Hornaday ready to rumble at Monroe MONROE, Wash. (May 5, 1998) The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will rumble into Evergreen Speedway on Saturday for the NAPACARD 200, and NAPA Brakes Chevrolet driver Ron Hornaday predicts some...
Hornaday ready to rumble at Monroe MONROE, Wash. (May 5, 1998)
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will rumble into Evergreen Speedway on Saturday for the NAPACARD 200, and NAPA Brakes Chevrolet driver Ron Hornaday predicts some sparks might fly before the event os over.
Hornaday, the 1996 series champion who drives for Dale Earnhardt, Inc., and Jack Sprague, the defending series champ who drives the Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, have not only been swapping positions on the track, but also swapping paint.
The battle between the two heavyweight contenders has been exciting to watch, and Hornaday said he expects the war between Sprague and himself for the prestigious 1998 title should continue at the same pace.
"Sprague and I both want to win," said Hornaday, who trails Sprague by only eight points in the standings. "Sure we have beat on each other this year, but that is just hard racing. I am sure we will put a few more dings on each other's trucks before the year is finished."
Hornaday has a win and three top-10 finishes to his credit at the 0.646-mile Evergreen. He expects to be a factor in the 200-lap battle.
"I have always run well at Evergreen," Hornaday said. "We did not have a good finish at the last race in Portland. I have put pressure on myself to step it up at the Monroe race. I will do what it takes to get up front."
Hornaday's statistics support his talk. He is the winningest driver in the series with 19 victories. He has 12 short-track wins (tied with 1995 champ Mike Skinner).
A win in the NAPACARD 200 at Evergreen would give Hornaday the most short-track wins in the series, and give him the point lead no matter what Sprague does.
Source: NASCAR Online