Charlotte: Winning team interview

RON HORNADAY, JR AND RICK REN, CREW CHIEF, NO. 33 LONGHORN SILVERADO, RACE WINNER: TALK ABOUT THE WIN OUT THERE TONIGHT, YOU HAVE TO BE PLEASED TO GET BACK IN VICTORY LANE TONIGHT. HORNADAY: "Unbelievable what it takes for I'm not going to ...

RON HORNADAY, JR AND RICK REN, CREW CHIEF, NO. 33 LONGHORN SILVERADO, RACE WINNER:

TALK ABOUT THE WIN OUT THERE TONIGHT, YOU HAVE TO BE PLEASED TO GET BACK IN VICTORY LANE TONIGHT.

HORNADAY:
"Unbelievable what it takes for I'm not going to say teamwork. All the support from every sponsor we got and you guys can look it up, there's a lot of them. Just what Rick Ren, Cale Gale and everybody working on the seven post this was probably the first set of shocks that I ever changes my driving style to. I don't know how it worked out. Mark Smith has been working real hard on the motor deal and we had a pretty good truck. We took the consequences and then that yellow came out. I think Rowdy (Kyle) Busch seen that one and I don't know. I heard the No. 6 and the No. 51 made contact and that set it up where we were tail end of the lead lap and it worked out pretty good for us."

TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE CALLS AND SOME OF THE STRATEGY THAT UNFOLDED OUT THERE TONIGHT FOR YOUR NO. 33 TRUCK.

REN:
"You know the whole things is we're the same as all the others clean air was really big and we kind of had the truck too tight early in the race and Ron couldn't get out front. When we got the No. 5 and the No. 30 sitting in the garage you don't want to take a chance of running out of fuel so I figured about a lap conservative and just about the time we were putting the gas cans in the caution comes out. So here you go we were down a lap. We actually got luck for once and caught a break two laps later. I think it was like lap 96 that caution came out and put us back on the lead lap. We had good tires on and had made a major adjustment to that set of tires because Ron was like really tight. You know the rest of it just worked out really good. I just missed it a little bit today. I mean our truck was really fast in practice but I think we tuned our truck in clean air today and Ron talked about it was probably going to be tight tonight in traffic and I think it was tighter than I anticipated."

KYLE BUSCH WAS IN HERE COMPLAINING IF YOU WILL THAT THE CHEVROLETS HAVE MORE OF AN ADVANATAGE OVER THE TOYOTAS.

HORNADAY:
"Then why did he go by me on the back straightaway like I was standing still. It just all depends on how the run gets and all that stuff. He can whine all he wants, that's good he needs to. He set his truck up free and I set my truck up. I've lost four or five races to Kyle Busch with him putting tires on toward the end and he was the fastest truck for short runs with a big lead and I couldn't catch him. Rick Ren and I talked about it and if we could get out front we've got to stretch the lead as far as we can and let them play make up on us. They're okay, he's down horsepower so we won and he finished second.

"We'll find out when we go to Michigan because I'm sure NASCAR will take all the motors again and dyno them like they always do."

DID YOU GIVE MUCH THOUGHT ABOUT THE SITUATION OF YOUR OTHER TOP COMPETITIORS WITH (MIKE) SKINNER AND (TODD) BODINE?

HORNADAY:
"I don't like doing the points that way. I was more concerned about Skinner's safety. I heard he got upside down. Rick Carelli my spotter told me he got out and my wife ran down to the infield care center to make sure he was alright. I hate Mike Skinner on the race track but I love him as a brother outside of it. You don't want to see anybody get hurt. Going this fast at Lowe's and having him, I didn't actually see the wreck but I heard he got upside down and I seen him getting loose underneath the No. 13 and I got by it pretty clean. You hate to see that like that. Mike is going to be a tough competitor. He's going to come back from this one. Yeah, I capitalize on all of it. I figure if I can run in the top-five tonight and those guys have problems we'll be pretty good. But we're going to the stretch of five or six races in a row and this is going to see who is going to run for the points."

I HEARD YOU MAKE A LITTLE COMMENT IN THE POST-RACE INTERVIEW ABOUT THE COMPLEXITY OF THE RULES AS THEY ARE NOW, IS THE WAY THE RULES HAVE CHANGES CAUSING YOUR PIT CREWS TO HAVE TO THINK A LITTLE HARDER AND MAYBE SLOWING DOWN YOUR PIT STOPS A LITTLE BIT?

HORNADAY:
"They don't have to think any more it's just we have to think of what everybody else is going to do. Whatever we do they're going to do the opposite or vice versa. Whoever is leading the race is going to do the opposite. The No. 14 got up there and put no tires on and we put tires on. It's just a pit strategy. I mean when I started the truck series when it first started in 1995 with had no pit stops. Then we had half-way breaks and then we had two tires. It's just another rule that NASCAR has made but we're going to have to learn how to do it. Rick Ren and I have been working really hard on it and he tried to tell me we were going to do two tires today and I told him we were going to put four on. So we don't' know what we're going to do. We're just going to have to drive as fast as we can and they keep giving me fast trucks at KHI after we unload and if you put four tires on it we'll finish fourth, fifth and win races like we did tonight. We're gonna have to do what we always do."

WHEN SO MUCH TROUBLE IS LERKING, IT SEEMS LIKE EVERY GUY WHO GETS THE LEAD HAS SOMETHING HAPPEN, WHAT IF ANYTHING DOES THAT DO TO YOUR PSYCHE IF ANYTHING?

HORNADAY:
"I really don't look at it that way. I don't know. Nothing, it's just racing."

DID YOU FEEL LIKE THAT YOU HAD A WINNING TRUCK TONIGHT OR A TOP-FIVE TRUCK?

HORNADAY:
"I had a third-place truck all night. We were as fast as the No. 6 but I caught him and he ran the line I did. If he had stayed in the half-way groove I would have passed him but he's got a great spotter. He told him where I was running at and he came down on me and it was too late in the run because I was overdriving my truck getting in the corner where when he pulled down I just made the truck air tight for a couple of laps and I lost my front tires. We were just as fast as everybody else but air played a bunch tonight on these tires. It's a whole different tire than what we've ever run. I think Rick said they run them in the Nationwide race and Ernie (Cope) and him went over a lot of notes and what they do over there. That's why both trucks unloaded as good as they did."

DO YOU THINK THAT YOU'VE BEEN CLOSE SO FAR THIS SEASON WITH THE WAY YOU RUN? IS THIS INDICATIVE WITH HOW YOUR REASON HAS RUN SO FAR OR IS IT KIND OF ANOTHER STEP FORWARD?

HORNADAY:
"Rick can answer it too, we've given two away. One with the rain delay that would be the last one. We probably had the fastest truck there and that didn't matter. Wherever we came out of the pits we could pass them and we were pretty good. Skinner thought he had the best truck and it would have come down to the end and probably beating and banging who knows. We had a pretty good truck. The next one was Atlanta I guess. We come out and some of those guys didn't put tires on, we had the air pressure pretty low and we just didn't get a good start and we had to finish in seventh or eighth.

REN:
"I feel good about our consistency has been a little better this year. We've been able to run up front at every race. I kind of messed up a couple races early in the year trying to figure out this new pit deal. It seems like they're playing the game like Ron said. If we race like we've raced all the years that we've raced you're not going to win the race. You have to figure out how to play the pit game a little bit different. So I had to figure that out. Our trucks have been good and the guys have been good. We've done a lot of work on the chassis dyno, a lot of work in the wind tunnel. We've been going to the seven post. We're just trying to move our program, the whole KHI program up one more notch because if you sit on your hands all winter somebody else is going to driver right by you so you've got to keep working. We've been fast so that's where we want to leave it."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Skinner , Rick Carelli , Cale Gale , Kyle Busch