Hornaday to pull double duty at Dover speedway

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“Our sport is really about surrounding yourself with good people,” said Hornaday, a former Saugus Speedway champ from Palmdale. “I’ve got a great relationship with Wally and that really helps when we get to the track and work on the car, but more importantly Kevin and DeLana (Harvick) have done a great job at KHI surrounding all the teams with great people, and that really makes it a privilege for me to drive their equipment.” Hornaday will be entered in the NASCAR Truck Series and Busch Series races this weekend at Dover. The Truck Series race is tonight. The Busch Series race is Saturday. “Well I’ve done doubles before, so I’ve got that experience to go off of,” said Hornaday, a two-time Truck Series champion. “My boss Kevin pulls a double every weekend so I can always get some advice from him.” Harvick, a driver from Bakersfield, races for Richard Childress Racing on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and Busch Series. Hornaday will be entered in the No. 33 Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the Busch Series race. His last start on the Busch Series came at Richmond International Raceway on May 5, when he finished 14th. With his win at Mansfield, Hornaday moved up to 13th in the Truck Series points standings. It was also his second straight top-five finish. He did not record a top-10 finish in his first five Truck Series races of the year. “Hopefully a little momentum will carry over after a couple of rough weeks here lately,” Rogers said. “The guys always respond well to Ron, and Dover is a good track for him. We’re all excited to get to the track this weekend.” Indy Racing League: Valencia’s Bryan Herta won’t have long to dwell on the worst Indianapolis 500 finish of his career. Herta finished 20th in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500, the first time he has been outside the top-five in his three years with Andretti Green Racing. The Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix in New York is Sunday and Herta is anxious to return to road course racing. “With this being our second trip to Watkins Glen, I think the XM Satellite Radio team will be ready to challenge for a win,” said Herta, a Hart High of Newhall graduate. “We’re obviously disappointed with our finish at the Indianapolis 500. However, we’re still in seventh place in the championship and there are 10 races left for us to move closer to the top.” This will be the second road course event of the year. Herta finished fourth in the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in Florida. “We had a good car on our only other road course this year and I’m confident we’ll be there again,” Herta said. Irwindale Speedway: The last time the NASCAR Super Late Models were at Irwindale Speedway, Todd Southwell had his best race of the season since opening night. The Canyon High graduate finished fifth to record his second top-five of the year. He was third in the opening night race. He enters Saturday night’s race ninth in points, 55 behind Dan Moore of Sun Valley. Rod Johnson of Canyon Country is fifth in points in the Super Late Model standings. Cory Fancy of Canyon Country is 11th and Kevin Wood of Saugus is 19th. The NASCAR Super Stocks, Mini Stocks, West Coast Pro Trucks and Legend Cars are schedule to race tonight at Irwindale Speedway. Gates open at 4 p.m. Races start at 7. Tim Haddock covers motors sports for the Daily News. He can be reached at [email protected] or (818) 713-3715. NASCAR BUSCH SERIES StonebridgeRacing.com 200 Site: Dover, Del. Schedule: Saturday, qualifying (Speed Channel, 9 a.m.), race (FX, noon). Track: Dover Downs International Speedway (oval, 1 mile, 24 degrees banking in turns). Race distance: 200 miles, 200 laps. Last race: Carl Edwards passed Casey Mears on a restart with six laps to go to win the Carquest Auto Parts 300 at Concord, N.C. Last year: Martin Truex Jr. bided his time until the handling on Kevin Harvick’s car went away, then passed him for the lead with 70 laps to go and eventually drove away to an easy victory in the MBNA 200 at Dover International Speedway. Fast facts: Edwards’ win made Nextel Cup regulars a perfect 13-for-13 in Busch races this season. Todd Kleuver was ninth at Concord, the highest finishing Busch driver. … Clint Bowyer, who came into the race second in the points standings, crashed early in last week’s race, so Harvick now has a 348-point lead over Edwards. … Jamie McMurray and Tony Stewart went to the hospital for further evaluation following separate accidents in last week’s race. They both were released after short checkups. Next race: Federated Auto Parts 300, June 10, Lebanon, Tenn. On the Net: www.nascar.com NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES AAA Insurance 200 Site: Dover, Del. Schedule: Today, qualifying, 7:15 a.m., race (Speed Channel, 5 p.m.) Track: Dover Downs International Speedway (oval, 1 mile, 24 degrees banking in turns). Race distance: 200 miles, 200 laps. Last race: Ron Hornaday Jr. won the City of Mansfield 250 for his series-record 28th career victory, while former baseball star Mike Greenwell finished 26th in his NASCAR debut. Last year: Kyle Busch got a huge break and won for the second week in a row after an error on pit road took dominant Ron Hornaday out of contention at Dover International Speedway. Hornaday led all but 13 of the first 112 laps and 134 of 200 overall. But he was forced to pit a second time after a caution because of a missing lugnut with 50 laps to go. Fast facts: Dennis Setzer is expected to start in his 200th career truck event this weekend. Rick Crawford, Jack Sprague and Terry Cook are the only other drivers to reach that mark. … Kurt Busch edged Greg Biffle by .210 seconds to win the inaugural event in 2000. … Dover is the first of three concrete tracks the series will compete on this season. The others are Nashville on Aug. 12 and Bristol on Aug. 23. Next race: Forth Worth 400, June 9, Texas. INDY RACING LEAGUE Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix Site: Watkins Glen, N.Y. Schedule: Saturday, qualifying, 9:20 a.m.; Sunday, race (ABC, 12:30 p.m.) Track: Watkins Glen International (permanent road course, 3.4 miles, 11 turns). Race distance: 204 miles, 60 laps. Last race: Sam Hornish Jr. overcame a big mistake in the pits and a pair of Andrettis to win the Indianapolis 500. Hornish was penalized a lap late in the race for leaving his pit with the fuel hose still connected. Somehow, he found himself back on the lead lap and in fourth, trailing Michael Andretti, his 19-year-old son, Marco, and Scott Dixon with two laps to go. A late caution flag then set up one of the most dramatic finishes in Indy history. In a last-second move, Hornish whipped around Marco Andretti on the final straightaway and won the second-closest Indy, by .0635 seconds. Last year: Dan Wheldon celebrated his first IRL title and Scott Dixon won the inaugural Indy Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, N.Y. Wheldon secured the title when the race became official at the halfway point, the start of lap 31. Fast facts: Hornish has an IRL-best 15 career victories, and he’s won about $10 million, including the record $1.74 million winner’s share at Indianapolis. He has 61 top-10 finishes, including 38 in the top three, in his 89 career IndyCar Series races. … Helio Castroneves was the top qualifier last year, but finished 12th in the race. … Last year’s race finished under caution. Next race: Bombardier 500, June 10, Fort Worth, Texas. On the Net: www.indycar.com – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Fresh off his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series win of the year, Ron Hornaday Jr. will pull double duty this weekend at Dover International Speedway in Delaware. Hornaday, driver of the No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado for Kevin Harvick Inc., won the Truck Series race Saturday at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway in Ohio. It was the 28th career win for Hornaday, the most of any driver on the Truck Series. It was also the first win of the season for Hornaday’s crew chief Wally Rogers. last_img

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