Ron Hornaday, Jr.

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Ron Hornaday, Jr.
Ron Hornaday.jpg
Hornaday in 2008
Born (1958-06-20) June 20, 1958 (age 56)
Palmdale, California, United States
Achievements 1996, 1998, 2007, 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion
1992, 1993 Featherlite Southwest Tour Champion
All-Time Wins Leader in Camping World Truck Series (51)
Awards 2000 Busch Series Most Popular Driver
1997, 2005 Craftsman Truck Series Most Popular Driver
1992 Featherlite Southwest Tour Most Popular Driver
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
45 race(s) run over 10 year(s)
Best finish 38th (2001)
First race 1992 Save Mart 300K (Sonoma)
Last race 2003 Ford 400 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
184 race(s) run over 14 year(s)
Best finish 3rd (2003)
First race 1998 First Union 200 (Nazareth)
Last race 2011 WYPALL 200 (Phoenix)
First win 2000 Econo Lodge 200 (Nazareth)
Last win 2004 Alan Kulwicki 250 (Milwaukee)
Wins Top tens Poles
4 70 1
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
353 race(s) run over 17 year(s)
Truck no., team No. 30 (Turner Scott Motorsports)
2013 position 14th
Best finish 1st (1996, 1998, 2007, 2009)
First race 1995 Copper World Classic (Phoenix)
Last race 2014 American Ethanol 200 (Iowa)
First win 1995 Racing Champions 200 (Tucson)
Last win 2011 Smith's 350 (Las Vegas)
Wins Top tens Poles
51 230 27
Statistics current as of July 11, 2014.

Ronald Hornaday, Jr. (born June 20, 1958) is a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver. He is the father of former NASCAR driver Ronnie Hornaday, and son of the late Ron Hornaday, Sr., a two-time Winston West Champion. Hornaday is a four-time champion in the Truck Series, his most recent coming in 2009. He currently drives in the Camping World Truck Series for Turner Scott Motorsports.

He was a long-time driver in NASCAR's Winston West Series, and also is a Featherlite Southwest Tour Champion. He was noticed by Dale Earnhardt while participating in the NASCAR Winter Heat Series on ESPN2.

Racing career[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

Hornaday was born in Palmdale, California, and began racing in go-karts and motorcycles early in his career. Eventually, he moved up to race stock cars at Saugus Speedway. In 1992, he won his first championship in the Southwest Series as well as winning the Most Popular Driver award. He won the Southwest championship the next year as well, becoming the only driver to do so in series history.

He made his Winston Cup debut in 1992 at the Save Mart 300K, where he started seventeenth but finished 32nd in Bob Fisher's #92 Chevrolet. He made another start later that year at Phoenix International Raceway, where he finished 25th. He ran at Phoenix the next year as well, finishing 22nd in the #76 Spears Motorsports car.

1995–1999[edit]

Hornaday celebrating his championship with owner Dale Earnhardt

Hornaday signed to drive the #16 RCCA Products/Papa John's Pizza Chevrolet Silverado owned by Dale Earnhardt, Inc. for the then-start-up Craftsman Truck Series. In the first season of competition, Hornaday won six races and four poles on his way to a third-place points finish. The next year, with sponsorship from NAPA Auto Parts, Hornaday won four races and the series championship.

In 1997, despite seven wins, two of which came by leading every lap in the race, he finished fifth in points. He was able to re-claim his title in 1998 by garnering six wins. That season, he also made his Busch Series debut, driving four races for ST Motorsports, his best finish an eighth at Pikes Peak International Raceway. He also debuted a Winston Cup car for Tim Beverly at Sonoma, finishing fourteenth in the #17 NAPA Chevy.

In 1999, he was unable to win the championship, and announced he would drive the #3 NAPA Chevy for DEI's Busch program the following year.

2000–2004[edit]

Hornaday began racing full-time in the Busch Series in 2000. He picked up wins at Nazareth Speedway and Indianapolis Raceway Park and finished fifth in points, runner-up to Kevin Harvick for Rookie of the Year honors. He was also voted Most Popular Driver. Unfortunately, Earnhardt elected to move Hornaday's team up to the Cup series in 2001 and hire Michael Waltrip to drive the car, and Hornaday was released.

Hornaday signed with A.J. Foyt Racing in the Cup series, driving the #14 Conseco Pontiac Grand Prix. Despite posting a ninth-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Hornaday struggled throughout the year and finished 38th in points, causing him to lose his job at the end of the year. Hornaday later criticized Foyt for dismissing him so late in the season. During the 2001 season, Hornaday returned to the Busch Series on a part-time basis, running the #11 for HighLine Performance Group before finishing out the year with The Curb Agajanian Performance Group, posting three top-tens.

In 2002, he drove for Hendrick Motorsports' truck team at the season-opening Florida Dodge Dealers 250, where he finished 12th. After Hendrick closed the doors to its truck team, Hornaday moved to their Busch program, filling in for an injured Ricky Hendrick in the #5 GMAC Chevy, his best finish 15th at Darlington Raceway. A few races later, he replaced Lyndon Amick in the #26 Dr Pepper car for Carroll Racing. He had eight top-tens and a pole, finishing eighteenth in points despite only running 30 races. He also capped the season off with a win in the truck series at Homestead-Miami Speedway, driving for Xpress Motorsports.

In 2003, Hornaday signed to drive the #2 ACDelco Chevy for Richard Childress Racing. He won at Nazareth and posted seventeen top-tens, finishing third in points. He followed that up with a win at The Milwaukee Mile and a fourth-place points finish the following season.

2005–2011[edit]

At the end of 2004, Hornaday was released in favor of Clint Bowyer, and he returned to the Truck Series. He reunited with a long-time best friend of his, Kevin Harvick and signed to drive the #6 GM Goodwrench Chevy for Kevin Harvick Incorporated. Hornaday soon picked up a win at Atlanta Motor Speedway and finished fifth in points. In 2006, the team lost its Goodwrench sponsorship and switched to the #33 to yield the #6 to Mark Martin's Roush Racing effort. Running unsponsored for most of the year, Hornaday picked up two victories this year at Mansfield and Kentucky He also has two top-tens in five Busch Series starts that year.

With sponsorship backing from Camping World, he continued his dominance in the Truck Series in 2007, winning races at two tracks for the first time in his career. He took the checkers at Lowe's in the Quaker Steak & Lube 200. Two weeks later, after a what-should-have-been-a-win-weekend at Mansfield, Hornaday outlasted Kyle Busch to win the AAA Insurance 200 at Dover. He continued his chase for a third title with a victory at O'Reilly Raceway Park in the Power Stroke Diesel 200, his 17th win on a short track.

On November 16, 2007 Hornaday won his third NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Championship by overcoming a 29-point deficit on Mike Skinner.

On September 10, 2008, ESPN's Shaun Assael reports Hornaday Jr. admitted to using testosterone cream. He used it to treat Graves' disease.[1]

On December 21, 2008, Hornaday's father Ron Hornaday, Sr., died due to cancer.

On June 20, 2009, Hornaday won the Copart 200 at the Milwaukee Mile on his 51st birthday. He is one of the few racing drivers to win a race on his birthday. On July 24, 2009, Hornaday became the first Camping World Truck Series driver to win four races in a row by winning at O'Reilly Raceway Park. On August 1, 2009, he won the Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville Superspeedway, tying Richard Petty and Bobby Allison as the only drivers to win five consecutive races in their NASCAR careers.

2007 Championship Craftsman Truck

On November 13, 2009, he won his fourth Camping World Truck Series Championship, joining Jeff Gordon, Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, and Jimmie Johnson as the only drivers to win 4 or more titles in the three major series of NASCAR. He also became the first driver since Greg Biffle in 2000 to clinch the title before the last race of the season.

For the final three races of the 2010 Sprint Cup season, Stewart-Haas Racing hired Hornaday as a standby driver should expectant father Ryan Newman have to leave the track. Newman became a father on November 18, 2010, three days before the season finale.

In 2011, Hornaday was second in the series being 15 points behind Austin Dillon when he reached the penultimate race of the year at Texas. There Hornaday raced behind rival Kyle Busch and reached second place. When Hornaday passed by Busch on lap 13, he made contact with Busch to avoid a slowing truck of Johnny Chapman and in the next turn under a caution, Busch intentionally slammed into Hornaday pushing Hornaday head-on into the wall. Hornaday was mathematically eliminated from contention for the Truck title. Busch received suspension from the NNS and NSCS race that weekend as a result.

2012–[edit]

During the 2011 season, it was announced that Hornaday would drive for Joe Denette Motorsports for the 2012 season in the No. 9 truck.[2]

Before the 2013 season, Hornaday returned to JDM, now NTS Motorsports, to drive the No. 9 Chevrolet. Hornaday started off on a high-note in his finishes with a few top tens in the first few races. In the third race of the season at Rockingham Speedway, Hornaday intentionally spun rookie Darrell Wallace Jr. under caution to retaliate for prior contact. He was penalized during the race to restart in 37th spot. For his actions Hornaday was fined $25,000, lost 25 points and was placed on probation by NASCAR until June 12. The penalty dropped him from 4th to 15th in the Truck Series standings.[3]

With one race remaining in the season, Hornaday was released from the No. 9 truck by NTS Motorsports; in the season finale he drove a sixth truck for Turner Scott Motorsports.[4] He started the 2014 season once again driving for TSM in the No. 30 truck at Daytona International Speedway.[5]

Recognition[edit]

In Palmdale, Hornaday's hometown, April 8 was declared "Ron Hornaday Jr. Day" on April 8, 2010. A roundabout in the Palmdale Auto Mall was also named after Hornaday on April 8.[6]

Images[edit]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Winston Cup Series[edit]

Nationwide Series[edit]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Ron Hornaday Jr. gets ride for 2012". ESPN. November 18, 2011. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  3. ^ "Hornaday Jr. penalized for intentional wreck at Rockingham". Miami Herald. Miami, FL. April 17, 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  4. ^ "Hornaday to drive for different team in finale". NASCAR.com. November 8, 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  5. ^ "Ron Hornaday Jr. to drive for Turner Scott Motorsports in Truck Series opener at Daytona". Fox Sports. February 14, 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-14. 
  6. ^ Antelope Valley Press, April 9, 2010 Hornaday: Pride of Palmdale

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mike Skinner
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Champion
1996
Succeeded by
Jack Sprague
Preceded by
Jack Sprague
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Champion
1998
Succeeded by
Jack Sprague
Preceded by
Todd Bodine
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Champion
2007
Succeeded by
Johnny Benson
Preceded by
Johnny Benson
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion
2009
Succeeded by
Todd Bodine
Preceded by
Rick Carelli
NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Tour Champion
1992, 1993
Succeeded by
Steve Portenga
Awards
Preceded by
Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
NASCAR Busch Series Most Popular Driver
2000
Succeeded by
Kevin Harvick
Preceded by
Jimmy Hensley
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Most Popular Driver
1997
Succeeded by
Stacy Compton
Preceded by
Steve Park
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Most Popular Driver
2005
Succeeded by
Johnny Benson, Jr.