WATKINS GLEN, NY (August 9, 2000) - Ron Hornaday will drive the ...
WATKINS GLEN, NY (August 9, 2000) - Ron Hornaday will drive the #5 Kellogg's Chevrolet in place of NASCAR Winston Cup "iron man" Terry Labonte for this weekend's Global Crossing @ The Glen. Labonte will sit out his second consecutive race after sustaining injuries in an accident at Daytona International Speedway last month.
Hornaday trails fellow NASCAR Busch Series rookie Kevin Harvick by two points in the rookie-of-the-year standings. He has won two races this season, Nazareth's Econo Lodge 200 and last weekend's Kroger 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Hornaday spent most of the day in the top 10 in the Lysol 200 at Watkins Glen in June before a mechanical failure ended his day.
Hornaday also competed in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for five years for Dale Earnhardt Inc., winning two Series championships. He holds NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series records for road course wins (3), poles (3) and laps lead (264). This year, Hornaday's NAPA-sponsored crew moved over to the NASCAR Busch Series.
"We very excited to have this opportunity to run in the Winston Cup Series," Hornaday said. "I wish things were different, that I could compete against Terry instead of replacing him. I hope he gets back in car soon. I'm just going up to The Glen and I will try to get the team a good top 10, top 5 run. I ran well there in June in the Busch car, so I think I my experience will pay off."
Labonte practiced late last Friday afternoon at Indianapolis, but he decided not to compete in the Brickyard 400 and the Global Crossing @ The Glen. He plans to return next weekend for the Pepsi 400 presented by Meijer at Michigan Speedway. Labonte's record streak of 655 consecutive Winston Cup starts was snapped last weekend.
Other changes to Sunday's lineup include Tom Hubert, who will fill in for Jeremy Mayfield, in No. 12 Mobil Ford Tarus. Mayfield suffered a concussion during practice last week at Indianapolis. NASCAR Busch Series regular Todd Bodine landed sponsorship for a one race deal this weekend and will compete in the No. 34 I Love NY Chevrolet. Road course ace Ron Fellows will drive the No. 87 Bully Hill Vineyards Chevrolet owned by Joe Nemechek and Boris Said will pilot the No. 23 Ford (sponsor TBD) owned by Jimmy Spencer.
Tickets for the Global Crossing @ The Glen are available. For ticket, camping and other information, contact the Watkins Glen Ticket office at 607-535-2481 or log on to www.theglen.com. Tickets are also now available at all participating Tops Friendly Markets tickets.com outlets.