Ron Hornaday enters the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway this weekend as an underdog, even though he has 23 starts at the famous short track in the VirginiaMountains including one trip to victory lane. However, with the field being mired with rookie talent, the 55-year-old veteran isn’t getting the publicity he deserves.
“I’m really looking forward to getting back in the Rheem Comfort Products Chevrolet this weekend in Martinsville.” Hornaday explained via Turner Scott Motorsports PR. “I have to thank Steve Turner and Harry Scott Jr. for giving me the opportunity to go out and race this weekend.”
Hornaday, who has won the Camping World Truck Series championship four times, has an average finish of 11.0 at ‘The Paper Clip’ – which is remarkable for how many starts he has, and how difficult the track is to maneuver.
“The guys at Turner Scott Motorsports have worked hard during the off weeks to prepare me a great Silverado (for this weekend).” Hornaday furthered commented. “I really enjoy short-track racing and Martinsville is one of the best short tracks in the world.”
Track position during Saturday’s event will also be a huge factor, and Hornaday understands that – obviously a lot better then younger competitors considering he has more experience on the speedway. With track position being so vital, Hornaday is paying close attention to qualifying, especially with the new format.
“The new qualifying format at Martinsville should be a lot of fun for us and the fans.” Hornaday expressed. “I think if we can stay patient and work our way through traffic, we can come home with a great finish.”
This weekend, and the upcoming races, could be the final moments of Hornaday’s career – as he doesn’t have a full-time ride and is becoming older – making this weekend possibly his final opportunity to win a second Grandfather Clock at Martinsville.