Atlanta II: Ron Hornaday preview

RON HORNADAY Looking to Repeat Success Huntersville, N.C. (October 25, 2005) -- Returning to Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend will bring back a lot of memories for Ron Hornaday and his GM Goodwrench team. Trading paint coming out of turn...

RON HORNADAY
Looking to Repeat Success

Huntersville, N.C. (October 25, 2005) -- Returning to Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend will bring back a lot of memories for Ron Hornaday and his GM Goodwrench team. Trading paint coming out of turn four, a photo finish and a victory lane burn-out celebration were all part of the previous visit's excitement. That was the highest point of the season for the No. 6 team and they would love to do it all over again. A highly motivated crew is bringing a positive attitude and the same winning truck to the race track this Saturday for the running of the Easycare Vehicles Service Contracts 200. With that combination there is no reason to believe that they can't reclaim the winner's circle and create a few new memories to take home with them.

"Last time we were in Atlanta was awesome," said Hornaday. "The race was so close and that just makes it more rewarding. The fans got an awesome show and it reminded me how good it feels to win. We have had a few races this year where we should have won, but for whatever the reason things just didn't go our way. It's nice to know we are going back to a track that we have some confidence in. If we can put it all together, this weekend should be a lot of fun."

Several times Ron Hornaday's team has gotten close to that second win only to see it slip away. With the season winding down it is hard to believe that it was 19 races ago when the GM Goodwrench silver and black was last represented in victory lane. The team fully intends on ending that streak and repeating the success that they found at the mile-and-a-half track during the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series' third race of the year.

"We think that we have a pretty good chance this weekend," added crew chief Wally Rogers. "We have tried to pick up some momentum and we know we can run well in Atlanta. We are taking the same truck that we won with earlier in the year and feel pretty good about the notes we compiled from that race. With four races remaining it sure would be nice to grab another win, and we feel Atlanta is definitely a place we can accomplish that."

Points of Interest...

* Off the Hauler...Team GM Goodwrench will take chassis No. 004 to Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend for Saturday's race. This is the same truck that Ron Hornaday won in earlier this year in their first trip to Atlanta.

* Track Stat... Hornaday's one previous NCTS start at Atlanta Motor Speedway was in March 2005, when he won the World Financial Group 200. He also has five NASCAR Busch Series starts and one Nextel Cup Series start, never finishing inside the top-10. Hornaday has one more win under his belt at the mile-and-a-half track and that came in an ARCA race in 1999. His only ever start in that series

* Manufacture's Championship... Chevrolet is still looking to clinch the manufacture's championship with a win this weekend in Atlanta. Chevrolet has 9 wins on the season followed by Toyota with 6, Dodge with 4, and Ford with 2.

* NCTS Points... After 21 races in the 2005 season, Hornaday sits third in points with one win, six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. Hornaday remains 222 markers behind point's leader Ted Musgrave.

* Start time... Saturday afternoon's Easycare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. EDT. TV coverage of the event on SPEED Channel begins at 3:00 p.m., with live radio coverage also beginning at 3:00 p.m. EDT on your local MRN Radio affiliate and on XM Satellite Radio -- channel 144. Remember times and dates of the race may change so check your local listings.

No. 6 GM Goodwrench Driver Ron Hornaday on Atlanta Motor Speedway...

What is your take on Atlanta Motor Speedway?

"My favorite tracks are the places where I win, so Atlanta is on my list. I am really looking forward to going back and hope that we are as successful this time as we were the first time this year. The track is perfect for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and gives the fans an awesome show. It is so fast that it almost takes your breath away."

Can you top the first trip to Atlanta? That finish will be hard to beat.

"It was exciting to be a part of a finish that comes down to the very last turn on the last lap. We even made a little contact right before we crossed the stripe. The fans had to enjoy it and that is what makes the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series so special. While the race is still going on I am sure that my team would have liked a larger lead, but afterwards it makes it that much more rewarding. I have been on the other end of finishes like that and it can be disappointing, but as long as the racing is clean then you have to appreciate the competition. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series has provided many memorable finishes over the years, including championships that have come down to the final event of the season. That is why it's popularity continues to grow each season. The fans know how entertaining it is and how good of a show the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series puts on."

What is it going to take for Ron Hornaday to become a three-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Champion?

"It is going to take a lot of luck and a lot of hard work. We are going to have to get the GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Silverado in victory lane if we want to have any chance. The (No.) 46 team has struggled a little bit lately, but the (No.) 1 team has been running pretty strong. Those guys are going to have to slip up for us to have a shot. It is not impossible, but it is a long shot. We still have to worry about teams that are gunning for our third place spot."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ron Hornaday Jr. , Ted Musgrave