GOING FOR THE GREEN: According to NASCAR Loop Data statistics Hornaday is the master of green-flag passes at Michigan International Speedway (MIS). During the last four Truck Series races at the track, Hornaday has completed 229 green-flag passes for position.
MASTERING THE MOTOR CITY: Michigan International Speedway is one of only nine tracks on the current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule where Ron Hornaday has not recorded a victory. The others include: Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, Auto Club (Calif.) Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, Nashville Superspeedway, Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and the two new tracks added for the 2009 season Chicagoland Speedway and Iowa Speedway.
WELCOME TURTLE WAX: Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) is pleased to welcome new sponsor Turtle Wax to the No. 33 team. Turtle Wax is the number one selling brand of car care products in the world with sales in more than 90 countries. Turtle Wax will serve as the No. 33 teams primary sponsor for races at MIS and Chicagoland Speedway in July.
Notes from the Professor: Quotes from Ron Hornaday:
WHAT MAKES MICHIGAN SUCH A DIFFICULT TRACK?
“I’ve had a couple of good runs at Michigan. We have finished in the top 10 there a couple of times. Michigan is a lot like California as far as the layout, but for some reason it doesn’t drive like California. I think we may have learned some things over the past couple of races at Michigan that can make us better this time so we’ll just have to go out see what we have in practice. I know Rick Ren (crew chief) and the guys will get the truck where it needs to be for us to run well. We would have had a good finish there last year but got caught up with Kyle (Busch) there at the end. I look forward to going to Chevrolet’s headquarters and putting this fast Silverado up front.”
CHASSIS HISTORY: The No. 33 Turtle Wax team will bring chassis No.028 to MIS. Last season, Jack Sprague sat on the outside pole at MIS in truck No. 028. Following an on-track accident at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last fall, chassis No. 028 was completely rebuilt and taken to the finale at Homestead-Miami where KHI co-owner Kevin Harvick drove to a third-place finish. Earlier this season chassis No. 028 was piloted by Ricky Carmichael at Auto Club (Calif.) Speedway, earning the rookie his best career finish of eighth.
PREVIOUS RACE RECAP: Last week at Texas Motor Speedway the No. 33 Chevrolet finished 19th after an oil pump belt came loose with eight laps remaining in the event. With the finish the No. 33 team fell to second in the point standings 30 markers behind Matt Crafton.
MEDIA ACCESS: Members of the media can now log on to www.kevinharvickinc.com to gain access to press kit information online. For more information please email Jessica Stroupe at KHI: firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 13, 2009
Michigan International Speedway
Race length: 100 Laps/ 200 Miles
Banking/Turns: 18-degrees in turns,
12-degree front straight-a-way; 5-degree back straight-a-way
Track layout: 2.0-mile
Shape: D-shaped oval
Practice: 10:15 a.m. - 11:25 a.m., EST
Final Practice: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., EST
Qualifying: 9:30 a.m., EST
TV: The Michigan 200 can be seen on SPEED at 1:30 p.m., EST
Radio: The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will broadcast live at 1:30 p.m., EST
Engine: Pro Motors Engineering (PME)
Truck Series Statistics at
Michigan International Speedway
Top Five’s: 0
Top 10’s: 3
Laps Led: 12
Average Start: 12.2
Average Finish: 15.8