St. Louis: Ron Hornaday preview

RON HORNADAY Gateway Victory Alludes Hornaday Huntersville, NC (April 26, 2005) - When it comes to racing at tracks that don't exactly fit the cookie cutter mold Ron Hornaday is the man to beat. With multiple wins at places like Flemington ...

RON HORNADAY
Gateway Victory Alludes Hornaday

Huntersville, NC (April 26, 2005) - When it comes to racing at tracks that don't exactly fit the cookie cutter mold Ron Hornaday is the man to beat. With multiple wins at places like Flemington (N.J.) and Nazareth (PA.) the Palmdale, Calif., native could almost teach classes on these unique venues. He has even had success in St. Louis racing at Gateway International Speedway (three times he has finished second), but a win on the one mile egg-shaped oval still doesn't grace his resume.

The GM Goodwrench team would love to help Hornaday get that allusive victory this weekend in the Dodge Ram Tough 200, as if they needed any more motivation. Currently they are fourth in points, but for a team that expects to win every weekend that is not good enough. "We are in this to win every time we race," said crew chief Wally Rogers, "If we look at it any other way we don't stand a chance. There are times on the track when winning the race is no longer an option and you have to re-group, but winning should still be on the mind because taking the championship requires hard work every week."

Hornaday does not need a win on Saturday to validate his career, but it would be nice to add to his record setting 27 victories in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS). "I have always loved coming to St. Louis," explained Hornaday. "The fans are always awesome and they fill up the seats. They appreciate the racing and certainly deserve a good show. I always say that my favorite tracks are the places that I have won and I would love to add Gateway to that list."

Points of Interest...

* Three Generations... Last week Hornaday's son Ronnie III finished 11th in the ARCA race at Kentucky Speedway. When not racing Ronnie works as a crew member for the No. 2 NCTS Team ASE Dodge with Jimmy Spencer. He has also recently signed a deal to become Dodge's test driver.

* Three Times... Three times Hornaday has finished second at Gateway International Raceway. Twice in the Busch Series and once in the Craftsman Truck Series.

* Off the Hauler... The GM Goodwrench team will be taking chassis No. 007 to race at Gateway International Raceway. No. 007 ran 4 races last year with a best finish of third at Phoenix International Raceway.

* TV and Radio... Start time for Saturday evening's Dodge Ram Tough 200 is 8:15 p.m. EDT. TV coverage will begin at 8:00 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 Gateway International Speedway...

How do you race at Gateway?

"The key to racing at Gateway is having a good solid motor because the straight-aways are long. It is essential that you hit your marks. It is real easy to overdrive the corners, which hurts your exit speeds and usually gives the guy behind you the opportunity to hang you out on the high side.

Do you like racing at Gateway?

"Racing in St. Louis is a lot of fun. The city has a lot to offer and I usually like to try and get a baseball game in while I am there. I don't think that there is a home game this weekend so I guess that won't happen this time around. The track is a lot of fun and the management does a great job. There are always fans in the seats who really appreciate what we do and I hope that we give them the show that they came for."

You have been close to victory but not quite there at Gateway.

"I have had success there in both the Busch Series and the Craftsman Truck Series. I think this time around I have the team and equipment to finally get over the hump and get to victory lane. Three second place finishes is not bad and I would certainly take a fourth, but I really want to win at that race track. This could be the week that the GM Goodwrench team gets that win for me.

-rcr-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jimmy Spencer , Ron Hornaday Jr.