March 27, 2014 — photo courtesy Streeter Lecka/Getty Images North America — RIDGEWAY, VA — Four-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) champion Ron Hornaday Jr. will make his third-career start for Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) in Saturday afternoon’s event at Martinsville Speedway.
The 55-year-old veteran is no stranger to success at the half-mile “paper clip”, having 23 starts with one win, 10 top fives and 14 top 10s to his credit.
“I’m really looking forward to getting back in the Rheem Comfort Products Chevrolet this weekend in Martinsville. I have to thank Steve Turner and Harry Scott Jr. for giving me the opportunity to go out and race this weekend. The guys at Turner Scott Motorsports have worked hard during the off weeks to prepare me a great Silverado.”
“I really enjoy short-track racing and Martinsville is one of the best short tracks in the world. The new qualifying format at Martinsville should be a lot of fun for us and the fans. I think if we can stay patient and work our way through traffic, we can come home with a great finish.”
This weekend’s crew chief Shannon Rursch and the No. 30 Rheem Chevrolet team will unload chassis TSM-225 at Martinsville. TSM-225 was last on the track in Martinsville in 2012 when Nelson Piquet Jr. drove it to a third-place finish.
Looking back, Hornaday and the No. 30 Rheem Comfort Products Chevy Silverado completed the first practice session at Daytona in the second position, something that would prove worthwhile come race day due to unfortunate weather. With qualifying rained out for the NextEra Energy Resources 250, NASCAR set the field based on the trucks with the best practice times throughout the race weekend, placing Hornaday in the second position for the start of last month’s race. After running in and around the top five for most of the event, Hornaday finished the night in the fifth position for TSM.
The second race of the 2014 NCWTS season gets underway on Saturday, March 29. The Kroger 250 can be seen live beginning at 2:00 p.m. EDT on FOX Sports 1 and can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 90.
Rheem Manufacturing Company (www.rheem.com) is privately held with headquarters in Atlanta. In its 88th year of operation, the company manufactures a full line of high-quality residential and commercial heating and cooling systems; tank, tankless, solar, and heat pump water heaters; swimming pool heaters and commercial boilers throughout North America and world markets. The company’s premium brands, including Raypak, Ruud and Rheem, have been recognized with countless industry and consumer awards for reliability, innovative design and high quality. Rheem is now in its eighth consecutive year as a NASCAR sponsor.