Ron Hornaday Jr. just had his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series ride yanked out from under him and almost twenty people lost their jobs at Turner Scott Motorsports.
The driver still has plans on racing even after news broke from Moorseville, N.C. – that TSM had shut down the No. 30 team. The Truck was piloted by Hornaday all season long and was in the fight for the points battle.
According to TSM the decision to fire a bunch of employees and shut down an entire team in their garage was not an easy one. Harry Scott Jr., co-owner of Turner Scott Motorsports said he did realize that the move would be one that had a huge impact on former employee’s lives. However; it was a descision that was “necessary” and “responsible.”
“The decision to lay-off any employee is painful and we realize the affects it has on their lives,” said Harry Scott, Jr., whose investment firm is a co-owner of TSM. “However, the decisions made by TSM today are necessary and the responsible steps for all of TSM to ensure our commitment to our employees, partners and fans to be as competitive as possible.”
Hornaday on Future
The writing may have been on the garage wall. According to reports the company notified employees Tuesday afternoon and Hornaday’s No. 30 truck did not enter the Sunday race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario.
Coming into the Canadian Tire race weekend Hornaday was running fourth in the Truck Series championship standings. He spoke in an interview that despite everything he has plans to place his logos on somebody’s truck a few more times this season. And if things didn't work out then he could always go racing with his grandson!
"I've got a couple races sold already with some of my sponsors that came with me, and I'm going to have to find a truck to put them on," said the Truck Series' all-time wins leader and only four-time champion. "They've already put an installment payment in to go to Talladega, so I'm going to have to explore my options and go to some teams and say, 'Hey, can I rent a ride from you or buy a ride?' I've never done that before, but that's what we're going to do have to do, I guess."
The move to shut down the No. 30 team is a bit of a head scratcher on first glance. The team had the winningest driver in series history and was in the Championship point’s battle. Why shut a group like that down? The answer may be in the form of a lawsuit. between Scott and co-owner Steve Turner.
According to several reports the two owners of TSM are at odd on a few things, actually about $3 million dollars, and a lawsuit between the two may have sparked the move. At the same time they were shutting the No. 30 team down TSM continued to field two other trucks and a couple of Nationwide cars during the race weekend. One of those cars was for Sprint Cup series driver Kyle Larson.
The question that may be on the minds of the other teams and employees at TSM is how much longer the organization will be around?