Ron Hornaday: The Restart King Wants To End His Winless Streak at Charlotte

Horn FanSenior Writer IMay 20, 2010

Ron Hornaday Jr. will have Longhorn Moist Snuff on his No. 33 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, for Friday night's NC Education Lottery 200.

While any track Horn has won at is his favorite, CMS, truth be told, actually is one of his favorite venues. He's won two of the last three races at the track.

He and Rowdy Busch are the only multiple winners in trucks at CMS.

Horn will be trying to end his 17-race winless streak. He'll have his Doug George-led crew bring their A game, and they'd love to get another win at Kevin Harvick Inc.'s home track.

He's known as the "King of Restarts" in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for his skill on restarts, and it's one of his many skills he's acquired racing a truck.

Horn's a 51 years young, wily veteran who owns 70 percent of the records in trucks, and just continues to rewrite it and adds new feats to add to the Truck Series record book.

It's a skill that he may just put to good use Friday night on a late caution for the win.

One thing to remember is that Horn and his No. 33 Longhorn team were the best on the 1.5-mile tracks last year.

Horn will be racing chassis No. 44 at Charlotte—it's a brand new and produced excellent numbers in the wind tunnel.

He won two of six races last season racing new chassis, and his owner Kevin Harvick won five of six races in new chassis over the past two seasons.

Horn should have another stout Chevrolet, be wicked fast, and should qualify top five—or we could see him pick up his first pole at CMS.

He should lead some laps, spend the majority of the race racing in the top five, and in the cosing laps will battle hard for the win.

We could see his crew chief, Doug George, use pit strategy and bring Horn to pit road on a late caution. Get four feel-good's (Goodyear) tires, then just charge his way to the lead and the win.


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