Hornaday Enters New Brunswick's Peterbilt 250 From Track PR Report
Labor Day SLM Race at 660 Speedway is Drawing Plenty of Interest
With less than 2 weeks until the Peterbilt 250 at 660 Speedway (NB) things are starting to get very interesting. Three time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Champion Ron Hornaday has announced his intention to enter the Peterbilt 250. Hornaday confirmed late Friday evening that he would be making the trip north of the border for what has become a Labour Day Classic.
Hornaday is the defending NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion and winner of 36 truck races. Hornaday has also won 4 NASCAR Nationwide races and has competed in 45 Sprint Cup races throughout his career. Before his days in NASCAR Hornaday ran in the short track ranks in the south west. Hornaday currently drives the 33 Craftsman truck for Kevin Harvick Incorporated.
“I’m excited about this deal, I really enjoy getting back to local short tracks and this Peterbilt 250 sounds like a lot of fun” said Hornaday.
Andrew McKay Builders out of Saint John, New Brunswick will be the primary sponsor on Hornaday’s car. In addition to McKay’s, Hornaday will receive support for his venture from Irving Lubricants and Peterbilt New Brunswick. “This is a pretty cool deal, for years we have watched Ron on TV and we are excited to have a guy of his calibre in one of our cars” said Andrew McKay of McKay Builders.
Irving Lubricants are also pretty excited about the opportunity to be involved in bringing Ron Hornaday to the Peterbilt 250. Irving Lubricants is no stranger to stock car racing as they are the sponsor the Irving Lubricants weekly Pro Stock division at Speedway 660 as well as former Peterbilt 250 Champion Lonnie Sommerville in his bid for the CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour Championship. “We are very excited to be a part of Ron’s entry in the Peterbilt 250. We pride ourselves on providing our customers with a quality product and this is an extension of that pride. To have a Champion like Ron Hornaday in the Peterbilt 250 is good for everyone.” said Matt Mannette, Marketing Manager Irving Lubricants Division.
This news has also created a buzz with Speedway 660 management. “We are thrilled to add Hornaday to the strong list of expected entries for this year’s Peterbilt 250.” said Speedway 660 co-owner Steve Burns.
Ron’s car will be prepared by none other than 2006 Peterbilt 250 Champion Lonnie Sommerville. “I’m excited, we’ve been doing some research since we heard about this opportunity and word on the street is that Ron Hornaday is going to be a force in a Pro Stock car. To top if off we have our 2 major sponsors involved in this deal also so we are looking to put them 1-2 at the end of the day.” said Lonnie Sommerville.
The 2008 Peterbilt 250 will take place on Sunday, August 31st, 2008 and will be the highlight of the 7th Annual Leisure Family RV Centers SPEEDWEEKEND. The event will showcase the Speedway 660 Irving Lubricants Pro Stocks against the best of the Eastern Canada and New England. The purse for 2008 will be over $70,000 with a guaranteed $15,000 to the event winner and possible winner’s cheque of $28,000. Five years ago, the late Scott Fraser took home a record $25,400 including lap money. Only eight years old, the event as grown in crowd, atmosphere, and car count every year since its inception. Over 8,000 people attended the 2007 event to break attendance records at Speedway 660. Forty plus pro stock cars will be attempting to qualify for 28 spots on the starting grid.
Ron Hornaday, Jr. is used to winning in the Truck Series. can he also win the Peterbilt 250? (NASCAR Photo)