Fontana: Pole sitter interview

RON HORNADAY, JR., NO. 33 CAMPING WORLD SILVERADO Qualifying for the San Bernardino County 200 at Auto Club Speedway of Southern California was canceled due to ran putting defending NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday, Jr.,...

RON HORNADAY, JR., NO. 33 CAMPING WORLD SILVERADO

Qualifying for the San Bernardino County 200 at Auto Club Speedway of Southern California was canceled due to ran putting defending NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday, Jr., No. 33 Camping World Silverado, on the pole for Saturday's race. The field was set according to the provisions of the 2008 rulebook.

ON THOUGHTS FOR TOMORROW'S RACE:

"NASCAR has changed our truck series quite a bit, even though it might not look like it. With the 18-gallon fuel cell, it moves the tank up in the back and the can, so everyone is complaining that we are loose. It showed a little bit yesterday. It is amazing, Mike (Skinner, starting second) pulled off a lap yesterday in a qualifying run only three-tenths from what he ran here last year. We have an approved space plate we are supposed to use; still we are within about one-half a second of what we ran here before. I am really excited to see when the race starts, how this is going to play out. If it is going to be five or six of us pull away or we are going to be in a big pack, because I think Jeff Gordon said it best. These things really draft up good, if you see someone in front of you, these things really suck-up good. I think it took out about 70 horsepower. I thought we were going to come here and hold the thing wide open, because when we qualified here before, you were wide open. But now, we get here and you hold your breath to do it for two laps. It is going to exciting when the green flag drops because we really don't know what to expect."

ON WHAT TYPE OF RACING TO EXPECT HERE IN THE NCTS:

"Did you watch Daytona at all? If you watched in previous races there, we could run three wide comfortably lap after lap. This year, we couldn't run side-by-side. If you were on the top and came down to push somebody, you better know who they were. Mike was leading the race and just him, with nobody in front of him, I got Mike loose. We don't know what is doing it yet; I think NASCAR had a meeting today with all the manufacturers, so hopefully we can come up with something.

"But at my age, I can't be white-knuckled that much. I want to go out and drive comfortable."

ON PLANS FOR START OF RACE TOMORROW:

"I have Skinner starting on the outside of me and (Johnny) Benson behind me. Benson is going to go with Skinner. The lead will probably change three times before we get back to the start finish line, trust me. We are racers, we want to race. I don't think any of us are going to lay back in the first corner. We all want to get those five bonus points.

"If three or four of us pull away, then we come in and have a bad pit stop and end up back in the pack, we don't know what our trucks are going to do. Jack (Sprague, Hornaday's Kevin Harvick, Inc. teammate, starting near the back of field as a result of the field being set by the rule book) is already going to be able to make a change because he will know what his truck is doing in traffic. So he is going to be on top of the ball one stop before us."

ON FEELING LIKE HAD A TRUCK CAPABLE OF WINNING THE POLE:

"I thought I did. Last year, no I didn't. We qualified decent I think, sixth or eighth or whatever. I feel a lot better this year than I did last year against Skinner coming to these places. What did he win, 17 poles last year or something."

ON BEING FRUSTRATED AFTER DAYTONA:

"Well, Mike and I spotted everyone a few points this year. Last year, we pulled away and I think we beat them by 400 points or so. No matter, what NASCAR would have penalized anyway, just for the fun out of it, just to make a race out of it. (LOUD LAUGH).

"It is important to get going well, but it was out of our control what happen so we need to get back on track and go forward from here."

-credit: gm racing

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