Martinsville: Ron Hornaday preview

RON HORNADAY Racing Against the Boss Huntersville, NC (April 5, 2005) - Ron Hornaday has won 27 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) races at 21 different race tracks throughout his impressive career. Martinsville Speedway, site of...

Racing Against the Boss

Huntersville, NC (April 5, 2005) - Ron Hornaday has won 27 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) races at 21 different race tracks throughout his impressive career. Martinsville Speedway, site of this weekend's Kroger 250, however is not one of those race tracks. The man with more NCTS wins than anyone else has not managed to take home a checkered flag at the famed short track nestled in the hills on the outskirts of Martinsville, VA.

To get this win, Hornaday is going to have to cross the finish line ahead of the man that signs his paychecks, Kevin Harvick. Harvick will be making his 2005 NCTS debut driving the No. 92 Yardman Chevrolet in Saturday afternoon's showdown. Just racing against Harvick at the half-mile oval is going to be difficult enough, not to mention the added pressure of racing against the boss. "To be honest I hope we finish first and second. I am going to leave it at that," said Hornaday laughingly, failing to mention who would be first and who would be second.

The excitement of the two GM Goodwrench drivers on the race track at the same time only adds to the storied history that the two former champions share. Harvick credits Hornaday for helping him get his start in NASCAR. Now the Harvick's (Kevin and DeLana) have re-paid the favor by putting Hornaday in a truck that is capable of winning him his third NCTS championship.

"We are connected in so many ways," said Hornaday. "We are both from California. We both represent GM Goodwrench. We are both driving a Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) truck, and are both going to be giving it all we have to win the race. It will be nice having a teammate this Saturday, but when it comes down to it we are both so competitive that it will be an all out battle for the win."

Points of Interest...

* All three series... Hornaday and Harvick are both coming off wins heading into Martinsville. In fact, Hornaday won the last NCTS race in Atlanta, Ga., while Harvick has won the last NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races in Bristol, Tenn. If Harvick were to win the NCTS race on Saturday, he would be the first driver to win all three national touring series on consecutive starts.

* Martinsville discovery... Harvick credits Hornaday with helping him get his NASCAR start, but Richard Childress credits discovering Harvick because of his truck series toughness racing at Martinsville Speedway.

* Truck-Stoppers... In the tradition of the NASCAR Busch-Whackers, it now seems as though Cup guys want in on the NCTS fun. Entered in this week's race are NEXTEL Cup regulars Kevin Harvick, Ken Schrader and Bobby Labonte, in addition to former Winston Cup champion Darrel Waltrip.

* Off the hauler... Team GM Goodwrench will be bringing chassis No.003 to race at Martinsville Speedway for this weekend's 250 mile race. Team GM Goodwrench tested No.003 last week at Martinsville Speedway and were happy with the truck. Last year 003 finished sixth in the fall race at Martinsville Speedway.

* TV and Radio... Start time for Saturday afternoon's Kroger 250 is 1:15 p.m. EDT. TV coverage will begin at 1:00 p.m. on SPEED Channel, with radio broadcast being carried by MRN at the same time. Remember that race dates and times are subject to change, so check your local listings.

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

Talk about the NCTS and Martinsville Speedway.

"Martinsville has always been an important fixture in the NCTS. That race track is one of the reasons that the NCTS has continued to grow in popularity each year. The trucks grew up racing at Martinsville and the show that we put on there is always exciting. If you want to see short track racing at it's best, the Martinsville race is a great one to watch!"

What is it going to be like racing against Kevin Harvick this weekend?

"This just adds to the week to week excitement of the NCTS. At a place like Martinsville it is nice to know that someone has got your back on the race track. We can work together as well, but when it gets down to it we both will be trying to win. There is definitely added pressure when racing against the boss, but I have a job to do and he is going to have an up close and personal view of how well I am getting that job done. We are two extremely competitive people and it sure would make a great show to watch us battle it out to the end."

And coming off a win?

"We really needed that win in Atlanta. This GM Goodwrench team had just been too good for us to not have one yet. In the first two races, we felt we had a chance to win but some small mishaps kept that from happening. We have good momentum now and we need to look to build on it. Getting that win early in the season is so important. Now we have proven what we knew all along- this GM Goodwrench crew is a championship caliber team."

No. 6 GM Goodwrench team owner Kevin Harvick on Martinsville Speedway...

How is going to be racing against Ron Hornaday this weekend?

"It will be fun to race against Hornaday. We're both hard racers and I hope he beats on me as much as I plan on beating on him. He was told when we hired him to bring back trophies or steering wheels. Hopefully we won't have two steering wheels for sale at KHI come Monday."


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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Ken Schrader , Kevin Harvick , Ron Hornaday Jr.