Ron Hornaday Jr.'s Heading to Martinsville with Winning on His Mind

Horn FanSenior Writer IOctober 22, 2009

Can you blame him? After all, Martinsville Speedway awards its race winners with a very cool looking grandfather clock and Horn's been chomping at the bit to win one for his trophy room.

Ron Hornaday has made 14 starts at the track in the series, has compiled five top fives, eight top 10 finishes, one pole, and has led 177 laps.

His best finish was second—this past spring—but his best race was in 2008, when he dominated and led 154 laps before miscalculating a fuel mileage and finished 29th.

With how Horn has been the man on the short tracks this season in the series, the Oct. 24 Kroger 200 could be the race that he breaks through to victory lane.

It had to be tough for the wily veteran to sit patiently, waiting three weeks to race. He had to be licking his chops, eager to get to Martinsville and get it on.

"Well at my age, you don't want to stop right now," said the 51-year-old Hornaday.

"I mean this is a lot of fun. You're in the game right now, we want to keep on playing it. We've just got to keep racing. If it's five weeks off or three weeks off, it's the same. It seems like an eternity. We're trying to stay focused. We're getting ready for Martinsville."

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In the five of six short track races run this year, Horn has picked up two wins (at ORP and Memphis), a second at Martinsville, third at Bristol, and a fourth at Iowa.

When you look at the loop data statistics from the races, he sits No. 1 with a driver rating of 130.3, an average running position of 3.8, has run 150 fastest laps, and led 272 laps.

"I've been coming here for a while now and for some reason, we just can't seem to break through and get the checkers," said Hornaday.

"It would mean a lot to win at Martinsville. It's one of those tracks we've been coming to since the Truck Series started in 1995, and finally add my name to the list of legends who have won there would mean a lot to me."

Horn will be racing chassis No. 033 this weekend. In its last race at Bristol, the truck came home in third.

He should unload with a stout truck, qualify well, and being on a short track, we could see another dominating performance from him and see him finally claim his first win at historic Martinsville.

I'm just hoping for a mistake-free race by Horn. While a win would be awesome, I'll be happy with another top five finish with Hornaday gaining points on both Crafton and Skinner.

Photo Credit: racingone.com

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