Hornaday Homestead Preview

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (March 31, 1998) Hornaday, driver of the No. 16 NAPA Brakes Chevrolet, won the opening event for the NASCAR Truck series at Walt Disney World Speedway on January 18. He is the only driver to win at least one race...

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (March 31, 1998)

Hornaday, driver of the No. 16 NAPA Brakes Chevrolet, won the opening event for the NASCAR Truck series at Walt Disney World Speedway on January 18. He is the only driver to win at least one race each season since the series inception in 1995. Hornaday, the tour's leading winner with 18 victories, tested the NAPA Chevy truck at the reconfigured 1.5-mile Homestead oval in February. During that test the Dale Earnhardt Inc. team, led by crew chief Fred Graves, focused on getting the truck to be "free" in the corners. Graves said that the key to mastering the long sweeping eight-degree banked corners will be to allow the truck to roll into the corner, not losing momentum, allowing the driver to get back on the gas quickly and use all the horsepower available to exit the turn, maximizing the speed down the long straights. The NAPA BRAKES team will field the Chevy named "Laverne" for the race at Homestead. It is the same truck that won at Walt Disney World Speedway. Hornaday will be a guest of the NHL's Florida Panthers on Wednesday, April 1. The Panthers will be hosting their Eastern Conference rivals the Montreal Canadiens at the Miami Arena. Hornaday is scheduled to showcase his bowling skills on Thursday, April 2, at the Homestead Bowling Center. He will join several other NASCAR drivers and PBA professionals in a charity event to benefit the American Cancer Society of South Dade (Fla.) county. NAPA will have 200 guests at the Homestead event, including NAPA Chairman Bob McKenna. Hornaday on Homestead:

"I like the new track layout at Homestead. It's real fast, and the corners are long and sweeping. You need to roll the truck into the corner, then quickly get back on the gas to keep your speed up. "Homestead is a place where horsepower will be very important. We are lucky this NAPA Chevy has plenty of horses under the hood."

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Dale Earnhardt