Wednesday, June 20, 2018

"4-Time NASCAR Truck Series Champ" Ron Hornaday Jr. Born - June 20, 1958

June 20, 1958
Ron Hornaday Jr.
Born in Palmdale, California, USA.
Hornaday is a four-time champion in the Camping World Truck Series, the 1997, 2005 Craftsman Truck Series Most Popular Driver, and the all time wins leader in series history with 51. He was a long-time driver in NASCAR's Winston West Series, and is a Featherlite Southwest Tour Champion. He was the 2000 Busch Series Most Popular Driver. On May 24, 2017, Hornaday was named in the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

Hornaday 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 until Jim Pettit won back to back titles in 2004-2005.

He was noticed by Dale Earnhardt while participating in the NASCAR Winter Heat Series on ESPN2. He made his Winston Cup debut in 1992 at the Save Mart 300K, where he started seventeenth but finished 32nd in Bob Fisher's No. 92 Chevrolet. He ran a total of 46 Cup races over a period of 11 years.

He is the father of former NASCAR driver Ronnie Hornaday, and son of the late Ron Hornaday Sr., a two-time Winston West Champion. He is currently a dirt Modified chassis builder, owning Hornaday Race Cars.

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