Like Father, Like Son Huntersville, N.C. (September 6, 2005) -- Ron Hornaday has a lot going on this weekend in Richmond, Va. Driving his motorhome roughly 300 miles north from his hometown of Mooresville, NC, to the racetrack is only the ...
Like Father, Like Son
Huntersville, N.C. (September 6, 2005) -- Ron Hornaday has a lot going on this weekend in Richmond, Va. Driving his motorhome roughly 300 miles north from his hometown of Mooresville, NC, to the racetrack is only the beginning. He will then play host to family, fans, and friends as he prepares to drive in two races over the next few days. He will also have the responsibility of autograph sessions, suite appearances, and sponsor relations. With his schedule full, will he still have time to act as a mentor and father as his son Ronnie Hornaday attempts to qualify and race in Thursday night's 200-lap NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) event?
"Ronnie knows what he has to do," says Hornaday. "We have raced together a few times in the past, but this may be one of his best opportunities. He will be in good equipment and have good people working with him. Of course I will be there to offer any help that he may need, but only if he wants it. Because it is Richmond there will be a lot of trucks trying to make the race, but I am confident that he will be able to get it done."
This won't be Ronnie's first time racing in the NCTS, nor will it be his first time racing against his father. What it will be is the first time that they are legitimately competing against one another. In the past the elder Hornaday has been the owner of his son's truck when they have been on the track together. This time Ronnie will be driving for Ultra Motorsports, and his dad will be driving for his GM Goodwrench-sponsored Kevin Harvick Inc. team. Although Hornaday would like to see his son run well, his number one priority is still getting his No. 6 Chevrolet Silverado to victory lane.
"I hope all the best for Ronnie," adds the two-time NCTS champion. "He has earned and deserves this opportunity. However, my team needs a win. He will get no special treatment from me. I can help him all he wants up until race time, but then it will be time for me to go. Right now he has to concentrate on getting into the show, while we have to concentrate on getting our truck as good as it can be come race time. We are on the outside looking in on the points race, so all we can do is focus on getting to victory lane. But, if I can't win, it would be awesome to celebrate with him if he did. I think we will be celebrating something Thursday night."
Points of Interest...
* Off the Hauler...Team GM Goodwrench will take chassis No. 003 to the Old Dominion State this Thursday night. This truck last ran at Mansfield, Ohio and has a best finish of third at Martinsville Speedway earlier in the season.
* New Paint Scheme... Hornaday's GM Goodwrench truck will have a different paint scheme for the up-coming race in Richmond. As part of the Chevrolet Rock and Roll weekend the No. 6 Chevrolet Silverado will feature pop-band Los Lonely Boys on the hood.
* Track Stat... Hornaday has five NCTS starts at Richmond International Raceway. He won the pole once, and has finished second twice. He has led 13 laps while racing at the 0.75-mile track.
* NCTS Points...After 17 races in the 2005 season, Hornaday sits fourth in points with one win, five top-five and seven top-10 finishes. Hornaday sits 261 markers behind point's leader Dennis Setzer.
* Start time...Thursday evening's Cheerios Betty Crocker 200 is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. EDT. TV coverage of the event on SPEED Channel begins at 8:00 p.m., 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 Richmond International Raceway...
What do you think about racing at Richmond?
"This is a really big race for our team. We need a win, but more importantly we need a mistake free run that we can build some momentum around. Richmond is like Bristol in that you have to remain patient if you want to finish the race. Otherwise you can get yourself in a lot of trouble."
Do you prefer the night races?
"I really enjoy racing at night. When the lights are on emotions tend to light up as well. Richmond will be no exception. There is extra energy in the air and when the race track lights up with sparks off the trucks, the fans will really get into it. I think that just adds to the excitement and creates a better show."
Tony Stewart will be your teammate this weekend during the truck race. Is there an advantage to that?
"It will be nice to know that there is one person on the track that has an incentive to not take me out. On the other hand everyone knows what Tony can do on a racetrack. Having someone like him run in our series only makes the race more interesting and the competition stronger."