St. Louis: Winning team post race interview

Race winner's press conference transcript with Ron Hornaday, driver, and Rick Ren, crew chief, No. 33 Camping World Silverado, following Camping World 200, Gateway International Raceway: YOU HAD A GREAT TRUCK AND THERE AT THE END YOU CAME...

Race winner's press conference transcript with Ron Hornaday, driver, and Rick Ren, crew chief, No. 33 Camping World Silverado, following Camping World 200, Gateway International Raceway:

YOU HAD A GREAT TRUCK AND THERE AT THE END YOU CAME OFF PIT ROAD BACK IN THE FIELD A LITTLE BIT, TELL US ABOUT WHAT THE STRATEGY WAS AND LED TO THE WIN TODAY.

RICK REN, CREW CHIEF NO. 33 CAMPING WORLD SILVERADO - "Racing for a championship, the position we're in I'm not a two-tire guy. There was like 56 laps to go I think, I think it was around lap 104 and our truck was pretty balanced. The last run we put on four tires and he said it rolled through the center a lot better and I had another set of tires that were very similar. I had to tune the air pressures a little bit. I didn't want to put two tires on it because I didn't know what it would do. I felt like we were good enough to win. I was surprised that six guys took two tires. I'm gonna flat tell you. I didn't think they would. I thought maybe a couple of guys would. One of them, he had a pit road violation so he had to go to the back so it got us down to where we only had to pass five guys but I mean five guys in lapped traffic, I'm like holy cow what did we do here? The truck was good enough. Ron drove it really hard, cleared the traffic and we never got gathered up in any of the wrecks. Thank goodness they were behind us."

RON HORNADAY, DRIVER NO. 33 CAMPING WORLD SILVERADO - "We had one pitting the truck I want to tell you. My teammate got into me."

RICK REN: "But I'm telling you what my hats off the guys built a brand new race truck and it was absolutely flawless. It never made a lap on the race track until yesterday morning. It responded to minor air pressure changes today and everything Ron asked for we tried to give him and it all worked out to be a great day."

RON YOU ARE HAVING A LOT OF FIRSTS THIS YEAR, FIRST WIN AT KANSAS, FIRST WIN AT TEXAS, FIRST WIN HERE AT GATEWAY, TELL US ABOUT YOUR RACE.

RON HORNADAY: "Are you putting any more tracks on the schedule that we haven't won at yet? That's what Rick and I were talking about. Every time we go somewhere it's I haven't won here or I haven't won there. I don't know what to say. Hats off to KHI (Kevin Harvick, Inc.), Kevin Harvick and DeLana and what they believe in Rick Ren and what Rick Ren built to bring to the track and never to turn a lap to be as fast as we were off the trailer. Second practice it might not have shown that we were that good, but we were in positions to change that truck and figure out what we were going to do for the race. Rick Ren, everybody knows that he has the best notes and he don't remember nothing but he's got the best notes (laughter). I'll tell you he looked back at them notes and when that truck qualified I was really, really happy with what it did. He wanted to know what to do and I just said untape it I think we're pretty good. Danny Stockman and Rick are just really working hard together. To build a new truck like they've done, my hats off to them. This is a lot of fun. I feel like I'm eighteen years old again, where's Kyle Busch when you run like this (laughter)?"

RICK WAS TALKING ABOUT BACK WHEN THERE WAS 56 LAPS TO GO AND YOU GOT BACK TO SEVENTH, JUST TALK ABOUT MAKING THAT DRIVE BACK TO THE FRONT.

RON HORNADAY: "You didn't hear what I said on the radio to the guys. I wasn't very nice. They've been working real hard in the pits and I lost the first spot I guess the first thing to Jack and I don't what Jack did put two tires on or fuel or whatever, we ended up pulling a rubber out so I can't say nothing on that stop. We got back by him real quick and then when that came out I wasn't very happy. Its so hard to pass. If we didn't get him in the first two laps, we were going to run wherever we were. A little bit of aerodynamics played into it. The wreck down there coming off the middle of three and four put a lot of oil down and I drove it down and it was real slippery on the bottom. So I got by the eighty-eight and they put him back in front of me and I just had to do it again. I just had to beat him up off of two. Just trucks you had to pass and Rick believed in me and I believed in what he does to it so I could drive it off in there and if it sticks it sticks and if not we're going to build another one because they build them all day long. I got a lot of faith in these guys. It shows it when we unload and we were second on the board. My hats off to Camping World, everybody at KHI. I had a little extra incentive, they got a brand new Honda camoflauge generator that just came out this week and I want one."

YOU LEAD 113 LAPS, IS THIS AS DOMINATING OF A RACE THAT YOU HAD THIS YEAR?

RON HORNADAY: "Well at the beginning of the year we were leading a lot of laps and that's what we got to do. We looked back at the deal with what (Mike) Skinner did, he led every race and a lot of laps and all that stuff and he still lost the championship. We decided to let Johnny (Benson) go win a couple of races and stuff and let him lead some laps (laughter), I'm blowing smoke up your behind. We were trying some stuff, Johnny got really good and we were trying to raise the bar and I think we're back into our mode. We've got Jack Sprague running real good, with Ernie Cope. Last week Jack was terrible at Bristol and he came over and got every note and it shows you we both drive the same. This is what teammates are all about, other than the Bristol wreck I'll blame Jack. We'll get that out of the way, we can go back as teammates that will praise each other. He raced me hard and pushed me real hard to see what the truck could do at the end. I'm glad he did because I wouldn't have known how to driver Dennis (Setzer) if Jack hadn't pushed me that hard in the middle of the race."

ON BONUS POINTS.

RON REN: "That's what we're racing for. You've got to lead laps, get those five points. I was sitting up there, I had calculated and new that at lap 102 we would have led 80 laps, nobody could beat us. So I breathed okay and it was another five points. You've got to take points however you can get them in this game and I don't care how you win a championship all I care about is if I've won. I don't care how we got it. I only got to win by one."

RON HORNADAY: "That's why I drive for the trophies (laughter)."

IN ELEVEN RACES HERE THERE'S BEEN TEN DIFFERENT WINNERS, DOES THAT SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THE COMPETITION HERE?

RON HORNADAY: "Yes. The only two-time winner here is Bobby Hamilton and my hats off to him. It just says a lot of what NASCAR and Craftsman have done. Everybody says what Craftsman means and they're leaving here. They were a good partnership to take on not knowing what this Craftsman Truck Series is going to do and to still be in it after thirteen years and still having fun I don't know why they're leaving but that's their own prerogative. I know we're going to get another great sponsor. This track puts on great races. This is a sentimental race track to me. I had my appendix out on Wednesday two years ago and come back down here and run second the whole race with ten to go and we burned the motor up. I don't know if this track owes me one but Lindy (Hornaday) keeps walking me across the stage to the Victory Lane and nobody wants to call superstitious to go through Victory Lane before you win. I kind of like tip-toed through it and didn't put my whole foot down so when I won I put both feet down and said I'm in Victory Lane."

SO IF IT OWE'S YOU ONE, YOU'RE EVEN?

RON HORNADAY: "No. It owes me ten more wins (laughing)"

WITH 25 LAPS TO GO YOU WERE BACK IN FOURTH OR FIFTH SPOT AND YOU HAD TO PASS PEOPLE, SEEMS LIKE YOU WERE JUST ABLE TO PASS WHEREVER YOU WANTED, WHAT DID YOU DO?

RON HORNADAY: "Hold your breath. Just drive it in deep there and hold your breath. Rick hadn't let me know where the guys were running all day. I'd seen that Benson got up to fifth one time after a pit stop and I looked up at the scoreboard and didn't let Rick know that but I could see the scoreboard where everybody was at. Seeing him go back to seventh that was telling me that he wasn't that strong of a truck and I already passed Skinner and I'd never seen the eighty-eight he was the only that I was concerned with and Erik Darnell because I didn't see him all race. When we came out I knew I had to go do something. We were already two-wide with the lappers and somebody got loose underneath of the eighty-eight and he went up a little bit and gave me a run off him so I didn't have to race him too hard going down into three and he gave me the spot. Other than that I took them where I could take them. Just outbraking them, Rick Ren changed the brake system on this truck and really it just didn't allow comfortability to how far you can drive this thing in but NASCAR changing the gear rule, this gear uses a lot more brakes. So I'm real excited to go see what those brake pads look like. It's been a good day for us."

WERE YOU WAVING AT JACK SPRAGUE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RACE? (Laughter)

RON HORNADAY: "Did they show that?  I hope I don't get fined for it, but he deserves
it.  He's got to ride to the airport with me."

WHERE IS HE GOING TO RIDE ON TOP OF THE CAR?

RON HORNADAY: "He didn't have an in-car camera did he? I just told him he's number one again. Oh boy."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Kevin Harvick , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Jack Sprague , Erik Darnell , Kyle Busch