(photo courtesy Leon Hammack)
Reporting from high up in the O.V. Hill South Tower at Talladega, Ron Hornaday posted the fastest qualifying speed, 181.230 mph, for the Mountain Dew 250 Friday afternoon at the Talladega Superspeedway. Winning the pole is very gratifying, however, the defending Camping World Truck Series champion would certainly love to check off Talladega from his “bucket list” this weekend. Starting from the pole may assist in Hornaday’s attempt for securing his second straight victory of the 2010 truck season this week at Talladega.
“People say that Ron Hornaday is a short-track driver, and to come to Talladega and sit on the pole is so cool,” Hornaday said with a grin. “There are only four tracks I haven’t won at, and Talladega is one of them. I want to get that off my check list, just like I got this one off my list with the pole here. It’s pretty awesome.”
Second fastest was Jason White, whose turned a lap at 180.911 mph.
“It’s kind of a bummer we didn’t get the pole, but second place is a great place to be,” said White, who captured the pole at Daytona International Speedway to start the season. “We’re excited about the race.”
Rookie Austin Dillon was third fastest and veteran Ken Schrader was fourth.
The green flag drops for the Mountain Dew 250 at 4pm Eastern! The truck race from Talladega on Saturday stands to be as exciting as last year’s race when Kyle made a last second pass exiting out of the tri-oval just and just prior to the start/finish line!
Therefore, WOMR will be there sitting high up in the O.V. Hill South Tower, anxiously awaiting the drop of the green flag, watching the close side-by-side, paint rubbing, high intensity, truck racing.
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!