Queen [City] For A Day...The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) heads home to the Queen City for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS) on May 16. Four-time NCWTS champion Ron Hornaday Jr. will make his 10th-career start at the mile-and-a-half quad-oval track in hopes of scoring his third-career win at the facility. In his nine previous events at CMS, Hornaday has earned two wins, six top fives, six top 10s, led 170 laps and has an average finish of 9.3.
Previous Race Recap...Hornaday finished eighth for Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) at Kansas Speedway on a wild Friday night of racing in the nation's heartland. Hornaday started the weekend out strong in the No. 30 Rheem Comfort Products Chevrolet, finishing 10th in the first practice session and 13th in final practice on Thursday. Hornaday and the NCWTS then tackled NASCAR's "knockout" qualifying format for the first time on Friday afternoon, earning the 14th starting position with a time of 30.862 seconds for Friday night's shootout. Before the field could complete the first lap, Hornaday was touched by another competitor in Turn 4, causing a multi-truck accident. Despite suffering damage, the No.30 team was able to make repairs to the Rheem Chevrolet and keep Hornaday on the lead lap. Hornaday settled into the top 15 after the restart and would maintain his position until Lap 57 when Hornaday was again involved in a multi-truck accident, bringing out the fifth caution of the day. Despite suffering damage, Hornaday and his TSM still remained on the lead lap and would restart P17. Hornaday would continue his march to the front, surviving five more cautions en route to an eighth-place finish for the Rheem Comfort Products Chevrolet.
This Week's Silverado...The No. 30 Rheem Comfort Products team will unload chassis TSM-604 for this weekend's race at CMS. TSM-604 made its on-track debut with Miguel Paludo behind the wheel last year at Phoenix International Raceway.
Gotta Have a Rheem...Rheem Manufacturing Company (www.rheem.com) is privately held with headquarters in Atlanta. In its 88th year of operation, the company manufactures a full line of high-quality residential and commercial heating and cooling systems; tank, tankless, solar, and heat pump water heaters; swimming pool heaters and commercial boilers throughout North America and world markets. The company's premium brands, including Raypak, Ruud and Rheem, have been recognized with countless industry and consumer awards for reliability, innovative design and high quality. Rheem is now in its eighth consecutive year as a NASCAR sponsor.
Watch and Listen...The North Carolina Education Lottery 200 can be seen live on Friday, May 16 on FOX Sports 1. Race coverage will begin at 8:00 p.m. EDT, and the event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Radio, channel 90.
Ron Hornaday Jr. on Racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway:
"Charlotte has been a pretty good track to me over the years. Turner Scott Motorsports has a really strong mile-and-a-half program, and we all had some really fast trucks in Kansas, so I think this can be a good race for TSM and the Rheem Comfort Products Chevrolet. We had a little bad luck last week in Kansas that kept us out of victory lane last week, so there's nothing I'd like more than to go back and win this one for everyone at Turner Scott Motorsports."