Saturday, January 13, 2018

Ron Hornaday Sr Born In San Fernando, California - January 13, 1931

January 13, 1931 - December 21, 2008
Ron Hornaday Sr.
Born San Fernando, California, USA.
He began racing at Saugus Speedway and later Ascot Park, driving the #97 Galpin Motors Ford. His weekly occupation was working as the parts and service manager for Galpin Motors, and he received sponsorship from his employer throughout his career. Hornaday made his first NASCAR Grand National start in 1955 at the Arizona State Fairgrounds. He finished 14th in a 29 car field to earn $25. He started racing in the Pacific Coast Late Model series in 1956, and finished second in the 1962 season championship behind Eddie Gray. He won the season points championship in 1963, and he repeated as champion in 1964. In his Pacific Coast Late Model career he had 13 victories.

He made 17 NASCAR Cup Series starts between 1955 and 1973, mainly on the West Coast. Hornaday Sr. was inducted in the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame in its first class in 2002.

Hornaday died at the age of 77, from cancer on December 21, 2008. He was the father of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday, Jr. and the grandfather of former NASCAR driver Ronnie Hornaday.

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