"Accident In Time Trials Dampers Weekend For Sea-Foam Sponsored Team" Sparta, Kentucky - - NASCAR Busch Series rookie Chris Horn entered his first NBS event at Kentucky Speedway hoping that pre-race testing would payoff and award his rookie...
"Accident In Time Trials Dampers Weekend For Sea-Foam Sponsored Team"
Sparta, Kentucky - - NASCAR Busch Series rookie Chris Horn entered his first NBS event at Kentucky Speedway hoping that pre-race testing would payoff and award his rookie team with a solid showing in the Meijer 300.
After countless hours of work, the Horn Auto Racing team unloaded Friday morning with a bright, shiny, and sporting looking No. 58 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Horn, has shifted his focus from the NCTS hoping to find success and stardom in the secondary series of NASCAR.
Making the jump with the Iowa based team was their NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series sponsor Sea Foam Auto Marine. Sea Foam was developed originally for the marine market. Sea Foam showed Evinrude Outboard Motors how to solve their stale fuel, varnish and carbon problems with its use. Because the product worked so well, and after many years of experimentation, Sea Foam became a great problem solver in the automotive after market as well. It is renowned as the finest, most multifaceted and safest petroleum product of our times.
In addition, the team also gained associate sponsorship from Stealth Titanium Bells for the 16th NASCAR Busch Series event of the season.
The teams received one practice session before qualifying, leaving Horn and his associates to find a perfect setup that would allow them to gain entry into the event. During the lengthy session, Chris posted the 34th fastest time. Maneuvering his automobile to a time of 31.489 seconds equaling a speed of 171.488 MPH. The former International Karting Federation Champion turned his fastest lap on the 20th of his 24 trips around the 1.5 mile-oval.
"We're not bad, but there's always room for improvement," said the driver of car 58. "Right now, we're in on time, as long as we make the top-38 in qualifying, we'll be able to explode on race day."
Unfortunately, things didn't go well for the team in time trials. Horn, who drew early for the session was on his first lap of qualifying when the car broke loose on turn 1, the former ARCA RE/MAX Series driver tried to correct his machine, but instead slammed hard into the wall. Without provisonals, and the car non repairable, the team had to settle for a devastating DNQ (Did Not Qualify).
Luckily, Horn walked away from the accident with a few bruises, but severely disappointed. "We set the car a little loose on entry, and I hit the apron, and that was the end of it," Horn said dejectedly.
Horn, also a former American Speed Association (ASA) driver noted "I really hate this for my sponsors, they were just as excited as we were, but hopefully we'll make this up to them later this season."
The team is still actively looking for primary sponsorship for the remainder of the 2004 season and beyond. The team strongly believes they have a lot to offer a potential sponsor. From a marketable driver, to solid equipment, and an experienced crew, a full time sponsor would allow the team to show their full strength, and return the sponsor with positive results and exposure.
The team hopes to compete at Chicagoland Speedway next month, followed by Michigan International Speedway in August. Chris, a Cedar Rapids, Iowa mentioned "Right now, our schedule is still up in the air, with the incident in Kentucky not aiding our bid, but we'll hope to get everything back on track, and return to the Busch Series very soon."
The NBS will embrace another stand alone event this Saturday night from the Milwaukee Mile.
The Alan Kulwicki 250 Presented by Forest County Potawatomi Racing is the 17th of 34 events on the 2004 NASCAR Busch Series schedule. Practice and qualifying are on the agenda this Saturday, June 26th with the race set to take the green flag that night. FX will air the event live beginning at 8:30PM EST, with MRN handling the airwaves starting at 8:30 PM EST. The race will also be available via XM radio channel 144 starting at 8:30pm.