Kevin Harvick Inc. Race Preview for the VFW 200 Truck Race
Ron Hornaday Jr. will have Longhorn on his No. 33 at Michigan for Saturday afternoon's VFW 200, and it's the final race for Longhorn in the Truck Series.
It's a bummer to see Longhorn Moist Snuff, part of the Swedish Match Company, have to leave due to the new FDA law and it's been an awesome ride with them.
They've sponsored Horn in 19 races; he's won four times with Longhorn brand on the truck, and they won the 2009 Championship together at Homestead.
Not many sponsors get the chance to achieve what Swedish Match did in such a short period.
So thank you, Swedish Match with your Longhorn brand, for being a sponsor with Kevin and Delana Harvick's KHI race team, and putting your brand on Horn's No. 33.
You guys are the best, sponsor-wise, and I just wish this relationship didn't have to end so soon.
Longhorn still has one more race with Horn, in the Nationwide Series at Road America, the June 19 Bucyrus 200 presented by Menards.
Elliot Sadler will be back in the No. 2 Grange Insurance with Copart.com and I've heard it's a pretty cool paint scheme.
Horn has made six starts at MIS. His best finish is seventh, and it's one of eight current tracks at which he has yet to win.
Sadler will be making his first start in the series at MIS. He's excited about it and it's one of his favorite tracks.
"I've had a tough last four years, so to be able to come back and run up front and compete with these guys is so much fun and it's great for my confidence," Sadler said.
"I've never really been able to get a handle on Michigan," Hornaday said.
Last year, Horn got into a accident early in the race and rebounded to finish seventh. He probably could've had a better finish had the wreck not happened.
"I'm looking forward to going back there with Doug [George]. He ran well with Kyle [Busch] last year, so I'm hoping he knows just what the truck needs to go fast."
Sadler will be racing chassis No. 045 this weekend; it's a brand new chassis making it's maiden voyage.
He'll have a really good truck, be fast, and should qualify top-10 or better.
Sadler will lead some laps; with a good truck he could challenge for the win and hopefully, he can turn his luck around.
Since his last two starts, he's had tire problems that took good finishes and turned them into bad days.
Horn will be racing chassis No. 44 this weekend. In it's last start, he finished third at Charlotte.
He not only has a stout truck at Michigan, but the best truck, and will have a shot to end his 19-race winless streak.
Horn should qualify top five, be amongst the lead pack, lead some laps, and with a good truck he could challenge for the win.
If it turns into pit strategy, then he has the edge with crew chief Doug George—since he's won with Busch using pit strategy.
But it's also a track where he could think big picture if the win isn't possible, and just settle for a top-five finish.
It should be a good day for Horn and Sadler, with both drivers battling for the win or for top-five finishes.
Sources for quotes and Photo Credit: kevinharvickinc.com
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