who sits second in the points.
Caution waved again on lap 123 for debris. Only a couple teams hit pit road and with so many teams of the teams off the lead lap, it wasn’t much of decision.
On the restart Busch and Hornaday made contact and batted back and forth but Hornaday pulled away. Peters who took tires worked his way back in the top 10 after restarting 13th.
Caution then waved for Johnny Lia and Rick Hoffman who made contact. The leaders hit pit road for fresh tires. Johnny Sauter had another poor stop and with lug nut issues that cost him track position. He would restart eighth and have to work his way to the front.
On the restart Peters was able to maintain the lead but not for long as Hornaday and Busch passed him. Crafton ran him down and took third. His older tires were showing their wear when it counted.
Hornaday was in control as the race laps wound down and the checkered flag neared Hornaday was in cruise control and went to win his first race of the season.
The rest of the top 10 were Busch, Crafton, Sauter, James Buescher, Austin Dillo, Todd Bodine, Brad Sweet and Peters.
Next week the CWTS heads to Pocono Raceway on Satruday afternoon at 12:30 ET on SPEED.