Heading into Friday nights Camping World Truck Series race at Phoenix International Raceway there were two big stories. The first story was whether or not series points leader Ron Hornaday Jr would win his fourth Championship in the series. The other story of the night revolved around Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick's attempt to win all three races at the track this weekend. The night ended with two drivers happy and another looking on yet again from a second place finish.
It was a big night for the KHI team owned by Kevin Harvick and his wife DeLana. Harvick's win put him one step closer to becoming the first driver in history to win all three races in one weekend. Harvick will compete in Saturday's Nationwide Series race and Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race and must win both to make it into the record books. While the feat has been attempted several times this season, most often by Busch, the "trifecta" has yet to be completed.
The Harvick's will also be celebrating the championship of Hornaday who drives the #33 for the KHI team. With his fourth place finish Hornaday was able to clench his fourth Camping World Truck Series Title and his second for Kevin Harvick Incorporated. The 51 year old is the oldest driver to win a championship in one of the sports top three series.
Busch who started the night in fourth position led several laps but was not able to capitalize and came home in second behind Harvick. Busch who isn't a happy camper when he loses was surprisingly cheerful when interviewed by Speed TV reporters after the race. When asked about his plans for 2010 and the rumors surrounding a new team for next season Kyle said, "I don't have a hauler I don't have a race shop...I've been building a building for over 3 years." Looks like those rumors might be true after all but it may not happen as soon as Kyle or his fans would like.
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