No. 33 Utz Snacks Chevrolet Silverado
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race 14 of 25 – Pocono Raceway
SOPHOMORE SHOOTOUT: Ron Hornaday may be a four-time champion in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, but he will head to Pocono Raceway this weekend for only his second-career start in the series
at the Long Pond, Pa. track. The veteran driver will pilot the No. 33 Utz Snacks Chevrolet Silverado at the 2.5-mile track with hopes to surpass his 2010 finish. Hornaday spent the majority of the 50-lap inaugural event in the top 10 but was caught up in a late-race accident that relegated the team to a 29th-place finish.
UTZ SNACKS: The No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado will feature the red, white and blue paint scheme of Utz Quality Foods. The Pennsylvania-based company made their debut on the No. 33 Chevrolet in May at Dover (Del.) International Speedway and returned with the team at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The team scored a ninth-place finish and a fifth-place finish respectively.
CHASSIS HISTORY: The No. 33 team will utilize chassis No. 060 this weekend at Pocono Raceway. The team took this chassis to a Goodyear tire test at Texas Motor Speedway back in May, but will make its competition debut this weekend.
PREVIOUS RACE RECAP: Hornaday and the No. 33 Vlasic/Armour Chevrolet Silverado battled in the top 10 for the majority of last Friday night’s Truck Series race at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. The team fought a tight-handling truck during the 200-lap event, but was able to keep the KHI Chevrolet in the lead pack to bring home a fifth-place finish.
MOST POPULAR DRIVER: Voting has now begun for the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Most Popular Driver award. Hornaday has taken home the honors twice, most recently in 2005 and in 1997. Fans can vote for Hornaday now through November 17 on NASCAR.com.
THOUGHTS FROM THE DRIVER: Ron Hornaday
What are your thoughts heading into Pocono?
“We had a really great run last year at Pocono. It was the Truck Series first visit to the track and it put on a great show. We had a top10 truck but got caught up in a wreck at the end of the race. We’re excited to go back and make a run for the win. It’s exciting to be in our sponsor’s home state of Pennsylvania this weekend. They will have a great group of people here at the track and we are looking forward to putting on a good show for them.”
THOUGHTS FROM THE CREW CHIEF: Jeff Hensley
How do you feel about the Truck Series racing at Pocono?
“Last year was the first time I had ever been to Pocono. It was a great race for the series and a great addition to the schedule. The race track is so wide that you can race four and five wide but once you hit the tunnel (turn) you better back down.
“Pocono is a different type of race track. You need the drag of your Daytona truck and the downforce for your Atlanta truck. It is two animals combined into one track.”
About Utz Quality Foods:
Utz Quality Foods was founded in 1921 and inspired by Pennsylvania Dutch cooking traditions. Today, the privately-owned and family-oriented company is based in Hanover, Pa., and manufactures over 90 flavors or varieties of snacks, including potato chips, pretzels, tortilla and corn chips, cheese curls, onion rings, popcorn and a specialty Natural and Organic line. Utz distributes its products from Maine to North Carolina. For more information about Utz or its products, visit www.utzsnacks.com or call 1-800-FOR-SNAX.