BUSCH: Dover II: Ron Hornaday preview

NOTES: Points battle With an seventh place finish at Richmond International Raceway, ACDelco Chevrolet driver Ron Hornaday has closed the gap in the NASCAR Busch Series championship race. Hornaday, a two-time NASCAR Southwest Tour (1992, '93)...

NOTES: Points battle

With an seventh place finish at Richmond International Raceway, ACDelco Chevrolet driver Ron Hornaday has closed the gap in the NASCAR Busch Series championship race. Hornaday, a two-time NASCAR Southwest Tour (1992, '93) and NASCAR Truck Series Champion ('96, '98), is in fourth place, just 74 points out of first position. In fact, the 111 points separating the top-five make it the closest NBS points battle with eight races to go in the history of the series.

Spring race recap

Hornaday qualified eighth back at Dover in the spring and ran as high as fifth during the event. A significantly loose car kept Hornaday from being able to charge off the corners. A top-10 finish looked promising. But on the lap 178 restart, Matt Kenseth missed a shift, which stacked up the entire field. Hornaday was collected in the wreck and sustained heavy damage to the front of his car. He was able to finish the race and collected a 10th place finish.

Splitting time in Winston Cup

ACDelco crew member's Nick Terry and Aaron Smith are no strangers to double duty. Smith has been changing rear tires for both the ACDelco Chevrolet in the NASCAR Busch Series and also the GM Goodwrench Monte Carlo and Cingular Wireless teams in NASCAR Winston Cup, for the past two months. Terry is the tire specialist and jack-man for the ACDelco Chevy and last week, substituted as jack-man for Kevin Harvick at New Hampshire. Both men say the extra time with the "Cup" team has helped their effort in the Busch Series.

What ya haulin?hbThe ACDelco transporter will unload chassis No. 26. It is the same car Hornaday ran at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, finishing ninth and Bristol Motor Speedway, where he finished second.

Ron Hornaday comments on Dover International Speedway

They call Dover the "Monster Mile". What are your thoughts?

"I like Dover. It's a cool track. It has concrete high banks and fast corner speeds. It's one of those tracks that is self cleaning and it stays consistent all day long. If there is a wreck, everything slides to the bottom. You see someone every year get loose and run up the track, hit the wall and then slide down and collect someone who is right in the racing groove at the bottom. But unlike some tracks, it is near impossible to repair a car from a Dover crash. These walls punish the driver and the car. Running up front is once again the key to staying out of trouble. And you must have that RCR horsepower to drive up out of the corners. It really does give you the feeling of driving up out of a hole. Dover is a track where you want to win, but if you come out of the track with a top-five or top-10 and a clean race car, you leave happy."

Ron Hornaday and the ACDelco Chevrolet Monte Carlo are fifth in the NASCAR Busch Series point's standings. Hornaday is 74 points out of first place.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Kevin Harvick , Ron Hornaday Jr.