Hornaday Looks For Turnaround

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Ron Hornaday is hoping a return to Martinsville Speedway will change the fortunes of the defending series champion who has gotten off to a slow start in the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season.

But it may not be easy.

In fifteen career starts at the tight Virginia short track, Hornaday has never visited victory lane, a record he looks to rectify in Saturday's Kroger 250.

"The biggest thing is getting back on track," said Hornaday of the Truck Series' two week layoff. "We haven't had the greatest start to the season so it's just really important for us to get out there do the best we can and gain the maximum amount of points."

In order to do that, Hornaday will have to end a streak that has, to date, shut him out of taking the checkered flag at the storied track.

"Martinsville is one track that I have yet to get a win at so I would really like to get to victory lane there," he said. "A win would help our point's situation a lot but Martinsville is also one of the 'upset' tracks. You really never know what is going to happen so survival is the goal."

Perhaps Hornaday's quest for a good finish will be helped by his team owner Kevin Harvick, who comes to Martinsville as the defending race winner.

Harvick won the series' last race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 6 and brings a great deal of momentum - and confidence - into Saturday's race.

"Martinsville has been a good track for us," Harvick said. "We ran really well there last spring, obviously, winning the race. We had a little trouble in the fall race with a flat tire, but we were able to make up a couple laps and come back with a solid top five. Based upon our most recent success in the Truck Series, confidence is very high."

This weekend, Harvick will be reunited with former crew chief Butch Hylton. Harvick and Hylton were first paired in 2003 in the Nationwide Series, winning three races and eight poles as driver/crew chief at Richard Childress Racing (RCR).

"I'm excited about that," Harvick said. "We've talked about getting the No. 2 truck back to where we needed to be, and we've won a lot of races in the past, so hopefully we can continue that same success. Obviously he and Tony had success at Daytona a couple times, including this year. Hopefully we can rekindle the winning tradition we had in the past with our Nationwide program at RCR."

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