July 19 news and notes Drivers weigh in on Carl vs. Brad - 5 p.m. ET
Fans aren't the only ones with opinions on the Carl Edwards-Brad Keselowski wreck this past weekend.
Drivers are turning out en masse to voice their thoughts - and it's not necessarily what you would expect.
Denny Hamlin shocked many by defending his rival Keselowski. Responding via Twitter to a reporter's question, Hamlin called the incident "dirty.. Just dirty." Then he followed it up with, "I'm suprised (sic) he got to keep the win frankly."
Kevin Harvick , Edwards' rival, may not have a surprising stance, but his bluntness definitely raised eyebrows: "I went back and watched it last night," Harvick said on Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain Sunday night. "I have a tough time with people just hooking ... hooking someone in the right-rear is different than rubbing on somebody and just leaning on somebody, and wrecking half the field is something that's pretty tough to swallow for a lot of those guys that were involved in that at the end.
"I know you're going for a win and everything is fine but hooking someone in the right-rear down the straightaway -- I probably wouldn't have reacted as kindly as Brad did. I probably would have walked down there and punched him in the mouth. I just think that's way, way out of bounds as far as hooking somebody in the middle of the straightaway."
With reactions like those above, things are bound to get interesting. -- Jorge Andres Mondaca
Hornaday looks for a reversal in fortunes - 3 p.m. ET
Ron Hornaday has enjoyed a stellar run since joining what is now the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 1995.
He's won at least a race every season that he's run in the series, excluding 2004 when he competed in only one race. He only ran two in 2002 and still managed to win one of those. His winless streaks have been few and far between, especially since he partnered with Kevin Harvick Inc. in 2005. Since then, he's won a pair of championships, including the 2009 title that came after a six-win season.
All of that makes Hornaday's struggles this season all the more baffling.
Hornaday not only has failed to win for almost a year (his last victory came at Nashville Superspeedway on Aug. 1, 2009), but he hasn't even been in the mix late in races all that much. Hornaday rides a 22-race winless streak, one of the longest of his Truck career. Certainly he's had his share of setbacks through no fault of his own this season. And he has finished in the top 10 in more than half of his starts - six to be exact. But the Hornaday of recent years has been a dominating force, one capable of consistently reeling off top-fives and continually challenging the frontrunners.
Eleven races into the 2010 season, he has four finishes of 24th or worse, including finishes of 24th and 26th in his last two races.
This weekend, though, offers a solid chance for Hornaday to turn the tide. He has three wins and has finished in the top five in seven of his 10 races at O'Reilly Raceway Park. Can he begin to cut into his 261-point deficit to points leader Todd Bodine this weekend? Time will tell. -- Rea White