Texas II: Hornaday post race interview

RON HORNADAY, JR. , NO. 33 VFW SILVERADO, FINISHED 3RD: RON TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THE THIRD PLACE RUN TONIGHT AND YOUR 197 POINT ADVANTAGE: "First of all our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family and victims of the shooting. I...

RON HORNADAY, JR. , NO. 33 VFW SILVERADO, FINISHED 3RD:

RON TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THE THIRD PLACE RUN TONIGHT AND YOUR 197 POINT ADVANTAGE:

"First of all our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family and victims of the shooting. I have to thank VFW for supporting our truck today but we will take a third. I don't know what happened on that last set of tires but we got real loose and I am not going to sit here and complain but Kyle bent the rear bumper in real good and raced me real hard and I got sideways down there and that ruined the rest of the night when I got the truck sideways so.......but top three if we keep getting those kind of finishes the next couple races we will be looking good."

SEEMED LIKE EVERYONE WAS REAL LOOSE OUT THERE TONIGHT.  ALSO WAS AN
EPISODE OUT THERE WITH THE 12 TRUCK.  CAN YOU COMMENT ON THAT?

"I didn't need to do that. They were running side-by-side and anybody can tell you that you get sideways when you start up the middle and I checked up pretty good but I don't know. The track really loosened up tonight and I don't know if it was the way we scuffed our tires or what but the last run was really, extremely free but............."

WERE YOU RUNNING WIDE OPEN ALL THE WAY AROUND?

"I was before that last set of tires, but it seemed like when you get in clean air that you are pretty good and you can run wide open and you catch the guy if he is running your line and you can get tight up off of two and lose your momentum. In three and four you can run high but in one and two you couldn't with that bump up there. You could get a good run on them up there but then it jumps the truck loose up there and you've got to get out of the throttle.

"We had a tire strategy, but it didn't work out the way it came down to it so, like I say, we will take third and go on."

WAS THE BUMP FROM KYLE OKAY, OR DID HE ROUGH YOU UP A LITTLE BIT? WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON THAT?

"He can do whatever he wants. The rear bumper is caved in so there is no draft so the back tires are off the ground. Once you break the tires loose, and you are already loose and get down in three and four...........don't know how I saved it because it just got completely sideways and once you do that and Matt (Crafton) can say that and any driver can say it, but once you piss the tire off and make it mad, its done for the rest of the night. I tried to turn the blowers off and get the truck tight enough but I will take my hat off to Todd (Bodine) because he drove me clean the last ten last ten laps of the race and we come home with a top three. So that is all we can ask for and we have got two more to go and Matt and I will race hard and put on a good show for the fans and one of us will be proud to be the champion of the Camping World Truck Series."

DO YOU GUYS FEEL LIKE YOU ARE AT A DISADVANTAGE WITH THE CHEVROLETS AND THE FUEL MILEAGE?

"We picked the manufacturer that we want to run and I went to feather it the last thirty laps of the race just to save fuel in the corners and that is what Todd has taught me so........I don't know. We can pick another manufacturer if we want to but Chevrolet has been good to us and we have won a lot of races with it and if we would have gone green/white/checkers we would have come in and put tires on and fuel in and see what we had."

-credit: gm racing

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