Topeka Ron Hornaday Preview

Hornaday hopes Heartland brings redemption TOPEKA, Kan. (Aug. 20, 1998) Ron Hornaday and the No. 16 NAPA Brakes Chevrolet head to America's heartland looking for redemption in the Lund Look 275K at the 2.1-mile Heartland Park ...

Hornaday hopes Heartland brings redemption TOPEKA, Kan. (Aug. 20, 1998) Ron Hornaday and the No. 16 NAPA Brakes Chevrolet head to America's heartland looking for redemption in the Lund Look 275K at the 2.1-mile Heartland Park Topeka road course in Topeka, Kan. At the series' last stop on a road circuit (May 30, Watkins Glen, N.Y.) Hornaday was penalized in the closing laps of the event while leading for jumping the restart. Hornaday was relegated from the top spot to fourth by NASCAR for the infraction. Hornaday is looking to redeem himself by winning a road course race this year.

"I have not had a road course win in a while," Hornaday said. "I thought I had one up at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) but it did not work out that way. I really want a win this year for the NAPA team on the road courses. Topeka would be a great place to get one."

Hornaday has an impressive road racing record in the NASCAR Truck Series. He has three wins, three pole positions, and eight Top-10 finishes in nine events. At Topeka, Hornaday has three front row starts, one win, and three Top-three finishes in the three races run. Hornaday led in all three events.

"Topeka is not like your typical road course," Hornaday said. "It consists mainly of left hand turns. It can be tough to pass, so qualifying up front will be important. Fuel mileage always seems to play into the outcome of the race too. With the addition of pit stops this year, it should make the race more interesting."

Crew chief Fred Graves is looking for his first road course victory with the No. 16 team. Graves joined the NAPA team in May of 1997.

The NAPA team tested at the new 3/4-mile track at Memphis Motorsports Park on Monday. The team was so pleased with the results that they loaded up the truck at lunch time, and headed back to their shops in Mooresville, N.C. The trucks will race in Memphis on September 13.

Hornaday will visit the Texas Children's Hospital in Houston on Wednesday, Aug. 26. Hornaday will present a check for $20,000 from NAPA to the children's cancer unit during his visit. The funds were raised by area NAPA AutoCare Centers. Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ron Hornaday Jr.