Texas II: Chris Horn race notes

Stout Field Leaves Horn Out At Kansas Kansas City, Kansas - - A mixture of stout competition, and hiccups with a new racecar left former NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Chris Horn on the sidelines as the NASCAR Busch...

Stout Field Leaves Horn Out At Kansas

Kansas City, Kansas - - A mixture of stout competition, and hiccups with a new racecar left former NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Chris Horn on the sidelines as the NASCAR Busch Series roared at Kansas Speedway last Saturday.

Horn, driver of the No. 80 Seafoamsales.com Chevrolet Monte Carlo battled handling issues with his new automobile during the first practice session before qualifying. "The car was wild," said the 30-year old competitor. "We almost had a repeat of Kentucky, this time in practice."

In a session dominated by NASCAR Busch Series points leader Martin Truex, Jr, the Horn Auto Racing team could only maneuver a 50th fastest time. Turning a lap of 32.816 seconds, or 164.554 MPH, nearly two seconds off the pace, Horn knew it was now or never heading into time trials.

Before rolling out onto to the 1.5 mile oval, Horn and his crew made numerous adjustments including shocks, rear end gear, and chassis adjustments hoping to find something that would allow Horn to make his NASCAR Busch Series debut.

In qualifying, Horn picked up the pace.

Guiding his Chevrolet, Horn placed a lap time of 32.404 seconds transferring to a speed of 166.646 MPH. While the team found some speed, it wasn't enough as the team failed to qualify inside the top-38 fastest qualifiers, leaving the team out of the main event and headed home early.

"Kansas was a real disappointment," said the Cedar Rapids, Iowa native. "The car was better in qualifying, a lot better, but we were still off the pace. I hate it for our sponsors; I thought we had a good chance of making the race."

Horn Auto Racing, a new team to the NASCAR Busch Series in 2004 will now reevaluate their program hoping to scope out their next challenge. The team is looking at the events of Memphis, Atlanta, or Homestead as possible venues.

Next up for the NASCAR Busch Series is The Spongebob Squarepants Movie 300 from Lowes Motor Speedway this Friday night. TNT and MRN radio will broadcast the event live beginning at 8:00pm EST. XM Radio will also announce the 29th NBS event starting at 7:00pm EST.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Martin Truex Jr. , Chris Horn