Hornaday has five-race NASCAR Busch Series deal By Shawn A. Akers MONROE, Wash. - Ron Hornaday has driven NASCAR Winston Cup cars. He's a former NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion. Now, he's going to try his hand at the NASCAR Busch Series...
Hornaday has five-race NASCAR Busch Series deal By Shawn A. Akers
MONROE, Wash. - Ron Hornaday has driven NASCAR Winston Cup cars. He's a former NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion. Now, he's going to try his hand at the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division, on a limited basis.
The driver of the No. 16 NAPA Chevrolet in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Hornaday has signed a five-race deal to drive the No. 59 Kingsford/Matchlight Chevrolet in the NASCAR Busch Series, substituting for Robert Pressley on the weekends when Pressley has conflicts with his NASCAR Winston Cup team.
Hornaday's first race will be next week's First Union 200 at Nazareth, Pa., a weekend when Pressley will be in Charlotte to drive the No. 77 Jasper Engines Ford in The Winston Open.
"We did some testing for them just before they went to Hickory, and the guys are good," said Hornaday, in Monroe, Wash., for Saturday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series' NAPACARD 200 at Evergreen Speedway. "I'm really looking forward to it. I think we've got a good shot at winning there."
Hornaday will also sub for Pressley in the June 14 Pikes Peak 250 at Pikes Peak, Colo.; in the June 28 Lysol 200 at Watkins Glen International; in the July 5 DieHard 250 at the Milwaukee Mile; and in the Kroger 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park on July 31.
The five races won't interfere with Hornaday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule. The Pikes Peak and Watkins Glen weekends are off weekends for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, and the events at Milwaukee and Indianapolis are companion events between the NASCAR Busch Series and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
"Anything you do just gives you more experience," said Hornaday, who's currently in second place in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point standings with two victories in four races this season.
"When they called me because Robert has other commitments for Winston Cup, we had an off weekend for the truck series, so you've got to do it. We go back to some of those places with the trucks, and that just gives much more experience for the truck for the championship. So, it's a pleasure.
"The gentleman that works on their motors works on ours as well. It's a good opportunity for me to get in it, and hopefully I can do them a good job."
The First Union 200 at Nazareth Speedway will be Hornaday's first-ever NASCAR Busch Series race. He would have participated in a race at Rockingham last fall, but rained out qualifying prevented him from making the field as the field was determined by points.
"I don't think I've ever driven in a Busch car in a race," Hornaday said. "We tried to qualify at Rockingham (last fall) and it rained out and we got our entry in late. We did some testing, and that's about the extent of my Busch Series experience.
"You've got a shorter wheel base than the truck. You've got the downforce of the Winston Cup car and maybe a little bit more because you get to run the air dams lower and a bigger spoiler. It's going to be different. Basically the motors are the same as the truck. It's a smaller carburetor, so you won't be as fast down the straightaway. You're going to have to make up with a lot of corner speed.
"I just want to go out there and do them a good job, try to help them in the owner's points. As Robert's running in Winston Cup, they definitely can't get the points up for the overall championship, so if we can get them some good enough runs to get the owner points, that's what we want to do. You don't want to mess with anybody that's in the hunt for the points. We just want to go out there and have a good, clean run and have fun with it."
Source: NASCAR Online