BUSCH: Richmond: Ron Hornaday preview

Hornaday feels "battle tested" for Richmond night race. * Ron Hornaday and the No. 2 ACDelco Chevrolet head into Richmond International Raceway (RIR) with another top-10 finish in the books. Hornaday ran in the top-five during the late ...

Hornaday feels "battle tested" for Richmond night race.

* Ron Hornaday and the No. 2 ACDelco Chevrolet head into Richmond International Raceway (RIR) with another top-10 finish in the books. Hornaday ran in the top-five during the late stages of the NASCAR Busch Series event at California Speedway last weekend, but got shuffled back to 10th after being blocked on the final restart. The finish was Hornaday's fourth top-10 of the season. Hornaday remains second in points, just 99 points out of first.

* Despite not testing at all during the first nine races, Hornaday changed that pattern for the race in Richmond, VA. Hornaday participated in a two-day test at RIR on April 15-16 and was one of the fastest Busch Series cars in attendance. The ACDelco team tested both a standard chassis and a drop-snout car. Both seemed to perform extremely well, which promoted the team to test the "drop" car at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C. on April 29. Based on the testing results from those two tracks, Hornaday has elected to run the standard car, chassis 028 on Friday night. It is the first time that the ACDelco/RCR team has run the car this year.

No. 2 ACDelco Chevrolet driver Ron Hornaday on Richmond International Raceway

What's the key to running well at Richmond International Raceway?

"The biggest key is getting off the corners. In the past, I think I have driven the corners too deep. When you do that, you have to get hard on the brakes to get the car to set and it hurts you getting off. I have since tried to get in easy, so I can use all of the RCR motor off. It works well in practice and testing, but once you start racing and you're in traffic, you do what you need to do to get the position."

Do you enjoy night racing?

"I love night racing.  I'd say every driver prefers to race at night,
because that is what we grew up doing.  It just looks so much different and
it really adds something for the fans.  The flames and sparks are very
visible.  My favorite part is on the pace laps when the flash bulbs are
going off.  From where I'm at in the car, it's an awesome sight!"

-rcr/acdelco-

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Ron Hornaday Jr.