Hornaday Hopes to Stop Sprague at Nazareth

Hornaday hopes to end Sprague's run at top Brett Borden NAZARETH, Pa. (July 8, 1998) Trailing rival Jack Sprague by 72 points in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series standings, Ron Hornaday had a busy week in preparation for Sunday's NAPA...

Hornaday hopes to end Sprague's run at top Brett Borden

NAZARETH, Pa. (July 8, 1998) Trailing rival Jack Sprague by 72 points in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series standings, Ron Hornaday had a busy week in preparation for Sunday's NAPA AutoCare 200 at Nazareth Speedway.

The NAPA Brakes Chevrolet team spent Monday testing at the newly-paved Indianapolis Raceway Park in preparation for the Cummins 200 on July 30. Hornaday is the defending champion of that race.

Beginning Thursday, Hornaday's schedule in Nazareth includes rides around the speedway with the media, radio show appearances and visits with hundreds of NAPA guests at pre-race festivities. He'll also have an in-car CBS television camera during the race Sunday.

Clearly, a lot of people will be watching Hornaday, from the NAPA folks in attendance to the audience watching the race at home. But Hornaday's focus will be directly on the man ahead of him in the points standings.

"Jack Sprague has been the man to beat at Nazareth," Hornaday said. "Heck, he has been tough all year.

"I feel good about the NAPA team's chances at Nazareth. Fred Graves (crew chief) and the guys have given me great Chevys to drive all year. I ran the Busch Series race earlier this year at Nazareth. We should be good when we unload."

A load was taken off Hornaday's mind when his lost wallet was found Tuesday. Hornaday was traveling by airline to an appearance in Chicago last week when he lost it, but the airline called to tell him it had been found. Now Hornaday hopes to find the right combination on the race track.

"Nazareth is a challenging place," Hornaday said. "It's a fast oval but you feel like you are running on a road course because of the shape and the elevation changes. The NAPA Brakes team has qualified and run well at Nazareth. We just haven't challenged for the win."

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ron Hornaday Jr. , Jack Sprague