Rowdy Night In Phoenix

Kyle "Rowdy" Busch outran championship contender Ron Hornaday to the checkered flag to win Friday night's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Casino Arizona 150 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Busch won his second NCTS race of the season and sixth of his career in his 35th start.

“It was a great win," Busch said. "To beat guys like Mike Bliss and Hornaday here, this is pretty much their house."

"They must have had better rear springs than I did. Those guys could get better restarts than I did. I just didn’t have any forward bite. I’d just spin my tires all the way down the front straightaway."

Hornaday's second place finish helped him move closer to series point leader Mike Skinner who finished eighth.

“This team never says die," said Hornaday. "We’re going to do whatever we need to do to win this thing. All we can do is go down there and keep doing what has worked for us all season, racing hard. When you have something this fast, this is fun."

Skinner led Hornaday by 57 points entering Friday night's race with the lead now down to 29 heading into the season finale next Friday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Skinner could have gained an additional four points had teammate Johnny Benson not passed him to finish seventh.

"I guess we’re not a team,” Skinner said. "I’m not in too good of mood right now. It’s better than being 29 points behind."

"We’re just one team, the No. 5 team. I don’t know how many teams we’re going to have to race against in Homestead."

Mike Bliss finished third followed by Jason Leffler and Kevin Harvick.

The race was slowed by a record 13 cautions and two red flags, the second coming on lap 136 after Jacques Villeneuve made contact with Stacy Compton, who ran Andy Lally into the inside wall on the frontstretch.

The impact of Lally's truck broke the cement barrier and the race was halted for 15 minutes while officials made repairs. Lally was taken to a local hospital for observation.

The Craftsman Truck Series now heads to Homestead-Miami Speedway to end the season in next Friday night's Ford 200.

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Texas Roadhouse 200

@ Martinsville Speedway
Saturday, October 29, 2016
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