Playing Catch Up In Kentucky Huntersville, N.C. (July 6, 2005) -- When the No. 6 GM Goodwrench team sat down at the end of last year to discuss the 2005 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, there was one goal and expectation that everyone...
Playing Catch Up In Kentucky
Huntersville, N.C. (July 6, 2005) -- When the No. 6 GM Goodwrench team sat down at the end of last year to discuss the 2005 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, there was one goal and expectation that everyone agreed on. 2005 was the perfect year for Kevin Harvick Inc., to win their first championship and Ron Hornaday his third. With the 13th race of the season approaching this weekend in Sparta, Ky., the team remains completely dedicated to attaining that goal.
Unfortunately, this weekend they will once again be playing catch up. A run of poor luck has found the team and it's veteran driver on the very edge of where they need to be. Being 134 markers behind points leader Dennis Setzer has the guys' attention, but it is too early to begin to panic. There is still plenty of time to get Hornaday and his team right back atop the point's standings, and they have every intention of beginning that ascent on Saturday during the Kentucky 225 at Kentucky Speedway.
"We have been so close all year," explained crew chief Wally Rogers. "We got the job done in Atlanta, but since then we feel like we just can't seal the deal. It is coming soon, and when it does it is going to be in bunches. Getting to the top of the points championship is going to take a serious commitment, solid performance and a little luck. We can't control how the other guys are running, and right now the leader is running good. We know we can run up front with everyone. We just need to finish what we start. This weekend in Kentucky will be a great time for us to get back on track and shine."
The driver of the No. 6 Silverado agrees with his crew chief. "This team is special and has what it takes," remarked Hornaday. "Some bad luck has put us in the whole; but these guys will be able to climb out. It's coming for us soon. You might just see the GM Goodwrench Chevrolet in victory lane this weekend in Kentucky. I have a good feeling about Saturday, and I can't wait to get out on the track."
No. 6 GM Goodwrench Driver Ron Hornaday on Kentucky Speedway...
What do you think about Kentucky Speedway?
"This is a relatively new track on the NCTS schedule so I have not had a chance to run a truck on this tri-oval yet. I have had some good runs in my Busch car there so I understand what it takes to get out front. This is an extremely important race for out team so I have been thinking all week about this track and what needs to be done when the engines get cranked up. I am excited to get racing and looking forward to having fun, but it is time for us to get our act together and get this GM Goodwrench Chevrolet to victory lane."
How is the team morale after coming close, but falling just short of a win several times this season?
"Early in the season we won and that let us know how good it felt. It was important getting that win under our belts because it has helped us maintain our focus. That has kept us hungry and instead of losing confidence with the frustrating mishaps that we have had, it has let us know that we should be the team celebrating. We all know that we will be going back to the winner's circle, so everyone remains optimistic."
It seems like every little thing that can go wrong has. What else is there?
"It does seem like each week we have found a way to let someone else win. What has been good about it, though, is we are also finding ways to get out front and lead the race. Our time is coming again soon, and I don't think anyone will be surprised to see us in victory lane."