BUSCH: Nazareth: Ron Hornaday preview

Hornaday heads to Nazareth - Site of first career Busch Series victory * Remember that time at Nazareth...That was awesome! Ron Hornaday and the No. 2 ACDelco Chevrolet head to Nazareth (PA.) Speedway looking to build on the good runs he...

Hornaday heads to Nazareth - Site of first career Busch Series victory

* Remember that time at Nazareth...That was awesome!
Ron Hornaday and the No. 2 ACDelco Chevrolet head to Nazareth (PA.) Speedway looking to build on the good runs he has had at the track over the last few years. Hornaday captured his first career NASCAR Busch Series victory at the 1.0-mile triangle shaped track in 2000. Last year, Hornaday nearly went two-for-two, finishing third. Nazareth was the site of one of Hornaday's record 26 NASCAR Truck Series wins. Back in 1998, Hornaday led 144 of the 200 laps en route to victory. In his six races at Nazareth Speedway, he has only finished outside the top-five twice (see below).

* Please, no new paint schemes!
Nazareth Speedway was also the site of two agonizing races for Hornaday. In 1997, Hornaday drove a special gold No. 16 Chevy truck to commemorate his 1996 Truck Series championship. Late in the race, Hornaday crashed with Stacy Compton while leading and finished 24th. In 1999, Hornaday ran a Superman schemed truck to honor his 1998 NTS championship. But once again, victory was not to be. On the final restart of the race, Hornaday lost control of his Chevy in turn one and hit the outside wall. Through it all Hornaday learned a valuable lesson about racing at Nazareth. Don't bring a special paint job!

* Get a load of this!
The ACDelco transporter will unload chassis No. 032 at Nazareth Speedway. It is the same 1.5-inch drop snout car that the team ran at Gateway International Raceway last weekend. Despite breaking a transmission on lap 108 and finishing 28th, the ACDelco team was pleased with the car, as it qualified second and ran in the top-five until the problem developed.

No. 2 ACDelco Chevrolet driver Ron Hornaday on Nazareth Speedway

You have been so successful at Nazareth Speedway in the past. What's the key to running well at Nazareth Speedway?

"You just have to have a good setup under the car that is good everywhere. The track is so unique and every corner is different. It is impossible to be perfect in every corner. A lot of people think you need to have a car that's great in turn one, but then you give up elsewhere. The car needs to be right on the bottom and you have to have good forward grip off the corners. The rest is just knowing the track and hitting your marks."

You have won twice at Nazareth, once in the truck and once in the Busch car. When you look at the schedule, is this the best chance to get a win?

"The NASCAR Busch Series is so tough right now that I don't think you can pencil in a win anywhere. I really enjoy racing at Nazareth Speedway. It is probably one of my best tracks. But it is a very demanding track and things can go wrong in a heartbeat.

"We made a couple changes to the drop (drop snout) car that I think will really help us this weekend. We were good at Gateway, but it still needed just a little something. This car has that something. I think it will handle a lot better than last week, so I am very excited about this race."

You have dropped from second in points to sixth in just two races. How frustrating have the last two weeks been?

"They have been very frustrating. At both Richmond (crash) and Gateway (transmission), we had a top-five car when things went wrong. That's all part of racing and you have to finish what you start. But this team has turned the corner and we have been running up front and that's where everyone at RCR expected us to run. We hope we have the bad luck out of the way. Our qualifying package is as good as anyone's right now. You can see by running in the top-five that our race program is there. Now we need to put it all together and get a win. It's still early and this team is starting to gel. I really feel like if we can win one, we will win a bunch."

Ron Hornaday is currently sixth in the NASCAR Busch Series Point Standings. The No.2 ACDelco Chevrolet is 108 points out of first place.

-rcr/ac delco-

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Stacy Compton , Ron Hornaday Jr.