Milwaukee: Ron Hornaday preview

Huntersville, N.C. (June 21, 2005) -- It would be an understatement to say that Ron Hornaday has had success racing at the Milwaukee Mile. In his last ten NASCAR starts running at the one mile oval the recently turned 47 year old veteran has ...

Huntersville, N.C. (June 21, 2005) -- It would be an understatement to say that Ron Hornaday has had success racing at the Milwaukee Mile. In his last ten NASCAR starts running at the one mile oval the recently turned 47 year old veteran has finished no worse than 10th and has won twice. Needless to say expectations are high for this weekend's Milwaukee 200.

"Milwaukee, (Wisc.), is one of my best tracks," said Hornaday. "We have run well there in the past and I want to continue doing so this weekend. Our team is in a position where we need a strong finish and we feel that this is a place that we can get it done. I have had some track time already last week testing a Busch car, which I feel can only be to my advantage this weekend."

In the span of three races, team GM Goodwrench feels as though they have given away two wins, while misfortune has hurt them in another. This is a great opportunity for them to regain confidence and get the program back on track. Last weekend in Michigan a 30th place finish cost them a big hit in points and this team with aspirations of a championship knows that the best cure for that is victory lane.

"We are in a position to win this weekend," explained crew chief Wally Rogers. "We need it right now. It is so hard to win a race in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) that you have to take advantage when the opportunity is there. We have let too many slide this season and we have to get it going again. I have these guys prepared for a nice run and Milwaukee is like the beginning of a new season for us."

Points of Interest...

* Off the Hauler...Team GM Goodwrench will take chassis No. 007 to the Milwaukee Mile this weekend. This is the second time that the team has run 007 this season. They took it to St. Louis where the team finished 30th after having engine troubles.

* Track Stat... Hornaday has finished no worse than 10th in his last 10 NASCAR starts at the Milwaukee Mile. In his five NCTS starts he has four top-5 finishes and five top-10s. He has one win in the NCTS and is the defending race winner from last year's Busch race.

* Double Duty... In addition to driving the No. 6 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet on Friday night, Hornaday will also be driving the No. 32 Winfuel Chevrolet in Saturday's Busch race.

* NCTS Points...After 10 races in the 2005 season, Hornaday sits fifth in points, with one win, two top-fives and three top-10 finishes. Hornaday now sits 101 markers out of first.

* Start time...Friday evenings Milwaukee 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 the Milwaukee Mile...

Talk about Milwaukee.

"The famous Milwaukee Mile. What a classic track. It is a throw back to the style of tracks that popped up all over the Midwest when racing was really taking off. It's a flat one-mile oval with really long corners. You spend almost as much time in the corners as you do on the straights. The key to Milwaukee is getting the car to stick on the bottom, and then you need the patience to wait to get back on the gas until the car has rotated through the center. A lot of drivers get back in too quickly and that will make the car push, which really hurts you off the corners. This year racing in Milwaukee will be different than in years past. With the added lights and the race being at night there should be electricity in the air and one heck of a show for the fans."

Are you the favorite heading into this week's race?

"I hope so. Actually I would like to think that our GM Goodwrench team is the favorite heading into every race. I got some track time last week that might give me an advantage, but really I have had track time there for several years. I would like to think that I am pretty comfortable racing in Milwaukee and I am looking to have a good run."

Talk about your relationship with your crew chief (Wally Rogers) and how that helps heading to Milwaukee this weekend.

"Wally and I have a great relationship. He trusts me and I trust him and that chemistry is what has been making us run so well this season. He and I are dedicated to the same goal of winning the championship this year and he has our team believing that we can get it done. He is so cool and stays calm at all times and I just have the greatest respect for that. Several times this year we have started out not running so great and he asked me what is going on and I try to explain it to him. It is like we just click. I tell him what is happening and he fixes it and that just gives me confidence in him and on the track. He is the backbone to this team and there is no one involved with us that would tell you anything differently than that. It is that type of relationship that helps every weekend and he is the one that is going to take this team to the top."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ron Hornaday Jr.