BUSCH: Kentucky: Ron Hornaday preview

Ron Hornaday looking for another top-five finish NOTES OF INTEREST: * FEAST OR FAMINE Ron Hornaday and the ACDelco Chevrolet head into Kentucky Speedway looking for back-to-back top-five finishes for the first time in...

Ron Hornaday looking for another top-five finish

NOTES OF INTEREST:

* FEAST OR FAMINE

Ron Hornaday and the ACDelco Chevrolet head into Kentucky Speedway looking for back-to-back top-five finishes for the first time in 2004. Hornaday finished fifth at Nashville Superspeedway last weekend and is coming off a third place finish at Kentucky last year. Hornaday feels like this is one of his better tracks on the schedule, but he has had a disappointing race. In 2002, he was running in the top-five in Dave Carroll's Chevrolet when the motor expired. He finished 37th.

* EXTRA SPECIAL FATHER'S DAY

Sunday, June 20 is Father's Day around the world. And it is also Ron Hornaday's birthday. The two-time NASCAR Truck Series Champion plans a relaxing day with family and friends at his home on Lake Norman in Mooresville, N.C. Happy Birthday Ron! Happy Father's day to two-time NASCAR West Series champion Ron Hornaday, Sr.

* WHAT YA' HAULIN'?

The ACDelco transporter will unload chassis No. 29. It is the same car that Hornaday raced to a fifth place finish at Nashville Superspeedway last week. Besides Nashville, Hornaday has raced chassis No. 29 at Gateway International Raceway (2nd) and Nazareth Speedway (11th).

ACDelco Chevrolet Driver Ron Hornaday on Kentucky Speedway

Coming off a top-five run at Nashville Superspeedway, do you feel like this team has more confidence and momentum this week?

"I think this ACDelco team has been getting better and better each race. We have really started to gel with each other. Butch (Hylton) and all the guys are really trying everything and there are no bad ideas when we have meetings. Everybody on this team has a say in what might work and that openness has led to some great runs. I think we have a great chance at winning this week. I say that every week, but even at Nashville last week, we were thinking about things that would work at Kentucky as well."

What is the key to racing at Kentucky Speedway?

"You have to have a good fast race car. That sounds simple, but that's the way it is. There are a number of things that need to happen to get a top-five finish. You need a strong motor. You need a good shock combination that gets the car down into the track. You need a good spring package to get the car to be stable getting into the corner, but still turn in the middle and off. You need a fast pit crew that can get you out in less than 16-seconds. And you have to use your head. By that I mean catching the lapped cars where it benefits you. You need to remember who you can race hard and who you can't. It takes all those things to have a good race week in and week out."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Ron Hornaday Jr.