BUSCH: Chicagoland: Ron Hornaday preview

The Windy City Double Chicagoland Speedway has been a great track for Richard Childress Racing since opening in 2001. GM Goodwrench driver Kevin Harvick has swept both NASCAR Winston Cup races at the track and last year, Johnny Sauter put the ...

The Windy City Double Chicagoland Speedway has been a great track for Richard Childress Racing since opening in 2001. GM Goodwrench driver Kevin Harvick has swept both NASCAR Winston Cup races at the track and last year, Johnny Sauter put the ACDelco Chevrolet in the NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) winner's circle as well. Now it is Ron Hornaday's turn to take a shot at a Chicagoland Speedway win. In 2002, Hornaday showed some muscle at the 1.5-mile track in the No. 26 Carroll Racing Chevrolet. Hornaday started the race 14th and finished fifth. But it was the ACDelco team's great call on pit road that put Sauter in the position to get his first NBS win. The No. 2 ACDelco Chevrolet Monte Carlo will try to make it two-for-two in Chicago on Saturday, July 12 at 1:00 p.m.

My Old Kentucky...car?

The ACDelco Transporter will unload chassis No. 006 at Chicagoland Speedway. It is the oldest car in the RCR NBS stable. However, don't let the age of the car fool you. It is the same car that Hornaday drove to a third place at Kentucky Speedway one month ago. During that race, Hornaday led three different times and never ran outside the top-five.

It's getting hot in herrre

Nobody has been hotter than Hornaday over the last three races. With three consecutive top-five finishes, Hornaday has clawed his way from 144 points out of the NBS point's lead to 33 points coming into Chicago, IL. That's an average of 37 points per race! To top it off, the next four races have been good to Hornaday in the past. He has won at Loudon and Pikes Peak in the NASCAR Truck Series (NCTS), and also has a NCTS and NBS win at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

ACDelco Chevrolet driver Ron Hornaday on Chicagoland Speedway

This ACDelco team seems to have really meshed together. What has been the biggest factor in your recent success?

"I think the biggest thing is that we all have really gotten to know each other away from the track. After practice, the guys have started coming by my motorhome and just hanging out. We talk a little racing, but most of the time we just laugh and have a good time. I think everyone, including myself, has loosened up and I think the trust factor has increased. It's all about chemistry when you are part of a team and this team has that now."

The ACDelco Chevrolet won at Chicagoland Speedway last year and you ran fifth. So what is the key to racing up front?

"The big thing is having a car that can run right on the bottom and get forward bite off the corners. If you can run low and have an awesome motor like RCR has, you have a great chance at getting to victory lane."

Ron Hornaday and the ACDelco Chevrolet Monte Carlo are third in the NASCAR Busch Series point's standings. Hornaday is 33 points out of first place.

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