MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Turner Scott Motorsports announced today that four-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday Jr. will be behind the wheel of the the No. 30 Chevrolet Silverado in the Truck Series season opener at Daytona Int’l Speedway on Feb. 21.
The seasoned NASCAR veteran will make his second-career start for TSM following a top-five finish in the 2013 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Sponsored by Rheem Comfort Products, the 55-year-old veteran will pilot the famed red and black Rheem paint scheme in the NextEra Energy Resources 250.
A long-time competitor in NASCAR’s top series, Hornaday made his Truck Series debut nearly 18 years ago and is, to date, the all-time win leader in the Truck Series 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 also 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.
In its last visit to Daytona, Turner Scott Motorsports had a strong run in the Truck Series 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 Truck Series 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.”