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Ron Hornaday Grabs 1st Career Las Vegas Win in 2011 Smith’s 350

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Polesitter Ron Hornaday Jr. led 107 of 146 laps Saturday afternoon (Oct. 15) to score his first career victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, beating out Matt Crafton by more than half a second. In a race that was marred by 10 cautions, Hornaday led four times, including the final 32 laps en route to his third victory in three races. Timothy Peters, Johnny Sauter and Todd Bodine rounded out the top five.

Points leaders Austin Dillon and James Buescher each found themselves caught up in their own adversity, allowing the standings to tighten up considerably. A lead that was 42 points over fifth place Hornaday before the race shrank to 25. Despite a 17th-place finish, Dillon increased his lead to five over Sauter, who moved up a spot while Buescher dropped to third after a disappointing 21st-place finish. Hornaday cut his deficit in half and moved up to fourth. Peters rounds out the top five.

The victory was Hornaday’s fourth this season and 51st in his career.


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