Four-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) champion, Ron Hornaday has 51 wins to his resume, yet there are still eight tracks on the 2012 schedule that have eluded him including the 0.875-mile track of Iowa Speedway.
In eight starts this season, Hornaday has three top-10 and six top-15 finishes. The series veteran has an average start of 11.625, an average finish of 12.625 and has led five laps en route to one top-five (Charlotte) and three top-10 finishes.
Success in America’s Heartland… Hornaday has three starts at Iowa Speedway since the series started visiting the Midwestern track in 2009. Owned by Rusty Wallace and modeled after Richmond International Raceway, Hornaday has completed 94.2 percent of laps attempted (570 of 605) and has earned one top-five finish (2009) at the speedway.
In The Loop… According to NASCAR’s loop data statistics, Hornaday has the following stats at Iowa:
A driver rating of 83.4, ranking him tenth overall and seventh among active NCWTS drivers
Ranked 12th in average running position (15.7), tenth among active NCWTS drivers
Sixth in fastest laps run with 15
Seventh in laps in the top-15 with 344
This Week’s No. 9 Anderson’s Maple Syrup Chevrolet… Hornaday will pilot chassis No. 03 in this weekend’s American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway. This is the same Joe Denette Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado that Hornaday piloted to a 12th-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in June.
Sweet Stuff… Anderson’s Pure Maple Syrup has added two races to their 2012 schedule with Ron Hornaday and Joe Denette Motorsports and the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway is one of them. The third-generation, family-owned and operated business was on board the No. 9 Chevrolet at Daytona in February and Dover in May. The Northwood, Wisconsin-based partner will once again be on board with Hornaday at Chicagoland Speedway later this month, Bristol Motor Speedway (August), Talladega Superspeedway (October) and Phoenix International Raceway (November).
Rearview Mirror-Kentucky… Hornaday started 11th and finished ninth in the UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway last month, marking the team’s third top-10 finish of the 2012 season.
Get to the Point… Hornaday is up to eighth in the 2012 NCWTS driver point standings heading into the NCWTS event this weekend, just 19 points out of fifth and 53 points behind leader, Timothy Peters.
Ron Hornaday, Jr. on Iowa: “Iowa is one of the eight tracks on the circuit I don’t have a win at. It would be really special to conquer this track personally but also for Joe (Denette). I’ve been able to take each owner I’ve driven for to victory lane and it would be extra special to do that for Joe. He wants to win, bad, and I believe we have all the right people in place to make that happen. I want to thank Anderson’s Maple Syrup for stepping up this weekend to support us. They have been a tremendous asset to JDM this year and we look forward to ‘sweet success’ in Iowa.”
Crew chief, Jeff Hensley on Iowa: “Iowa Speedway is a racers track. It was built and designed by a racer and it’s a great facility for the series. It was designed similar to Richmond International Raceway which, unfortunately, the series doesn’t visit but it’s a track that I always enjoyed going to. Iowa is the same way. I’ve always run well at Iowa but I don’t have the finishes to show for it. I feel like we are on the right track with everything at JDM and I would love to take this team to victory lane and this weekend would be a great time to do just that!”
Tune In… Qualifying will air live on SPEED at 6:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 14 and the ninth event on the 2012 NCWTS schedule is slated for an 8:30 p.m. ET start. For even more coverage including live practice updates you can tune into SiriusXM NASCAR channel 90 or follow us on Twitter: www.Twitter.com/TeamJDM924.