NASCAR & Auto Racing

Ron Hornaday dominates, wins; post-race scrum a tie at best

LOUDON, N.H. - If Ron Hornaday has been distracted by the media uproar this week over his admission about using testosterone cream in 2004 and 2005, it certainly didn't show Saturday.

Hornaday dominated the Camping World 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway from start to finish, leading 149 of the 200 laps and holding off Johnny Benson on his way to his second consecutive victory in the Craftsman Truck Series.

Hornaday, the reigning series champion, also gained a little ground on Benson, the series leader, in his race for a second straight championship. Hornaday now trails Benson by 74 points with six races remaining.

"I have to thank all the race fans who have supported me over the past week," said Hornaday, who earned his fifth win of the season and 38th of his career.

"Darn that Johnny Benson. He finishes right behind us," he said. "I'm telling you, this championship is going down to (the season finale) at Homestead."

Earlier this week in an interview with ESPN The Magazine, Hornaday acknowledged using testosterone cream in 2004 and 2005 when attempting to find a diagnosis for unexpected weight loss. Hornaday was eventually diagnosed with Grave's disease.

NASCAR officials announced this week that Hornaday would not be penalized and considered the use of the steroid a "personal medical issue."

Hornaday's win was nearly overshadowed by a post-race fight on pit road between members of the teams of Todd Bodine and David Starr. After several minutes, NASCAR officials separated those involved and will review the incident for possible penalties.

Late in the race, Starr and Bodine had collided, sending Bodine's No. 30 Toyota into the wall. On the cool-down lap, Bodine tapped Starr from behind as both were driving to pit road.

Travis Kvapil finished third, Erik Darnell was fourth and Rick Crawford fifth.

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