HORNADAY, NEW CREW CHIEF BOB SCHACHT PUT SMITH & WESSON CHEVROLET TO THE TEST AT TEXAS FORT WORTH, Texas. (Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005) -- Ron Hornaday and new crew chief Bob Schacht put the ...
HORNADAY, NEW CREW CHIEF BOB SCHACHT PUT SMITH & WESSON CHEVROLET TO THE TEST AT TEXAS
FORT WORTH, Texas. (Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005) -- Ron Hornaday and new crew chief Bob Schacht put the #30 Smith & Wesson Chevrolet of SKI Motorsports through a successful day of testing on the 1.5-mile, high-banked tri-oval at Texas Motor Speedway Tuesday in preparation for the NASCAR Busch Series O'Reilly Challenge on Nov. 4-5.
"I think we're going to be in good shape for both qualifying and the race," said Hornaday, the two-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion who's piloted the Smith & Wesson Racing entry at Atlanta and Fontana, Calif., earlier in 2005 during the program's debut season on the Busch series tour. "We got the car to (exert wheel) travel more than it ever has, and with a new nose and some work on the fenders, we'll be coming back with a really nice package for race weekend. Our spring and shock combination is going to be the key and Bob (Schacht) has done wonders in that area in the past. So we're feeling pretty good. I've known Bob for a long time and it'll be great to work with him on the Smith & Wesson program. He's also done wonders with a lot of young drivers over the years, especially on the superspeedways. I think we'll be in great shape."
Hornaday will also be behind the wheel of the Smith & Wesson Racing Chevrolet when the Busch series moves on to the mile oval in Phoenix on Nov. 11-12.
"It turned out to be a really good test for, among other things, giving Ron and I a chance to work together in a real-time situation before actually hitting the track for race weekend," said Schacht, who brings some 35 years of NASCAR and ARCA series driving and crew chief experience to the Smith & Wesson Racing program, most recently a handful of NASCAR Nextel Cup races earlier this season with the part-time #51 team and young driver Stuart Kirby. "In race trim, we were as fast or faster than other good Busch teams that were out there with us today. We ran some of our fastest laps of the day within two or three laps after we rolled the car off the truck. We didn't do any runs in qualifying trim, but after making some adjustments at the shop before coming back for race weekend, I think we'll be good to go. We'll have to make the race on time, but I'm confident we'll be fast, and Ron certainly knows how to hang onto the car. We're definitely pumped."
"We're focused on finishing the season at Texas and Phoenix on a high note in order to build some momentum for the 2006 season and beyond," said SKI Motorsports president Chris Lencheski. "We're delighted to welcome Bob (Schacht) to the Smith & Wesson program and we are very impressed with his work ethic. The chemistry between Bob and Ron (Hornaday) seemed to be there from the get-go, so that can only mean the prospects for achieving great things might be just around the corner. Everyone in the Smith & Wesson Racing camp is excited about these next two races."