RR-AZ Alum…Ron Hornaday Secures Truck Ride for Daytona
By: MRN Staff on February 14, 2014
Ron Hornaday Jr. will drive in next week’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series opener at Daytona International Speedway for Turner Scott Motorsports, the team announced Friday.
The four-time series champion will pilot the No. 30 truck. He’ll be sponsored by Rheem Comfort Products for the NextEra Energy Resources 250. It will be Hornaday’s second start with the team. He finished fifth for the team at Homestead in last year’s season finale.
A long-time competitor in NASCAR’s top series, Hornaday made his Truck Series debut nearly 18 years ago and is the all-time win leader with 51 victories. with 51 wins in 355 starts.
“I’m very excited and grateful to have support from Steve Turner, Harry Scott and the entire TSM organization,” Hornaday said. “We worked great together in Miami and to have the opportunity to come to Daytona to start the year off. I’m just really looking forward to it. I wouldn’t have this opportunity if it weren’t also for Rheem and their help.”
“Ron Hornaday has been synonymous with competitive toughness and durability in all his days of racing. His hardnosed style and determination to win are legendary, but it’s his lifetime of caring generosity shown to so many young racers who needed an encouraging word or a place to stay that makes Ron Hornaday so special. Rheem was honored to have the opportunity to provide support to ensure this Truck Series legend would be back on the track at Daytona,” said Rheem Manufacturing Company President and CEO, JR Jones.
In its last visit to Daytona, Turner Scott Motorsports had a strong run in the NCWTS race, with all four entries starting in the top 10. With direction from former racer-turned-crew-chief, Shane Huffman, Hornaday completes the TSM roster for the NCWTS race at Daytona and will be running alongside teammates Ben Kennedy and Ryan Truex.
“I’m really excited about having a four-time champion in one of our trucks,” said TSM co-owner Steve Turner. “Both Ron’s team and our team are working diligently to get a full-time deal put together for the 2014 season. Ron will bring great knowledge to the young drivers in our fleet. We all feel like Ron is a class act, both on and off the track.”
The NCWTS season kicks off on Friday, February 21 with the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway live on the Motor Racing Network.