Hornaday Nabs 50th Truck Victory

Ron Hornaday, Jr.
Ron Hornaday, Jr.

SPARTA, Ky. — Ron Hornaday, Jr., the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ only four-time champion, posted his record-extending 50th victory in the Kentucky 225 at Kentucky Speedway Saturday night.

Hornaday, from Palmdale, Calif., is the only active, full-time competitor whose career dates to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ inaugural event at Phoenix International Raceway on Feb. 5, 1995. He won the Keystone Light Pole for that race and collected his first victory two months later at Tucson (Ariz.) Raceway Park.

The 53-year-old Hornaday has won races on 30 different tracks. He is the series’ all-time short track winner with 22 victories and also won three times on road courses. Eleven of his 50 victories came from a pole position start.

Beginning in 1995, when Hornaday drove for Dale Earnhardt. Inc., he has won at least once in each of 12 seasons in which he was a full-time competitor and 13 years overall. His most prolific season was 1997 when he won seven times. He has won six or more times in five different seasons. Saturday’s victory was his third of the 2011 season.

Hornaday won championships with DEI in 1996 and 1998 and with Kevin Harvick Inc. in 2007 and 2009. He has ranked among the top five in the points standings eight times.

Hornaday holds series records for most top-five (143) and top-10 (205) finishes. He recently passed Joe Ruttman to claim the most victories – 14, now 15 – by a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver age 50 years or older. Hornaday stands third all-time among series pole winners with 26.

Driving Kevin Harvick’s No. 2 Chevrolet instead of his familiar No. 33, Hornaday led 42 of the 150 laps of the 1.5-mile superspeedway and beat Austin Dillon to the checkered flag by .438 seconds.

James Buescher finished third with Nelson Piquet, Jr. and Brian Ickler rounding out the top five.

Dillon took the point lead by three markers over Buescher.