RON HORNADAY Eyes on the Prize in Nashville Huntersville, N.C. (August 9, 2005)- If you were to ask Ron Hornaday why he races week in and week out, he wouldn't tell you that it was for the money. He wouldn't bring up the fame and recognition...
Eyes on the Prize in Nashville
Huntersville, N.C. (August 9, 2005)- If you were to ask Ron Hornaday why he races week in and week out, he wouldn't tell you that it was for the money. He wouldn't bring up the fame and recognition or the travel. He probably wouldn't even bring up the speed and adrenaline. He would tell you that it was for the trophies; or as Hornaday likes to call them, "the souvenirs." Understanding that fact about the two-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) champion makes it easy to see why Saturday's race at Nashville Superspeedway is so important to him.
"I would really love to get my hands on the guitar that they give out to the winner," explained a smiling Hornaday. "That would be a really nice addition to my collection. I have been close to winning one and that just makes me want it more. The guitar represents everything that Nashville stands for and that makes it more valuable than any paycheck. Everyone wants to win that thing and I would be very proud to have one sitting alongside my other souvenirs."
You can't blame a 27-time NCTS winner for getting more excited about the trophy than the paycheck. Just a few weeks ago Hornaday was a straightaway away from winning in Memphis Tenn., before a miscue cost him the win. Afterwards a clearly frustrated Hornaday was most upset about not getting to take home their newly formed commemorative Elvis trophy. The trophy was a limited edition and the Palmdale Calif., native knows you only get a few chances at winning a piece of history. Winning a Gibson guitar in Nashville would certainly help ease the pain.
"When we were in Memphis I really wanted that bronze Elvis. Not only for myself, but for my wife Lindy who loves Elvis. I almost had it, but came up just short. I hope this weekend I can bring home something that symbolizes Tennessee and a Gibson guitar would be just awesome. Our team needs a win so badly this weekend and I hope that I can help get it for them. We keep getting so close only to come up a little short. I can't play the guitar, but I will definitely try if we can get the No. 6 truck to victory lane."
Points of Interest...
* Off the Hauler...Team GM Goodwrench will take chassis No. 008 to the Volunteer State this weekend. This truck last ran at Texas Motor Speedway and has a best finish of fourth at Dover earlier in the season.
* Track Stat... Hornaday has never run in the NCTS at Nashville Superspeedway, but he has seven starts in the NASCAR Busch Series at the 1.333 mile oval. His best finish was fifth in 2004 in the No. 2 ACDelco ride.
* Milestones... Last week's third place finish was Hornaday's 100th top-10 finish racing in the NCTS. It was also his 70th top-five finish in the NCTS.
* NCTS Points...After 15 races in the 2005 season, Hornaday sits fourth in points, with one win, five top-five and seven top-10 finishes. Hornaday sits 273 markers behind point's leader Dennis Setzer.
* Start time...Saturday afternoon's Nashville 200 is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. EDT. TV coverage of the event on SPEED Channel begins at 5:00 pm., with live radio coverage also beginning at 5:00 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 Nashville Superspeedway...
What do you think about Nashville Superspeedway?
"Nashville is a top-notch facility and the track management does a great job. The fans are awesome and I really love being there. Nashville is a great show and we look forward to keeping the fans entertained. They offer one of the most prized trophies and I really hope that I will be taking that guitar home with me."
Has the No. 46 made this championship a race for second place?
"That team can do no wrong right now and I am always for a fellow Chevrolet team to be doing well. The championship is theirs to lose. If they keep running like they have been, it is going to be near impossible for anyone to catch up to them. Right now the only way back in the race is for the No. 46 team to slip up. They have some room to slip up so actually it is going to take a few mistakes on their part. All we can do is go out and run the best that we can. We have a few wins left this year with our name on them and we still plan on getting to victory lane."
Any bad blood leftover from you and Jimmy Spencer's run-in last week?
"I hope not. Jimmy and I are buddies and we have talked it out since last week. That is how both of us race and sometimes those things happen. I felt so bad afterwards and I know that Jimmy knew that I was really sorry for causing him any trouble. My son is on his team and he knows that I would never intentionally cause his team any harm. I have moved passed it and I know that Jimmy has moved on as well."