Ron Hornaday's Ready To Get Back To His Winning Ways at Atlanta

Horn FanSenior Writer IMarch 3, 2010

JOLIET, IL- AUGUST 28: Ron Hornaday looks on during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 225 on August 28, 2009 at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has been off the last two weeks since the Daytona race on Feb. 11.

Ron Hornaday, at 52 years young, has had enough of this sitting around and is itching to get back to track racing.

It's been an eventful break for Hornaday and his No. 33 Longhorn team, as they saw new crew chief Dave Fuge released after just one race. Doug George moved over to the team to replace Fuge and let's hope all is good now.

Or at least I do.

According to, statistically it doesn't look good for Horn in regards to repeating as champion. In the last 10 years, only Mike Bliss (in 2002) won the title after finishing outside of the top 15 at Daytona.

Guess they forgot it's a 25 race season, not just one race, and statistics are meant to be beaten.

But history does show that you can't count Horn out and if anyone can beat the statistics, he's the man that can.

The trucks are heading to Atlanta, the site of his first win for KHI in 2005 as well as being a track where the team does well set-up wise with his trucks.

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Should Horn have a top-five finish or maybe even beat the Boss and Rowdy Busch for the win, it should put him back sitting top 10 in the point standings.

Of course, I'm comparing it to what Jimmie Johnson did—winning at Fontana after a bad Daytona—and being 12th in points after that race.

It does help that Horn loves racing on the 1.54 mile quad oval.

"The big racing groove doesn't hurt, either," said Hornaday.

"At first glance it's just another 'cookie cutter' track, but it's not. It's a track with—the aging asphalt, the tires Goodyear brings, the atmosphere, and the fans. The track is so wide, the way the banking is, and the way you come off Turn 4—I don't know why it makes for good racing, but everybody seems to like [Atlanta]."

Horn will be driving chassis No. 40 at Atlanta. It's the same truck that Kevin Harvick drove to Victory Lane at Homestead.

It's safe to say that he'll unload with a stout Chevrolet, which should be fast enough to sweep both practices on Friday and qualify top five for the race.

Horn should run up front all day, and if he has a decent-handling truck in the closing laps, he should challenge for the win or pick up at least a top five finish.

I don't think we'll see any problems with the team. At Daytona after the wreck, Horn praised the No. 33 team on how hard they worked fixing the truck, never giving up, and proved that's why they are a championship-caliber team.

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