HORNADAY BACK IN FRONT
was somewhat of a surprise winner last week at Atlanta, with Nextel Cup regulars having been shut out of Victory Lane all season. What wasn't a surprise was another shift atop the points standings.
For the fourth consecutive race and fifth time in six races, Ron Hornaday
and Mike Skinner
traded the championship lead. With a second-place day at Atlanta, Hornaday took the baton, now four points ahead of Skinner, who finished fifth.
Who has the edge Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway? Hornaday was fourth in the April race on the 1.5-mile oval and fifth in last year's fall race, and has an average finish of 12.0 in nine starts. Skinner's average finish is 5.0 in seven starts, thanks to a streak of five consecutive top-5s, which includes a second to Todd Bodine in April.
Skinner will attempt to qualify the Bill Davis Racing No. 36 Nextel Cup car again at Texas after failing to qualify at Atlanta.
BDR announced Monday that Phillip McGilton will drive its third truck in 2008. The 29-year-old former AMA motocross racer first drove stock cars last year in the ARCA series and ran a full-time ARCA schedule this year, finishing sixth in points. He will make his truck series debut at Homestead-Miami next month in the No. 22 Toyota.
, fifth in ARCA points, will make his second start for Germain Racing at Texas after finishing 22nd at Atlanta.