Memphis: Ron Hornaday preview

RON HORNADAY Looking to Repeat Past Success in Memphis Huntersville, N.C. (July 19, 2005) -- If you ask Ron Hornaday what race tracks are his favorite you will most likely get his stock answer to that question. "The tracks where I have won,"...

RON HORNADAY
Looking to Repeat Past Success in Memphis

Huntersville, N.C. (July 19, 2005) -- If you ask Ron Hornaday what race tracks are his favorite you will most likely get his stock answer to that question. "The tracks where I have won," he will say with a smile. With that mind set, this weekend should be a lot of fun for the 47-year old NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) veteran. His record at the 0.75 mile tri-oval located in Millington, TN speaks for itself, but what he most remembers is going to victory lane in 1998.

"There is just something about going back to a place that has such a good memory connected to it," said the two-time NCTS champion. I can't wait to get back on the track in Memphis. I know what it feels like to win there and I want my team to have a chance to experience that feeling this weekend. There are a lot of young guys on our team and it would be awesome to start making some memories of their own. I can promise Memphis is a good place to remember."

Besides winning, Hornaday has also posted some pretty impressive stats in both the NCTS and NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) racing at Memphis Motorsports Park. In four starts in a Busch car he has three top-10 finishes and two top-five finishes. In his only other start there, racing in a truck, he finished sixth, but he felt like that one got away from him.

"In 1998 when I won in Memphis we cut a tire, went a lap down, and still managed to get back out front and win the race," explained Hornaday. "The next year we cut two tires, went two laps down, and still managed to pull out a top-10. I know we could have won that race if we weren't playing catch-up all afternoon. This year I will be back with a team that can give me a truck capable of winning this race. If all goes like we have planned then we will be celebrating Saturday night."

Points of Interest...

* Off the Hauler...Team GM Goodwrench will take chassis No. 008 to the Volunteer State this weekend. This is the favorite truck of crew chief Wally Rogers. It has run twice this season with a best finish of fourth at Dover International Speedway.

* Track Stat... Hornaday has six NASCAR starts at Memphis Motorsports Park. Four of his races have come in a Busch car and two in a truck. His NBS record consists of three top-10 finishes and two top-five finishes while his NCTS record consists of one win and one sixth place finish.

* NCTS Points...After 13 races in the 2005 season, Hornaday sits fourth in points, with one win, four top-five and six top-10 finishes. Hornaday sits 198 markers behind point's leader Dennis Setzer.

* Start time...Saturday evening's O'Reilly 200 is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. EDT. TV coverage of the event on SPEED Channel begins at 8:00 pm., with live radio coverage also beginning at 8:00 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 Memphis Motorsports Park...

What do you think about Memphis Motorsports Park?

"Memphis is a fun place to race. The fans really come out for the race and we always seem to put on a good show at the short track. It is hard to pass, but you can get it done with a good run and a little bit of patience. There will certainly be a little beating and banging as well Saturday night, but that just adds to the excitement. As long as everyone is smart out there on the track it will most definitely be an exciting night."

After the longest stretch of the NCTS season, was it nice to have a weekend off?

"Honestly, I would prefer racing every weekend and wish we didn't have so much time off. I would love it if NASCAR would increase our schedule. This past weekend I took the extra time to mix things up a little bit. I ran a modified race at Slinger Speedway in Milwaukee which was a lot of fun. It didn't turn out exactly how I wanted it to, but I was able to race. That held me over, but I still can't wait to get back on the track."

Can your GM Goodwrench team get things headed in the right direction this weekend?

"Of course we can. Actually things have been going right all year until last weekend. That was the first race that I felt like we struggled. Our other problems have just been unfortunate and you can't control bad luck. We have a good bit of ground to make up, but it is not impossible. There are plenty of races left to get it done. We just have to make sure to stay focused on our team's performance and not worry about what the other teams are doing. We can only control our team and if we do our jobs like we are capable of doing, everything else will take care of itself."

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