Thank you NTS Motorsports and Rheem Racing! It didn’t take too long for Ron Hornaday Jr. to find a team in which to hang his helmet for a couple of races.
Last month Hornaday was running fourth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point’s race but suddenly he found himself without a ride towards the end of the season when Turner Scott Motorsports shuttered his team. Hornaday lost his ride and a reported twenty or more people lost their jobs.
Now NTS Motorsports and Rheem Racing have worked out an agreement with the veteran driver for a two race deal this season. In my opinion it’s great news for Hornaday and the series as a whole. The Four-Time Truck series Champion is always a force on the track and makes for exciting racing. As one fan told me after a race this season about why they are a Hornaday fan, “Somebody has to try and beat Kyle Busch in these trucks!”
The move is actually a return to NTS Motorsports for Hornaday as he drove for the team during a portion of the 2013 truck series season. Ed Raniszeski, managing director of Rheem Motorsports, said that the partnership with NTS was a good one and that Hornaday deserves it.
“At this late stage of the season, Rheem is fortunate to have found a quality organization like NTS Motorsports that was able to arrange for the caliber of race trucks and personnel that Ron Hornaday deserves and that gives him a solid chance to visit Victory Lane this season,” Raniszeski said. “Everyone involved in this effort is looking forward to getting Ron back where he belongs.”
Hornaday will be driving the No. 9 truck for NTS. It’s a different number but the paint scheme will be a familiar one for race fans. The truck will carry the classic red and black Rheem colors associated with the company in at least two races this season.
According to reports the races will start with the late September race weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. That will be followed up with a race at Texas Motor Speedway on October 31. Even though it’s only a two race deal the move gets Hornaday back on the track and according to the owner of NTS Motorsports that’s an opportunity that could not be passed up.
“NTS Motorsports has had a long standing relationship with Ron Hornaday,” Bob Newberry, owner of NTS Motorsports said. “Hornaday is a proven four-time champion and I’m glad we have the opportunity to work with him again.”
No plans have been announced for additional races or for the 2015 race season. Regardless, it’s great to see a veteran like Hornaday back in a truck for even a few more races this year after the surprise closing of his team by Turner Scott Motorsports. The move apparently was caused by an ongoing dispute between the two owners of TSM.
The good news for Hornaday is that the NTS Motorsports Chevy trucks that he will be driving come with plenty of technical support from Richard Childress Racing. Hornaday is not stepping into a truck provided by a shell of a team. NTS should be able to put him into competitive rides.