Ron Hornaday NCWTS Preview: Michigan International Speedway
Head For The Hills...The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) heads to the Irish Hills of Michigan for the Careers for Veterans 200 at Michigan International Speedway (MIS). Hornaday has 10 previous starts at the 2.0-mile D-shaped oval, with a best finish of fourth in 2010. In the 1,004 laps run in the last 10 events at MIS, Hornaday has turned all but four, giving him a laps completed ratio of 99.6-percent.
Taking Stock...With the first half of the 2014 season behind him, Hornaday has racked up some strong stats. In the first 11 races of the 22-race season, the California native has earned three top fives, eight top 10s and led 85 laps, giving him an average finish of 9.2 and the fourth spot in the NCWTS Driver Point Standings.
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This Week's Silverado...The No. 30 Rheem Comfort Products team will unload chassis TSM-602 for this weekend's race at Michigan International Speedway. This is the same truck that Tayler Malsam drove to a fifth-place finish at Kansas Speedway earlier this year.
Previous Race Recap...Hornaday made his fifth NCWTS start at Pocono Raceway, looking for his first win at one of the few tracks he had yet to conquer. After top-15 times in the weekend's two practice sessions, Hornaday made it to the second round of knockout qualifying in the No. 30 Rheem Comfort Products Chevy, earning the 14th starting spot. After several late-race cautions leading to an overtime green/white/checkered shootout, Hornaday was able to work his way up from 15th in the closing laps to take the checkered flag in the seventh position for Turner Scott Motorsports.
Watch and Listen...The Careers for Veterans 200 can be seen live on Saturday, August 16 at 12:00 p.m. EDT on FOX Sports 1. The event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 90.
Ron Hornaday Jr. on Racing at Michigan International Speedway
"Michigan is one of those places I'd really like to conquer. I've been consistent there in the past, but never really dominated a race. I know that Turner Scott Motorsports has run really well at Michigan in the past and this No. 30 team has been in victory lane there before. Hopefully we can have a strong run and mark this track off the list of places I haven't won yet."
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