* Hornaday Returns To Victory Lane * FOX To Air Saturday's Race * Ren Wins With Fifth Different Driver Hornaday Back On Track DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 21, 2007) - The timing couldn't be better for Ron Hornaday Jr. (No. 33 ...
* Hornaday Returns To Victory Lane
* FOX To Air Saturday's Race
* Ren Wins With Fifth Different Driver
Hornaday Back On Track
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 21, 2007) - The timing couldn't be better for Ron Hornaday Jr. (No. 33 Camping World Chevrolet) to return to Mansfield Motorsports Park. Hornaday, the defending race winner at Mansfield, ended a 17-race winless streak when he grabbed the checkered flag at Lowe's Motor Speedway last Friday night.
Hornaday had not won a race since Kentucky Speedway on July 8, 2006. The streak was the third-longest of Hornaday's career -- he went 28 races without a victory in 2005-2006.
The win moved Hornaday up to third in the standings. It is the first time Hornaday, the series champion in 1996 and 1998, has been third since Oct. 2005, following Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Hornaday now has 30 career victories in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series -- a series record. He has won at least one race in nine different seasons, including every season that he has started more than one race (he started one race in 2004 and finished sixth).
Saturday's Ohio 250 at Mansfield Motorsports Park will be broadcast on FOX, the second series race the network will air this season.
Before the season, FOX announced that two races would air on the network -- the March 31 race at Martinsville Speedway and a second event to be determined.
The Martinsville race earned a 1.6 national rating on FOX, according to Nielsen Media Research, making it the most watched series event in 10 years.
The last time a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race had been broadcast on network television before this season was in 2000.
The remainder of the 2007 races will be broadcast on SPEED.
Ren Ties Record For Wins With Different Drivers
Friday night's win was a special one for crew chief Rick Ren, who tied a series record for wins with different drivers. Ron Hornaday Jr. was the fifth different driver Ren has led to victory, tying John Monsam for the most different drivers. Ren's first win came with Rick Carelli at Bristol Motor Speedway in 1996. Carelli is now Hornaday's spotter. Ironically, Hornaday and Carelli both won races with Monsam.
The win was the 12th of Ren's career, tying him with Fred Graves for fourth all-time. All 12 of Graves' wins were with Hornaday.
Ren has five wins with Johnny Benson (No. 23 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Toyota), three with Andy Houston, two with Travis Kvapil (No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford) and one with Carelli.