Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Ron Hornaday Jr. goes for sixth straight NASCAR Truck Series win
Ron Hornaday Jr. will look to extend his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series record for consecutive wins tonight at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee.
Hornaday has won five straight Truck Series races, the most recent coming two weeks ago at Nashville Superspeedway.
“I have to keep pinching myself,” said Hornaday, a former Saugus Speedway champ. “In one sense I really cannot believe the run were having, but at the same time I know how hard this team works and how much effort they put in to each race. We are just fortunate that luck, the racing gods or whatever it is, stays on our side. I’m just really thankful for everything we’ve been blessed with so far this season. We will continue to work hard and try to be consistent and ride it out as long as it will go.”
He also has a Truck Series record 45 career wins and has won two Truck Series races at Bristol. He won back-to-back races in 1997 and 1998. The truck his team is bringing to Bristol is the same truck that won at O’Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis in July. It was Hornaday’s fourth win in his five-race winning streak.
“Before they ground the track it was all about keeping your truck on the bottom of the race track,” said Hornaday, driver of the No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado for Kevin Harvick Inc. “Now, it is about passing. If you can get your truck to work in the upper groove then you will probably leave the majority of the competition behind. I still like running the bottom, but you have to make your bumper pretty wide if you are going to do that. You just have to make sure the truck turns really well through each turn and the main thing at Bristol is to keep your eyes open at all times and be very aware of what is happening around you. Having a good spotter at Bristol makes all the difference. Rick Carelli (spotter) and I have worked together for many years and I’m confident he is watching every move that each truck is making, he keeps me pretty well informed.”
Photo: From left, SPEED Channel's Krista Voda, three-time NCWTS champion Ron Hornaday Jr., and Kevin Harvick Inc. teammate Ricky Carmichael kick off a visit to the Iowa State Fair by visiting Buddy The Boar, the Fair's largest boar. Buddy weighed in at a whopping 1,117 pounds. The inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race is at Iowa Speedway on Sept. 5. (Photo Credit: NASCAR PR)