When it comes to NASCAR Camping World Truck Series racing at Texas Motor Speedway, there’s one common thought among drivers…
“Everything’s bigger in Texas,” Ron Hornaday, Jr. said. “I learned that a long time ago.”
Hornaday Jr. was one of four drivers participating in a Goodyear tire test at Texas Motor Speedway Tuesday for the upcoming WinStar World Casino 400k on June 10. Currently fifth in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points standings, Hornaday Jr. has five top 5s and six top-10 finishes, but is still looking for a win this season. He has earned two Camping World Truck Series victories (2008 Sam’s Town 400, 2008 Silverado 350k) in his 16 starts at Texas Motor Speedway and has led more laps than any other Camping World Truck Series driver (663).
“Coming back to Texas we’ll do our normal stuff and what we’ve been good at,” Hornaday Jr. said. “We’ve been doing some experimental stuff and we hoped to have a win by now. Everyone thinks it’s all Kyle Busch, but he’s beatable and we’re definitely knocking on his door and it shows.”
Johnny Sauter, who also participated in Tuesday’s tire test, is situated second in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point standings. Sauter is the only full-time truck series driver with a win in 2011 and feels Texas Motor Speedway is a place where he can dominate considering he finished runner-up in both truck series events last year.
“(Texas) is just so much fun,” Sauter said. “It’s an exhilarating feeling going through these corners wide open. It’s pretty much wide open and takes your breath away. It’s almost like a qualifying lap for 150 laps. Right now with the way Texas is getting a little bit of age on it, it’s one of the tracks I circle on the calendar and say we can come here and capitalize.”
Tickets are still available for the upcoming WinStar World Casino 400k, June 10, and can be purchased by calling (817) 215-8500 or visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com.