RON HORNADAY Looking for Redemption in the Lone Star State Huntersville, N.C. (November 1, 2005) -- When Ron Hornaday and his GM Goodwrench team reflect on their 2005 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) season a few dates will be marked with...
Looking for Redemption in the Lone Star State
Huntersville, N.C. (November 1, 2005) -- When Ron Hornaday and his GM Goodwrench team reflect on their 2005 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) season a few dates will be marked with asterisks. One of those will undoubtedly be the first trip to Texas Motor Speedway (TMS). With 30 laps remaining in the ninth race of the year Hornaday had built a commanding two second lead over the rest of the field at the 1.5 mile oval. Unfortunately, under a green flag pit-stop, there was a fuel filler problem that cost the No. 6 team valuable time and a chance to celebrate in victory lane.
"Our first trip to Texas was one of several races that we feel we gave away," said Hornaday. "It is impossible to know what would have happened if we didn't have the fuel problem, but we felt like that was our race. You don't get those back and it hurts to look at it and think, 'what if?' We are taking the same truck back and if we can eliminate problems on pit road that bit us last time, then we should be up front fighting for the lead."
Returning to the Lone Star State this weekend for the running of the Silverado 350K offers a unique second chance for the drivers and teams in the NCTS. The 25 race schedule only has three repeat tracks this season, and the GM Goodwrench team plans on taking full advantage of this rare second opportunity. Coming off a frustrating weekend in Atlanta, a chance at redemption would be pretty sweet for Hornaday, and the rest of his GM Goodwrench crew.
"We just missed the set-up last weekend in Atlanta," added Hornaday. "It was just one of those races where we just couldn't put our finger on it. With three races remaining it sure would be nice to finish in the top-five from here on out, and possibly grab another win to put some sort of closure on our season. A good run this weekend in Texas is what this team needs to help finish out the season on a strong note."
Points of Interest...
* Off the Hauler...Team GM Goodwrench will take chassis No. 008 to TMS this weekend for Friday's race. This is the same truck that Hornaday drove to a sixth place finish at TMS earlier this season.
* Track Stat... Hornaday has five NCTS starts at TMS with three top-10 finishes. He also has one Nextel Cup start racing for A.J. Foyt in 2001, and four Busch Series starts between 2000 and 2004.
* Manufacture's Championship... Last weekend Chevrolet wrapped up the manufacture's championship when Kyle Busch won in Atlanta in the No. 15 truck from Bill Ballew Motorsports. The win marked the 10th victory of the season for the "Winningest Name in Motorsports."
* NCTS Points... After 22 races in the 2005 season, Hornaday sits third in points with one win, six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. Hornaday remains 243 markers behind point's leader Ted Musgrave.
* Start time... Friday evening's Silverado 350K is scheduled for 9:15 p.m. EST. TV coverage of the event on SPEED Channel begins at 9:00 p.m., with live radio coverage also beginning at 9:00 p.m. EST on your local MRN Radio affiliate and on XM Satellite Radio -- channel 144. Remember times and dates of the race may change so check your local listings.
No. 6 GM Goodwrench Driver Ron Hornaday on Texas Motor Speedway...
Are you happy about returning to Texas for a second time this season?
"I am pretty happy about it. This gives us an opportunity to make up for a mistake that we made earlier this season at Texas. We thought we had the race won, but we let it get away. It doesn't give us the first race back, but it does give us a chance to erase it from our memories."
Last weekend you struggled in Atlanta. Can you and your team rebound this weekend?
"This team is full of guys who want to win. They don't need extra motivation each week to get them ready to race. It is that kind of attitude that lets me know that they will be ready every time we take the truck off the hauler. We had an off day last week and sometimes those things carry over for a few races, but that is not the case with these guys. I would be very surprised if we were not in contention on the final lap of the race."
There are a few guys creeping up on your third place position. Can you hold them off?
"Not only can we hold them off, but we need to focus on gaining on the leaders. Realistically, we are a long shot for the championship, but anything can happen and there are no quitters on this team. We are going to go out and perform at the highest level that we can and from there we will see where that takes us. Our goal is getting the GM Goodwrench Chevrolet to victory lane and if we do that everything else will take care of itself."