Kevin Harvick Inc. Preview and Notes Prior To The O'Reilly Auto Parts 250
Ron Hornaday Jr. will have Longhorn back on his No. 33 at Kansas for Sunday afternoon's O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 and he's looking to become the first two-time winner at the track.
Ken Shrader will help out Kevin Harvick Inc. at Kansas and will be in the No. 2 E-Z-Go Chevrolet.
Horn won his third straight pole at the track Saturday afternoon with a lap speed of 169.194 miles per hour. He also won the happy hour practice. It's the first time he's done that in his storied career.
It's his second pole of the season and 25th of his legendary career. Horn also is the only one to win at Kansas from the pole in 2008 and was where KHI picked up it's first one-two finish.
Schrader qualified 12th, but looked good in practice being ninth fastest in the first practice and eighth fastest in the final practice.
For Kevin Harvick Inc., it's golden oldies retro weekend at Kansas. As they are featuring their oldest line-up ever in the Truck Series with Ken Schrader in the No. 2 at 54 years young and Horn at 51 years young.
Just kidding, but it's awesome to see Schrader in a really good truck and hope this leads to more races for him.
Horn's No. 33 and Schrader's No. 2 will be carrying a special decal for Jaret's Angels and it's a pretty cool deal honoring a great organization.
This year marks the organization's 10th anniversary. Jaret's Angels is a family-and-friend support group for 11-year old Jaret Arneson, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (better known as juvenile diabetes) and they raised $100,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Jaret also will be planning his annual Walk to Cure Diabetes later today in Charlotte.
One of the keys to having a decent day at Kansas is surviving turn three. Which gets slippery when the sun is out and the track temperature gets hot.
Schrader will be racing chassis No. 042 and have the better Silverado. When you consider Kevin Harvick drove it to victory at Atlanta and finished second at Nashville earlier this season.
He's excited to be driving for KHI, no doubt he'll be tough in stout equipment and figure he'll battle his way to top-10 finish.
Now Horn will be racing chassis No. 040 and it's still a stout Silverado. Harvick won with this truck at Homestead last season, then Horn wrecked it at Atlanta and it's been totally rebuilt.
Horn will either dominate the race or lead part of it and he'll challenge for the win in the closing laps. If he's not already leading.
It should be a good day for both, as Horn should be top-four in driver points and Schrader will keep it close owner point wise with Peters at Kansas.
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