Kansas: Ron Hornaday preview

RON HORNADAY Time to Make a Move Huntersville, N.C. (June 28, 2005) -- With nearly half of the 2005 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) season already completed, team GM Goodwrench knows that now is the time to perform. The first half of ...

Time to Make a Move

Huntersville, N.C. (June 28, 2005) -- With nearly half of the 2005 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) season already completed, team GM Goodwrench knows that now is the time to perform. The first half of the season has been more than respectable, but this is a team that feels that anything less than a championship will be considered some what of a disappointment. The competition level has been so high already this season that the No. 6 silver and black team

knows that they can't afford to give up anymore points to the current leader.

"This is our time to make a move," remarked crew chief Wally Rogers. "We have spotted these other guys enough points already and we cannot afford to give them anymore. We are in a little bit of a hole right now, but it is not too deep to climb out of. We know that we are close to where we want to be, but if we don't make our move real soon, it could be too late."

Driver of the No. 6 Chevrolet Silverado Ron Hornaday can attest to what his crew chief says. In his first NCTS championship run in 1996 Hornaday was never outside the top-three in points and maintained the top spot for 18 of the 24 weeks. He was also the leader for the last ten weeks, so he understands how hard it is to get out of a deficit.

"We have got the races left to get it done," explained the two-time champion. "But if we want it, now is the time for us to get this thing moving. It is possible to make up 121 points, but the guys in front of us are showing up every week as well. Right now we can't expect any mistakes from our competition. We have got to run better than the leader if we want to catch him and right now the leader is winning the races. There is only one thing that we can do, and that is go out and take the checkered flag to victory lane."

Points of Interest...

* Off the Hauler...Team GM Goodwrench will take chassis No. 001 to Kansas Speedway this weekend. This is a rebuilt truck for the 2005 season and will be Hornaday's first time racing in it this year. However, it has been proven in action this year when team owner Kevin Harvick drove it to a fourth place finish in Michigan on June 18th.

* Track Stat...This will be the first time Hornaday has run at Kansas Speedway in the NCTS. However, it is not his first time ever racing at the 1.5 mile oval. He has run there in the NASCAR Busch Series four times with a best finish of fifth last year in the No. 2 ACDelco car.

* NCTS Points...After 11 races in the 2005 season, Hornaday sits fourth in points, with one win, four top-five and six top-10 finishes. Hornaday now sits 121 markers off of point's leader Dennis Setzer.

* Start time...Saturday afternoon's O'reilly Auto Part's 250 is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. EDT. TV coverage of the event on SPEED Channel begins at 3:00 pm., with live radio coverage also beginning at 3:00 p.m. EDT on your local MRN Radio affiliate and on XM Satellite Radio -- channel 144. Remember times and dates of the race may change so check your local listings.

No. 6 GM Goodwrench Driver Ron Hornaday on Kansas Speedway...

What do you think about Kansas?

"Kansas is a great track. The fans are awesome and the track is set up perfectly for them to enjoy the entire experience. It is only a 1.5 mile track, but it feels so much bigger. The garage area has a ton of room and it is just a comfortable place to work. It is very important to hit your marks at Kansas Speedway. You can't drive the corners too hard or you will spin."

Is this a place that your team has marked on the calendar?

"This team has every place marked on the calendar, but this is a place where we feel we need to take advantage. This is the most important race of the season for us right now and the pressure is on us to get results. We can't afford to make anymore mistakes. Not at this stage of the season. The point's race has gotten tight and everyone is showing up with their A- game each week. We have to prove that our A-game is better than everyone else's. You do that by winning races."

Do you feel like your team has momentum right now?

"I think that we have some momentum going, but not as much as we need. You can gain momentum by having good finishes and right now the leader is coming off of two wins. We need momentum like that, and there is no doubt that we can make that happen. This is a big tester week for us and I know that my GM Goodwrench guys are up to the challenge."


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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Dennis Setzer