Ron Hornaday: King of the Concrete Tracks Wants Another Sam Bass Guitar

Horn FanSenior Writer IMarch 31, 2010

Ron Hornaday is known in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as the "Concrete King" for his skill at driving on concrete tracks in the series.

He's even completed the trifecta, winning on all three of the current tracks on the schedule—Nashville Superspeedway, then Bristol Motor Speedway, and finally Dover International Speedway.

"Concrete is just more sensitive than asphalt. If the temperature takes a dramatic shift then you will have to adjust your setup, but for the most part, the tracks just seem to have more grip than asphalt tracks," said Hornaday.

Arguably the coolest and most unique trophy in NASCAR is given out by Nashville Superspeedway. The winner of the race is awarded a one-of-a-kind hand-painted Sam Bass Les Paul Guitar.

In 2009, Horn—after years of trying—finally won one. It has some history and is now hanging in his trophy room.

He won his fifth consecutive race at Nashville last August, a feat that hadn't been accomplished in 38 years. Horn became only the third driver ever to do it.

He joined Hall of Famer Richard Petty and Bobby Allison.

Horn is looking to become the first in the series to repeat as winner at Nashville and he's also the favorite based on his team's 1.5-mile performance last season.

He'll be racing chassis No. 037 at Nashville. It's a very stout truck. In 2009, the chassis led 1,001 laps and had an average start and finishing position of 3.0. 

With Nashville being a one-day affair, it gives Horn and his No. 33 Longhorn team an advantage considering how well he drives on concrete tracks.  

Horn will have a very fast Silverado, and he should qualify top-five or better, if not already leading. He'll be challenging for the win in the closing laps and we may just see him dominate the race.

Of course for Hornaday Nation, it would be a sweet deal to see him dump the boss for a win or just ignore "Melonhead" Harvick's team orders this week.


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