Four-time NASCAR Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday Jr. will be behind the wheel of the Turner Scott Motorsports No. 30 Chevrolet Silverado in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Hornaday will make his second-career start for TSM following a Top-5 finish in the 2013 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Sponsored by Rheem Comfort Products, the 55-year-old veteran will pilot a truck outfitted with the Rheem paint scheme in next Friday night’s NextEra Energy Resources 250. Hornaday is no stranger to success at the 2.5-mile track with two Top-5 and three Top-10 finishes in 10 series starts there.
The Palmdale, Calif. native made his Truck Series debut nearly 18 years ago and is the all-time series win leader 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," said Hornaday. "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 for Rheem and their help. I think this is a winning combination that will give us a great chance to run up front and hopefully get a win.”
"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.
With direction from former racer-turned-crew-chief, Shane Huffman, Hornaday completes the TSM roster for the NCWTS race at Daytona and will run 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."