Bristol: Ron Hornaday preview

Back to Bristol Huntersville, N.C. (August 22, 2005) - When it comes to racing at Bristol Motor Speedway Ron Hornaday may have one of the most impressive stats in the history of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS). At a track that is ...

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Huntersville, N.C. (August 22, 2005) - When it comes to racing at Bristol Motor Speedway Ron Hornaday may have one of the most impressive stats in the history of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS). At a track that is known for it's fast paced, action packed, paint swapping excitement, Hornaday has won from the pole twice, once while leading every single lap. At one of the most difficult tracks on the NASCAR circuit just finishing the race can be satisfying; leading every lap is practically unthinkable. Only one other driver from any of NASCAR's three touring series can claim this remarkable feat. His name is Cale Yarborough, which is pretty good company for Hornaday. For this reason alone, Hornaday has to be considered a favorite this Wednesday night when the NCTS takes over the most hair raising half mile in the entire country.

"It even amazes me that I was able to run like that at Bristol," Hornaday explained. "Sometimes just finishing the race at Bristol can be a since of accomplishment, but being able to go out and lead every lap is something that I am very proud of. Out front is where you want to be, so I just figured why not stay out there the entire time. It sure makes it a lot easier."

It has been a frustrating season for the No. 6 GM Goodwrench team. A little of Hornaday's Bristol magic could be exactly what the team needs to get back heading in the right direction and finish out the season with a bang. A string of bad luck has left a team with championship aspirations, looking at a large hole to climb out of. They feel long over due for a second trip to victory lane. There couldn't be a better place to re-energize the team than at one of the most popular race tracks that NASCAR travels to. Team owner Kevin Harvick won at Bristol earlier in the season in his No. 29 GM Goodwrench NEXTEL Cup car, and his team would like nothing more to celebrate with him in the winner's circle.

"The boss man went to victory lane earlier this year at Bristol, said crew chief Wally Rogers with a smile on his face. "He said he wants to go back. I know we have a driver that can get us there, now it is my job to make sure that he has a race truck that can get the job done. We are over due, but winning at Bristol would certainly be worth the wait."

Points of Interest...

* Off the Hauler...Team GM Goodwrench will take chassis No. 008 to the Volunteer State this weekend. This truck last ran at Nashville Superspeedway and has a best finish of fourth at Dover earlier in the season.

* Track Stat... Hornaday has run in the NCTS race at Bristol five times. He has two wins and 4 top-10 finishes. He has won from the pole twice, leading every lap in 1997.

* NCTS Points...After 16 races in the 2005 season, Hornaday sits fourth in points, with one win, five top-five and seven top-10 finishes. Hornaday sits 267 markers behind point's leader Dennis Setzer.

* Start time...Wednesday evening's O'Reilly 200 is scheduled for 9:15 p.m. EDT. TV coverage of the event on SPEED Channel begins at 9:00 pm., with live radio coverage also beginning at 9:00 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 Bristol Motor Speedway...

What do you think about Bristol Motor Speedway?

"Bristol is awesome. It is by far one of my favorite tracks. No doubt that it is short track racing at it's finest. This is a race that everyone looks forward to. The drivers, the teams and especially the fans. It is always a good show and being under the lights just adds electricity to an already charged up and energetic crowd. You can feed off that, and I think that everyone does. If you aren't excited about going to Bristol than something is obviously wrong."

What is the strategy to running well at Bristol?

"I can't give away all my secrets, but being out front is the key. There is nowhere safe on the track, but your odds are a lot better when you are leading. If you are not out front you have to get a steady pace to get through traffic. You cannot be impatient because that can come back to haunt you later, but you do have to make sure you are getting around the other trucks or else you might end up in some trouble that is out of your control."

Can anyone ever lead every lap at Bristol again?

"Anything is possible in racing, but I think that it is highly unlikely. Things were different back then, which may have been to my advantage. I am not sure if it will happen again, but I promise that I will be trying to make it happen again this week."

-rcr-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ron Hornaday Jr. , Cale Yarborough