BUSCH: Daytona: Ron Hornaday qualifying notes

Hornaday grabs front row starting spot at Daytona International Speedway. (Daytona Beach, Fla.) ACDelco Chevrolet driver Ron Hornaday captured a front row starting position during qualifying for Saturday's Hershey's Kisses 300. Hornaday was ...

Hornaday grabs front row starting spot at Daytona International Speedway.

(Daytona Beach, Fla.) ACDelco Chevrolet driver Ron Hornaday captured a front row starting position during qualifying for Saturday's Hershey's Kisses 300. Hornaday was second fastest at 181.108 mph in the No. 2 ACDelco Monte Carlo. Rookie driver Martin Truex, Jr. captured the pole. It was the first of his career. The difference between first and second was less than 1/100th of a second. It was Hornaday's career best start at the 2.5-mile superspeedway.

Hornaday has been near the top of the speed charts since unloading at Daytona on Thursday afternoon. The ACDelco team made just two practice runs yesterday before placing a cover on the car and leaving it alone. "Sometimes you can out think yourself at Daytona," said Hornaday. "We knew we had a good car that was fast and handled good. Butch (Hylton) told me he had more speed in the car and we decided to just show what we had in qualifying, when it counts." Hylton takes over the crew chief duties of the ACDelco Chevy after team owner Richard Childress decided to swap personnel between his two NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) teams. Last year, Hylton and his No. 21 team won the NBS owners championship, while Hornaday finished third in the drivers points.

Now the question for Hornaday and company is how will the car draft in a pack. They will find the answer in happy practice later this afternoon.

Ron Hornaday on qualifying second for Hershey's Kisses 300 "That was probably the prettiest lap I have ever driven in qualifying at Daytona. The car really handled well and that's because of Butch Hylton and all the guys on this ACDelco team. The wind got us a little there, but I am very pleased with the lap. Sometimes when you get that close to the pole (.008 seconds), it hurts more than when you qualify 10th. You start to wonder where that tiny bit of time was."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Ron Hornaday Jr. , Martin Truex Jr.