BUSCH: Fontana II: Ron Hornaday preview

HORNADAY BRINGS SMITH & WESSON CHEVROLET TEAM HOME TO CALIFORNIA FOR SATURDAY'S AMERIQUEST 300 FONTANA, Calif. (Aug. 31, 2005) -- As far as Ron Hornaday is concerned, a little home cooking might be just the thing to help spur him and his ...

HORNADAY BRINGS SMITH & WESSON CHEVROLET TEAM HOME TO CALIFORNIA FOR SATURDAY'S AMERIQUEST 300

FONTANA, Calif. (Aug. 31, 2005) -- As far as Ron Hornaday is concerned, a little home cooking might be just the thing to help spur him and his #30 Smith & Wesson [AMEX: SWB] Chevrolet of SKI Motorsports teammates to their breakthrough event as the NASCAR Busch Series comes to the California Speedway 2-mile tri-oval for Saturday night's Ameriquest 300.

Hornaday, who hails from just up the road in Palmdale, cut his professional racing teeth on the NASCAR Southwest Tour and Winston West Series in the early 1990s. Since California Speedway opened for business in 1997, the two-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion has scored top-10 finishes in every Truck series event he's contested here, as well as another top-10 in six Busch series starts.

"This would be an ideal place to enjoy a really big result with my newfound family and friends from Smith & Wesson," said Hornaday, who's bringing the same SKI Motorsports Chevrolet to California Speedway that he qualified 25th at Atlanta back in March in his first outing with the first-year team. "We showed what this car can do at Atlanta, so the task at hand will be to put it solidly in the show once again, and then have a clean run from start to finish on Saturday night. We have what it takes to make that happen."

Saturday's race will be the third for Hornaday behind the wheel of the Smith & Wesson Racing machine, which is running a limited number of Busch series events in its inaugural season. Meanwhile, he is fourth in the Truck series championship chase as full-time driver of the #6 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Silverado of Kevin Harvick, Inc. His veteran driving influence is an essential ingredient in the recipe for success for the fledgling Smith & Wesson Racing program, under the direction of crew chief Jeff Spraker.

While Hornaday and Spraker take care of business on the track, Smith & Wesson continues to reach out to the NASCAR community, as well. In a program launched last May in Charlotte, for instance, the company, in partnership with the Department of Justice's Operation ChildSafe firearm safety program, has given away thousands of handgun safety locks and information packets at its trackside trailer, as it will do again here this weekend.

#30 SMITH & WESSON/SKI MOTORSPORTS CHEVROLET RACE NOTES

Saturday night's Ameriquest 300 is the sixth of eight races scheduled for the #30 Smith & Wesson/SKI Motorsports Chevrolet this season. Nextel Cup regular Scott Riggs debuted the car March 12 at Las Vegas, qualifying 30th and finishing 21st. The following weekend at Atlanta, two-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday, Jr., took over and qualified 25th before retiring after an opening-lap accident. At Charlotte May 28, Riggs outqualified seven competitors who ended up making the race, but missed it himself by a mere four 1,000ths of a second under NASCAR's new qualifying format. Mike Bliss drove July 1 at Daytona and was on his way to a top-10 finish when, on the next-to-last lap of the race, was tagged from behind in a multi-car wreck and ended up in the wall. Last weekend at Bristol, handling trouble proved to be too much to overcome for Hornaday in qualifying as he and the #30 racing machine missed making the race by seven 1,00ths of a second despite outqualifying four series regulars who did start. The remaining races of 2005: Texas (Nov. 5) and Phoenix (Nov. 12).

Saturday night's race will be the seventh career Busch start at Fontana for Hornaday. His best finish was 10th after qualifying third in 2003. He has top-10 finishes in all four Truck series starts here dating back to 1997.

Continuing its ongoing efforts in support of the Department of Justice's Project ChildSafe gun safety outreach program initiated at Charlotte in May, Smith & Wesson will be giving away free handgun safety locks this weekend at the Smith & Wesson Trackside Trailer.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Scott Riggs , Mike Bliss , Jeff Spraker