Martinsville: Hornaday post-race interview

RON HORNADAY, NO. 6 GM GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 11TH, FINISHED 3RD: MEDIA CENTER POST RACE PRESS CONFERENCE: THAT WAS AN EXCITING RACE: "When you come down to Martinsville, it's moving people out of the way and things like...

RON HORNADAY, NO. 6 GM GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 11TH, FINISHED 3RD: MEDIA CENTER POST RACE PRESS CONFERENCE:

THAT WAS AN EXCITING RACE:

"When you come down to Martinsville, it's moving people out of the way and things like that. I got into the #2 truck early at the end of it and I definitely did not need to get into him and it tore the right side of the truck up. You think when you get down.you knew Bobby Labonte, toward the end of that race, was going to guard the bottom. I figured the 99 was going to guard the bottom. The 47 was going to guard the bottom, I'm going to go to the outside. So I was hoping that I got the 99 run into the 47 and get a run on them off the corner, and it almost worked. I was hoping I got Ricky a little impatient to get in the back of Bobby and I was just really tight up off the corner. The guys adjusted all day on it. As we rolled in the corner better than anybody, got to the middle, I just couldn't get on the gas like everybody else so I need to be a little freer.

IS THERE ANY TIME IN YOUR CAREER WITH TRUCKS THAT YOU'VE USED THAT STRATEGY?

"Oh, definitely. I look at my record, I think I won four or five of them anyway going out there. It was against Jack Sprague and David Reutimann. Same thing: I went to the outside, those two touch each other and went on to win the race. At Martinsville, the deal with this race is, you're setting your goals for next week. The next time you come here, because we come here twice. It makes it tough if you go out there and beat and bang them out of the way. It's the same thing when you get back."

THE FANS REALLY GET INTO GM GOODWRENCH

"It does and Dale's definitely put them on the map. With Dale hiring me and me in the GM Goodwrench truck-I chased that thing around forever. Silverado, the backing we're getting.it runs good. Wally and the guys, I'm just now along for the ride. This is awesome to know that any given race I can go out there and win it. They give me great equipment and I've got to thank Kevin Delaney, they've done an awesome job with it. I thank the shop and thank Dale for giving me that first phone call and Teresa for getting me down here to even give me the chance to drive trucks. I'm proud to wear the honor of GM Goodwrench."

ARE YOUR CHANCES BETTER AT A SHORT TRACK AS OPPOSED TO A SUPERSPEEDWAY?

"I've always enjoyed the tracks I've won at and I've never thought about winning at Altanta. I've won there in an ARCA car. To go there in a truck and say that you can flat foot that thing for 30 laps.oh my gosh you're going so fast. What NASCAR has done with the Craftsman Truck Series in 10 years.it's amazing. I enjoy it right now about every race track we go to because of what NASCAR has done with these trucks, the crew chiefs, all the manufacturers. These are fun to drive. These are a blast. It's a longer wheelbase, they're not as twitchy as a Busch car. They're sort of more similar to a Cup car but we push more air where it makes the racing a lot better because of the drafting. And when you go to Michigan, Atlanta, stuff like that.Charlotte is going to be a fast race. I heard they just ground that and tire tested. It's going to be flat footed. I enjoy.the trucks are made, this is where they made the tough trucks at a short track like Martinsville, beating and banging and tough drivers. We're taking it to different venues now and I enjoy all of them right now."

-gm racing-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Jack Sprague , David Reutimann