Originally written May 16, 2012 on Start 'N' Park Blog:
This entry of news and notes for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 from Charlotte focuses in on Joe Denette Motorsports driver Ron Hornaday, Jr. and his #9 Chevrolet. Hornaday is coming off a 6th place finish at Kansas.  Fast & Fun Facts…
  • Ron Hornaday is one of five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) winners at Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS)
  • Hornaday is one of only two active drivers that have been to victory lane at the 1.5-mile quad-oval.
  • Chevrolet has won six of the nine NCWTS events at CMS
  • Hornaday will no longer have to qualify his No. 9 Chevrolet into the 36-truck field on time. Starting at Charlotte, the 2012 NCWTS points will take effect and Hornaday, now seventh in points, is locked in.
Home Sweet Home… In seven NCWTS starts at CMS, Hornaday has two wins and five top-five finishes. The four-time series Champion has led 169 laps with an average start of 6.6, average finish of 7.0 and has completed 99.9 percent of laps attempted (945 of 946). This Week’s No. 9 Chevrolet… Hornaday will pilot chassis No. 06 in this weekend’s N.C. Education Lottery 200. This is the same Joe Denette Motorsports chassis that Hornaday piloted to the team’s first top-10 finish, sixth, at Kansas Speedway last month. This chassis was a workhorse for Jason White in 2011. Most notably, White piloted this chassis to a season-best finish of fifth at Kentucky Speedway and a 16th-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway in August after leading the field for 43 laps. Elliott Sadler also drove this chassis to a seventh-place finish in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In The Loop… According to NASCAR’s loop data statistics, Hornaday has the following stats at CMS:
  • Hornaday      has a driver rating of 115.1; first overall
  • First      among average running position (6.088)
  • First      among fastest laps run with 100
  • First      among laps in the top-15 with 855
  • First      among laps led with 169
Testing 1, 2, 3, Testing… Hornaday participated in a two-day Chevrolet test at Nashville Superspeedway with his No. 9 Joe Denette Motorsports team on April 30 and May 1, 2012. Rearview Mirror-Kansas… Hornaday, who made his eighth start at Kansas Speedway in last month’s SFP 250, rebounded from a lap 42 spin to finish sixth. This was the sophomore team’s first top-10 finish of the season. Get to the Point… Hornaday has been working on an upward charge in the point’s battle since Daytona. The series veteran is up to seventh in the 2012 NCWTS driver point standings, 11 points outside the top-five. Joe Denette, owner of the No. 9 Chevrolet, is up four positions to seventh in the 2012 NCWTS owner point standings. Hornaday on Charlotte: ”We have done some testing, found a few things and the boys have been working hard making updates on our intermediate trucks, getting the drag out and getting good down force. We weren’t far off, but I feel like these changes will put us back in the hunt. Each week we have progressed, it’s just a matter of time before Joe gets that elusive first victory and I hope to get it for him in Charlotte. Night racing brings an exciting element to the mix and night racing at Charlotte is like no other.” Crew chief, Jeff Hensley on Charlotte: ”Charlotte Motor Speedway is just one of those race tracks that you always want to win on, it’s close to home and you always want to look good and put on a good show for the fans in your own back yard. Charlotte is a one-day show for us so the track tends to go through many changes from the morning practice sessions to the race that night. The track is hot and slick during the day and it cools down and has a lot of grip for the race at night. I believe experience will be critical here for that reason.” Hornaday’s NCWTS Stats:
Starts: 304
Top-5: 146
Top-10: 209
Poles: 27
Wins: 51
Laps Led: 9,529
Average Start:8.3
Average Finish: 9.3
Laps: 49,140 Tune In… Final practice for the N.C. Education Lottery 200 will be televised live on SPEED, Friday May 18 at 10:20 a.m. ET, Qualifying will air live on SPEED at 4:00 p.m. ET and the fifth event of the 2012 NCWTS season is slated to kick-off at 7:30 p.m. ET on SPEED. For even more coverage you can tune into SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90. Follow Me… Follow Ron on Twitter, www.Twitter.com/RonHornaday (@RonHornaday) or log-on to www.JoeDenetteMotorsports.com for all the latest news and updates on the No. 9 Chevrolet.

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