BUSCH: Joliet: Ron Hornaday preview

Hornaday hopes to see red in victory lane. Denver, NC (July 11, 2002) Ron Hornaday and the new 'Red Fusion' Dr Pepper team look towards Chicago for first win of 2002. Hornaday started 22nd and finished 16th in last year's Hills Bros. 300 at ...

Hornaday hopes to see red in victory lane.

Denver, NC (July 11, 2002) Ron Hornaday and the new 'Red Fusion' Dr Pepper team look towards Chicago for first win of 2002. Hornaday started 22nd and finished 16th in last year's Hills Bros. 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. "I know this team is capable of winning. We've been close several times this year and knowing we are contenders every week makes me even more excited," stated Hornaday.

When talking about Chicago, Hornaday said, "Chicago is a fun but tough track. It only had one racing groove last year. I hope it will have two grooves by the time we race on Saturday because that will make it pretty exciting for the race fans up there."

Hornaday understands the importance of a good starting spot and feels confident his Dr Pepper team will help him yield another good qualifying effort this weekend in Chicago. "Any time we're able to qualify in the top-20 it adds confidence to the team. A good starting spot is always important, especially since the competition in the Busch Series is so tough. The team's experience on 1-mile tracks will help us qualify the Dr Pepper Chevrolet up front this weekend," said Hornaday.

Hornaday has entered 8 NASCAR Busch Series events this season with the Dr Pepper team. The team's 3rd place finish at Nazareth is their best finish of the season. They have posted 2 finishes in the top-5 and 4 finishes inside the top-20. He scored his first career pole at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May. Hornaday has raced the Dr Pepper Chevrolet into the top-5 in each event he has competed in except Nashville, TN. His average starting position with the Dr Pepper Team is 16th.

Hornaday really does like the 1.5-mile tracks, and so does the Dr Pepper Chevrolet. It is not uncommon in NASCAR for teams to name their cars. Hornaday and the team have been waiting for a win so they could give their car a name.

Bud Pole Qualifying is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. EST. on Friday, July 12th. The green flag will wave at 2:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, July 13th. The event will be televised live on NBC and broadcast live on MRN radio.

Notes of Interest
--Last year, Hornaday started 22nd and finished 16th at the Chicagoland Speedway.

--Hornaday's last Busch Series victory came at Indianapolis Raceway Park in 2000.

--This weekend Hornaday will drive the special paint scheme of the new Red Fusion product by Dr Pepper.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Ron Hornaday Jr.