HORNADAY QUALIFIES 25th BUT SEES HIS DAY END EARLY AT ATLANTA NASCAR BUSCH SERIES AARON'S 312 HAMPTON, Ga. (Saturday, March 19, 2005) -- Ron Hornaday's first race weekend in the new ...
HORNADAY QUALIFIES 25th BUT SEES HIS DAY END EARLY AT ATLANTA NASCAR BUSCH SERIES AARON'S 312
HAMPTON, Ga. (Saturday, March 19, 2005) -- Ron Hornaday's first race weekend in the new #30 Smith & Wesson Chevrolet of SKI Motorsports came to an abrupt end at the outset of today's Aaron's 312 NASCAR Busch Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Hornaday, the two-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion who upped his career record win total in that series to 27 by capturing Friday night's Truck series event here, started the day with a solid qualifying effort of 25th in the Smith & Wesson Chevrolet. But less than a lap into today's main event, Hornaday tangled with the car of Justin Labonte heading into Turn Three and slammed into the outside wall. Sufficient repairs could not be completed, so the SKI Motorsports team called it a day early.
It was just the second race for the new Smith & Wesson Busch series program. NASCAR Nextel Cup regular Scott Riggs debuted the #30 car last weekend (March 11-12) at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Riggs qualified 30th and finished 21st. Riggs will be back to pilot the Smith & Wesson Chevrolet at its next event in Charlotte (May 28). Hornaday's next turn to drive will be at Bristol, Tenn., in late August. The team is scheduled to run eight races in all this season.
"Wow, talk about going from hero to zero. Last night, a big race win. Today, we didn't even get in a full lap. I feel bad for everyone who worked so hard to get us here, and help get us so solidly into the field in only our second race. This Smith & Wesson program's best days are yet to come, that's for certain. We were competitive with some long-established teams in the Busch series for the second weekend in a row and we haven't even gone testing, yet, or to the wind tunnel. With some time between now and our next race at Charlotte, we'll take care of that stuff. Overall, I'm encouraged with the potential of this program."