RON HORNADAY, DRIVER OF THE NO. 6 GM GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET SILVERADO, MEDIA CENTER QUESTION AND ANSWER. To date this season, Ron has one win; five top-fives; eight top-10s and one pole. He is third in points, 193 behind the leader. He has one...
RON HORNADAY, DRIVER OF THE NO. 6 GM GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET SILVERADO, MEDIA CENTER QUESTION AND ANSWER.
To date this season, Ron has one win; five top-fives; eight top-10s and one pole. He is third in points, 193 behind the leader. He has one win at NHIS, 1996, and two top-10 finishes.
"The win I got here in 1996 was pretty cool actually. Joe Ruttman and Jack (Sprague) were racing hard on the last lap and what ever happened there in turn three with those guys played out for s to get the checkered flag. We didn't even lead a lap, I think I won it coming off turn four there for the checkered flag.
"I lost a race this year by that much and I won one here that way so you can't be disappointed. That is the way this NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is and why it is so tough.
"It is fun to be back racing with Sprague and Skinner (Mike). The fenders stick out so far on these things now we can't rub each other like we did in the old days but we can still bump each other around in the tail now and then. Racing with them, Ted Musgrave, Bobby Hamilton and others, when you take the green flag, there are 20 trucks that can race for the win. When we started racing trucks in '95, there were only five trucks that could win a race, now look at it. It is a lot of fun to be here, it is still fun to run in the back of Jack and watch his eyes light up and turn red, so it is pretty cool.
TALK ABOUT YOUR SEASON SO FAR THIS YEAR, YOU ARE, WHAT, ABOUT 200 OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP LEADER.
"I think is it a little closer than that right now, we are third in points. We have been running really well, but just haven't put it together to get another win quite yet. We have been having just little stupid things happen but this is our turn around point right here at Loudon. We have seven races left and Skinner has turned up the wick a little bit with two wins in a row. We are just going to take our GM Goodwrench Silverado and turn the wick up too.
"Skinner finally woke up or fell out of bed on the right side or something (SAID IN JEST). Seriously, that team has been really good; I think they found something in their bodies because their motors have always been good. It took them a while to catch up to the Chevrolets but, they finally caught up and Mike's the guy behind the wheel making it happen. He gave one away at Lowe's Motor Speedway; we saw that happen, now he has put it all together and won two in a row. He is going to be a tough one to beat the rest of this year.
WHY DO YOU THINK YOU RUN SO WELL HERE?
"This is just a fun place to run. The Bahre Family are awesome people. The track has multi-grooves to race; you can get underneath someone here. The fans here are just totally cool. I watched the Truck race here last year, I wasn't in it but I watched it, and none of those fans left. I don't know how they were watching anything because it was so dark the last part of the race, but they stayed. I was just talking to Wayne Auton (NCTS Director) and we discussed that when we go road course racing we have to have windshield wipers and a tail light, so he needs to make a rule that when we come to Loudon, we have to have headlights."
WHAT IS IT LIKE DRIVING FOR KEVIN HARVICK?
SAID JOKINGLY - "DeLana is pretty cool but Kevin is a little moody now and then-no no not really. It has been great. They have given me all the equipment and all the people we need to win races and win championships. It is our own fault we haven't won more races, but each week we are in contention. They have done an awesome job. They have only owned a full-time Truck team and a brand new team in the Busch Series running different drivers as they have done a tremendous job. I just want to thank them for the opportunity to drive the No. 6 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Silverado.
WHAT ARE THE PLANS FOR THE TEAM NEXT YEAR?
"Kevin says things a looking good for us and I have a job next year. But as of Wednesday, I don't know anything for sure."
WHAT ARE THE PLANS FOR YOUR SON TO RACE MORE TRUCK RACES?
"My son, Ron, has been offered a chance to run a couple of races. They tested up here but aren't running him here. At Richmond, they tried to make probably the hardest race of the year. I qualified 25th, only two tenths slower than the pole. So that was a tough place to go to for your first race after not having been in a truck for a couple of years. They tested at Las Vegas and I think he is going to get to run there. That team is going for the championship too, and the points are so close right now, Ron's program has been set back on the back burner. They do definitely have some races in the works for him."