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RON HORNADAY Looking at the Big Picture Huntersville, NC, (February 22, 2005) - Last week in Daytona Beach, Fla., the GM Goodwrench team had high expectations for the No. 6 Chevrolet Silverado. Unfortunately, an...

Looking at the Big Picture

Huntersville, NC, (February 22, 2005) - Last week in Daytona Beach, Fla., the GM Goodwrench team had high expectations for the No. 6 Chevrolet Silverado. Unfortunately, an accident about half-way through the race cost Ron Hornaday a chance at the checkered flag. This week the team looks to build on the positives of last weeks events.

"I can't wait to get back on the race track," Hornaday exclaimed. "Last week we ran so well and we were having so much fun, I hate that we were not competitive at the end. We learned a lot. We have a good truck, and a team that wants to win a championship. We are looking to build on our early race success from last week."

Last Friday night the GM Goodwrench crew saw Hornaday start 27th but quickly work his way to the front of the pack. At one point he was the race leader so the team knows that if they can stay out of trouble they have a truck capable of winning. Another encouraging sign was the way the team responded after the No. 6 Chevy Silverado was severely damaged in multi-car accident on lap 39 of the Florida Dodge Dealers 250. Most teams would have called it a night, but hard work got Hornaday back on the track enabling him to pick up nine positions

"We are ready to get to California to prove what we can do," said Hornaday when asked about last week's accident. "We have put that in the past and are looking at the big picture. The team has been working hard to have us prepared for this race. We are looking to gain positions in the points and taking the Chevrolet Silverado to victory lane."

Points of Interest.

* Hometown Hero. Hornaday is a native of California and had a race shop called Victory Circle Race Cars a little over an hour away from California Speedway. He made quite a name for himself as a second generation racer on the West Coast. He has won track championships at Saugus Speedway in Southern California and is a two-time NASCAR Southwest Tour Champion.

* Leading Man. Last week Hornaday led the Florida Dodge Dealers 250 for four laps. This occurred after most teams came into pit under green, but Hornaday stayed out at the request of his crew chief Wally Rogers. The strategy paid off as the caution came out two laps later and he was able to pit under yellow.

* Leading Lady. Hornaday met his wife Lindy while living in California. Lindy's father, "Wild" Bill Foster, was a short track racer as was Ron's. In fact Lindy's father was the main rival of Hornaday Sr., leading to some interesting dinner table conversations.

* In the Hauler. Team GM Goodwrench will be bringing chassis No. 004 to race at California Speedway for this weekend's 200 mile race. No. 004 Ran 5 races last season with a best finish of third at Bristol Motor Speedway.

* TV and Radio. Start time for Friday night's American Racing Wheels 200 is 9:15 p.m. EDT. TV coverage will begin at 9:00 p.m. on SPEED Channel, with radio broadcast being carried by MRN. Remember that race dates and times are subject to change, so check your local listings.

No. 6 GM Goodwrench driver Ron Hornaday on California Speedway.

How is racing at California Speedway?

"I really enjoy going to California Speedway because it is one of my home tracks. I would love to win in front of my home crowd. That would be very special to me. I have a big fan base in the Los Angeles area and I can't think of a more rewarding victory than to get it in front of them."

What is the track like?

"When you are racing at Fontana there is a certain strategy that I like to use which I will not completely explain. The corners are long so if you have a big down-force you can keep speeds up and use that RCR horsepower to pull away down the straights. That is about all the info that I would like to share."

No. 6 GM Goodwrench Crew Chief Wally Rogers on gaining ground after last week's 26th place finish.

"I think that we all saw how proficient this team is when they were in a crunch. I was proud of the guys, but now we have to figure out how to stay out of trouble on the track. Last Friday night showed that we are a team that you are going to have to pay attention to, and we plan on having an effective race and move up some spots in the points."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ron Hornaday Jr.