Don’t Hit Panic Button On Hornaday Just Yet

By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on

Ron Hornaday cut a tire in Saturday’s EZ-Go 200 at Atlanta, which sent him to a 34th-place finish. After two events in 2010 Hornaday sits way back in 28th in points. To put his horrid start in perspective, his car owner Kevin Harvick, who won today’s race, has only ran one race this season and even he sits eight spots higher in the standings than the 2009 champion at 20th.

Ron Hornaday is officially off to the worst start of his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career, but don’t jump ship on Hornaday just yet.

If I had to count on anyone to make a rally from this kind of start, it would be Hornaday, and it’s simple why. Ron Hornaday is arguably the best Truck Series driver of all-time with four championships and 45 victories on his resume… So he can only stay down for so long.

In 2006, Hornaday’s first year with Kevin Harvick’s team, he started off the season with two finishes outside the top 20, yet he would rally to finish seventh in the overall point standings. Impressive, but what’s even more impressive is that Hornaday’s worst finish in the point standings in a full season in the truck series is seventh. He has finished seventh twice (1999 and 2006). Outside of those two seasons Hornaday has finished the season in the top-five of the rankings every other year he has raced in all of the events.

So excuse me if I don’t sound panicked by Hornaday’s sluggish start, but the stats speak for themselves… Hornaday will eventually get hot, and be right back in the thick of things.

Author: Toby Christie

Toby is the Editor of and Social Media Director of all things @TheFinalLap. He is the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly radio show and podcast, and he is the writer and co-host of the Racing Legends podcast. Additionally, Toby is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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