NAZARETH, Pa., May 18 (UPI) -- Ron Hornaday led 148 of 200 laps Sunday and won the NASCAR Busch Series Goulds Pumps ITT Industries 200 for his second victory at Nazareth Speedway.
Hornaday pulled away during the final green-flag segment before holding off Brian Vickers to claim his third career Busch victory. His other two came during his rookie year of 2000.
A two-time NASCAR Truck Series champion, Hornaday had not finished better than fourth in any of the first 10 Busch races this season.
Only the second two-time winner at Nazareth, Hornaday took the lead for good in his Chevrolet Monte Carlo by passing rookie David Stremme on the 146th trip around the one-mile oval and finished the 200 miles in 1 hour, 57 minutes, 7 seconds.
Nazareth has been good to Hornaday, who made his Busch debut here in 1998 and claimed his first win on the circuit in 2000. Before Sunday, he had not won since August 2000 at Indianapolis.
"The fans really pump me up here," said Hornaday, who jumped from sixth to third in the series standings, 83 points behind Green. "And it's a great track, a driver's race track."
Tim Fedewa is the only other driver to win twice at Nazareth, claiming the Busch event in 1995 and 1998.
Hornaday, who has three top-five finishes in four Nazareth starts, began the race third, behind LaJoie and Compton. But he grabbed the lead by passing LaJoie on lap 14 and led 98 of the first 150.
Rookie David Stremme led for 32 laps and placed sixth in a Dodge Intrepid. It was his best finish in four Busch races.
"I learned a lot today that I can take with me," he said. "I just wanted to try to finish and gain experience. My equipment's getting adjusted to my driving style and I'm getting adjusted to it."
The race was the 12th of 34 on the Busch circuit.