BUSCH: Milwaukee: Ron Hornaday race report

Hornaday has stellar performance in Milwaukee. Milwaukee, WI (June 30, 2002) Ron Hornaday and the No. 26 Dr Pepper Chevrolet team notched a fourth place finish this weekend in the GNC Live Well 250 at the Milwaukee Mile. In Bud Pole qualifying...

Hornaday has stellar performance in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee, WI (June 30, 2002) Ron Hornaday and the No. 26 Dr Pepper Chevrolet team notched a fourth place finish this weekend in the GNC Live Well 250 at the Milwaukee Mile.

In Bud Pole qualifying on Saturday, Hornaday was fifteenth fast, improving on earlier practice session speeds by almost four tenths of a second. During the final practice session, he was seventh fastest and afterward indicated the car would perform up to par for the event.

When the race started, Hornaday reported a loose condition when the Dr Pepper car was turning off the corner. The first time Hornaday brought the No. 26 onto pit road was lap 50. The "Dr Pepper Thirst Crew" changed four tires, taking 1 lbs of air pressure out of the right rear tire, and adding fuel.

On lap 55, Hornaday radioed to the crew saying he was loose everywhere. He stayed out on the track until a caution on lap 116 allowed the team to make another air pressure adjustment to the right rear tire and change four tires. The Dr Pepper team sent Hornaday back out onto the track in the 4th position.

After the race Hornaday said, "I'm really proud of this Dr Pepper team. We just got tight on that last run and couldn't catch the top three guys. The guys worked hard all day long in the pits and really got this car handling better. We were pretty loose earlier in the day. I think we got pretty lucky a couple of times. This was a great finish for the Dr Pepper Chevrolet team. We needed this finish and hopefully it boosted their confidence."

Next weekend the NASCAR Busch Series heads to Daytona International Speedway for the inaugural running of the GNC Live Well/Stacker2 250 on July 5, 2002. The event will be televised live on FX and broadcast live on MRN Radio at 7:30 p.m. EST.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Ron Hornaday Jr.