Kevin Harvick Inc.'s Ron Hornaday heads back to the track that produced one of the weirdest and wildest races ever in NASCAR.
Well, if your a fan of the Truck Series it's one of your favorite all time races and one we will forever be talking about.
Last year, Horn led both practice sessions, won the pole and had the truck to beat. On the lap one start, he would overdrive it racing Busch, get loose under him and wreck.
While Johnny Benson did get minor damage from Horn's wreck, he would dodge a few disasters but would have multiple problems himself and end up finishing with Horrn 25th and JB 26th.
Coming into the race the points margin was six points separating the two and after the race a mere three points heading into Homestead.
I doubt it will be deja vu all over again, with Horn making a similar mistake—and that's like saying lightning would strikes twice in the same spot.
Heading into Phoenix, Horn holds a 197 points lead, he just needs to finish ahead of Matt Crafton Friday night to win his fourth title.
In the worst case scenario, he just needs to finish 22nd or better and still be the champion and he just needs to point race Rowdy for the owners title.
Horn has always run well at Phoenix, compiling two wins, eight top fives, 11 top-10 finishes, picked up two poles and led 152 laps in 14 previous starts.
I expect Friday to be no different for Horn, he'll take care of business, and add another exciting finish to his impressive race resume at Phoenix. But he'll also top his amazing season with his fourth championship.
"To me right now we are just focused on two more races," Hornaday said. "I don't look at the Championship until Homestead. The No. 33 team is not only racing for the drivers championship, we want to make sure Kevin and Delana Harvick win the owners championship as well. I don't go into it looking at how many points we are ahead. I know that we just need to win the last two races. That's what I want to go do and then the points will take care of themselves."
Horn will be racing chassis No. 037 at Phoenix. In it's debut at New Hampshire he picked up a second place finish.
I've picked him to win at Phoenix this weekend, with my Top Five Picks series article. He should have a stout truck, qualify top three, just dominate the race or be vying for the win in the closing laps.
Plus his spotter Rick Carelli and crew chief Rick Ren will keep him focused on the big picture.
While Horn says, he's racing for the win and getting a good finish rather than just points racing or championship plans.
I bet he doesn't take any risk's, if he is in position to pick-up points on both Rowdy Busch and Matt Crafton.
I'd definitely love to see win the Lucas Oil 150 to clinch the drivers title, but will be happy to see him just finish ahead of Crafton to win the title.
Source for quote and photo credit: kevinharvickinc.com
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