Hornaday holds advantage in historic race
August 29, 2013, NASCAR Wire Service, NASCAR.com
With prior road course experience, Hornaday plans on showing the young guns the ropes
This weekend the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park will host a rare Sunday NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event – the Chevrolet Silverado 250 (1:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1).
However rare it is for the truck series to compete on Sundays, the race being held on a road course and north of the border are rarer. The series makes its inaugural visit to Canada and will compete on a road course for the first time since 2000.
No drivers entered in Sunday’s race competed in the last truck road-race event on June 24, 2000, at Watkins Glen, which was won by Greg Biffle, who went on the win the series title last that season.
Although Ron Hornaday Jr. missed the 2000 race at The Glen – his last road race in the truck series was there in 1999 – he has more truck series experience on road courses than the rest of the field combined. Matter of fact, the four-time NASCAR Camping World Truck champion (1996, 1998, 2007, 2009) is the only driver with experience competing on road-course tracks in the series.
In 14 races on road courses in the series, Hornaday has amassed three wins, nine top-five and 11 top-10 finishes, three poles and an average finishing position of 8.2. He’s finished first at three different tracks – Heartland Park Topeka (1995), Sonoma Raceway (1995) and Watkins Glen (1996).
In all four events he’s started at The Glen, he finished in the top five. In all five events he’s appeared in at Heartland Park he’s finished in the top 10. His lowest finish in all 14 races was a 27th-place performance in his only event at Portland International Raceway.