BUSCH: Ron Hornaday finishes off rookie season fifth in points

A successful season in the Busch Series doesn't necessarily guarantee a return engagement. Just ask Ron Hornaday. The driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet was let go from Dale Earnhardt Inc. at the end of 2000 after the team decided to abolish its...

A successful season in the Busch Series doesn't necessarily guarantee a return engagement. Just ask Ron Hornaday.

The driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet was let go from Dale Earnhardt Inc. at the end of 2000 after the team decided to abolish its Busch program.

Hornaday will take his talent to Winston Cup racing this year to drive for A.J. Foyt.

In Hornaday's lone season of Busch racing, he had two victories, six top-5s and 13 top-10s. Edged out by Kevin Harvick for rookie-of-the-year honors, Hornaday wound up fifth in the overall points standings and won $719,000. His most productive stretch was an eight-race span in which he got both his victories and seven top-10s.

Running up front wasn't anything new to him. He was the Craftsman Truck Series champion in 1996 and 1998, and his 25 victories on the circuit make him the series' all-time leader.

Hornaday's move to Winston Cup was spurred on by Rick Mast's departure from the Foyt-owned No. 14 car.

Even though the change means Hornaday, 43, will be a rookie for the second time in as many years, he isn't the least bit intimidated, even when it comes to competing against his former boss, The Intimidator.

"I.m going to do the same thing I did to get here,^ Hornaday said. "That's to go fast and win races. Being a rookie just means I have to learn the cars and the engines and the tracks. If that means taking a bump from behind from Earnhardt, then so be it. I'll take it and dish right back."

-nascar.com

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Kevin Harvick , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Rick Mast , A.J. Foyt