Hornaday Versus Busch: The Rubber Match at Charlotte for Bragging Rights
Let's get ready to rummmmmble......
Ladies and Gentlemen, in this corner, we have the challenger Rowdy Busch, AKA "Wild Thing", in the number 18 Z-Line/Toyota Tundra Toyota.
Making his way to the ring, we have the defending race winner Ron Hornaday Jr., AKA "the Professor", in the number 33 Longhorn Moist Snuff Chevrolet.
This is the rubber match for bragging rights in their Charlotte Motor Speedway rivalry.
They've won four of the last five Truck races at the track with two wins a piece.
Only Matt Crafton in 2008 was able to crash the Rowdy-Horn party and break through for his first career win in the series.
Busch's two wins come in a Chevrolet Silverado. Hornaday's two Charlotte wins also saw him hoist the championship trophy at season's end.
Both drivers have some advantages. Busch will have his Director of Competition Rick Ren to help him prepare a wicked fast Tundra and help from Toyota.
Horn will be driving a Silverado, the dominating manufacture at CMS. He'll be breaking in a brand new KHI chassis and he has crew chief Doug George who knows a few tricks from Rowdy to tweak it better.
Who's going to win this epic battle?
Who will celebrate the win in the NC Education Lottery 200?
You will just have to tune into Speed TV on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. for the Set-Up show with Krista for more trivia on this rivalry and then the 8 p.m. race start.
All I can tell you is that I'll be cheering for Horn, but it will be exciting watching these two battle fender on fender for 134 laps and bragging rights.
And I seriously doubt we'll see anyone rain on the Rowdy-Horn party that will take place in victory lane depending on which one wins.
It'll be a clean, fair fight and the one with the best truck in the closing laps will win.
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