BUSCH: Nashville: Ron Hornaday preview

ACDelco Chevrolet set to "rock" Music City Hornaday looking for first Gibson guitar NOTES OF INTEREST: * STANDING ON THEIR OWN TWO FEET For the first time this season, the NASCAR Busch Series separates from the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup ...

ACDelco Chevrolet set to "rock" Music City
Hornaday looking for first Gibson guitar

NOTES OF INTEREST:

* STANDING ON THEIR OWN TWO FEET

For the first time this season, the NASCAR Busch Series separates from the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series (NNCS) for a stand alone event at Nashville Superspeedway. Don't expect all the "cup" drivers to stay away. With Easter weekend off on the NNCS schedule, many of the "busch-whackers" will make their way to Nashville. That doesn't bother ACDelco Chevrolet driver Ron Hornaday. "I like racing with the 'cup' guys. You know what to expect when you are racing them. Our ACDelco team is as good as any team out there, so they don't bother me at all."

* WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES

Last year Hornaday and his No. 2 ACDelco Monte Carlo entered the Nashville weekend third in points, just 69 markers out of first and gaining momentum. But this year, Hornaday is 13th in points, 177 points out of the top spot. With only one top-10 in the last four races, Hornaday feels like this is the weekend to right the ship. "Our finishes haven't shown just how good this team is," said Hornaday. "We have been a top-five or top-10 car all year long. We have just had some bad luck in each race. I think we will be a top-five car at Nashville when we unload. We just have to put together a full race."

* TESTING RESULTS

The ACDelco Racing team tested at Nashville Superspeedway on Tuesday, March 30th. The team worked on basic chassis setups in an effort to find a better feel for Hornaday. "Ron likes the front of the car to do the work," said crew chief Butch Hylton. "The trend right now is to use the back to turn, but he doesn't like that feel at all. He likes to turn the wheel. So, we really just worked on finding the right feel." The afternoon portion of the test was cancelled due to rain. It was the second time the ACDelco team had their Nashville test cancelled due to weather.

* WHAT YA' HAULIN'?

The ACDelco transporter will unload chassis No. 29. It is the first time this year that Hornaday has driven this car. Johnny Sauter drove it to a third place finish at Memphis (TN.) Motorsports Park last year. It is also the same car that Hornaday tested just one week ago in Nashville, TN.

-rcr-

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Ron Hornaday Jr. , Johnny Sauter