BUSCH: Nashville: Ron Hornaday preveiw

Hornaday returns to Nashville in search of elusive Gibson guitar * Back to the Future Ron Hornaday and the No. 2 ACDelco Chevrolet return to Nashville Superspeedway looking to improve on their 16th place finish back in April. The...

Hornaday returns to Nashville in search of elusive Gibson guitar

* Back to the Future

Ron Hornaday and the No. 2 ACDelco Chevrolet return to Nashville Superspeedway looking to improve on their 16th place finish back in April. The team battled an "aero-tight" condition during the spring race, which prompted the team to bring a new car to the 1.33-mile superspeedway this week. "We finally got the car good near the end of the race, but we had lost too much track position," said Hornaday. He finished the race one lap down to the winner, David Green.

* "Juke Box Hero"

So far in 2003, Hornaday's attempts at winning a guitar have been squandered. He failed to capture the Gibson guitar at Nashville Superspeedway in April and then just missed a Taylor guitar for winning the pole at Nazareth (PA) Speedway, where he qualified third. The guitar trophy has become an important goal in Hornaday's career. Hornaday's daughter Amanda (17), a talented pianist, has picked up playing guitar and nothing would make him more happy than having a trophy the whole family could enjoy. "I have never wanted to win a trophy more in my racing career," said Hornaday. "I really want the Sam Bass (designed) guitar!"

* "Here he comes...Eyes on him"

The ACDelco Chevrolet has really improved the qualifying efforts over the last six races. After just three top-10 starts in the first eight races, Hornaday has now qualified in the top-10, six consecutive times. The last time the team qualified outside the top-10 was at Nashville Superspeedway in April, where he qualified 14th.

* Four Hornaday NBS starts on the wall. Take one down...drive it around

This weekend's Nashville 300 marks Hornaday's 97th start in the NASCAR Busch Series. Hornaday is scheduled to make his 100th start July 4th, 2003, at Daytona International Speedway.

No. 2 ACDelco Chevrolet driver Ron Hornaday on Nashville Superspeedway

What has the ACDelco team done differently for the return trip to Nashville Superspeedway?

"We are bringing a different car that I know will be a lot better on race day. We really have learned a great deal since that race. I think Rick (Viers) and the guys have learned my driving style now and so the setups we put under the car really suit my style. This is a much better race team coming to Nashville. On a scale of one to ten, last April we were a six. This time I think we are a nine. We aren't quite a ten yet, but I think we are very close. And I owe it all to the guys on this ACDelco team. They have been working their guts out and it is really paying off."

Ron Hornaday is currently fifth in the NASCAR Busch Series Point Standings. The No.2 ACDelco Chevrolet is 150 points out of first place.

-rcr/ac delco-

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Ron Hornaday Jr. , David Green