Hornaday to enter ASA Midwest Tour events

Ron Hornaday Grounds Himself in ASA Midwest Tour DAYTONA BEACH, FL (May 18, 2007) -- Two-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Champion Ron Hornaday from Palmdale, California, will be taking on the region's hottest stars in short track racing...

Ron Hornaday Grounds Himself in ASA Midwest Tour

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (May 18, 2007) -- Two-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Champion Ron Hornaday from Palmdale, California, will be taking on the region's hottest stars in short track racing in ASA Midwest Tour competition in several events during the 2007 season.

Hornaday set a new NASCAR Truck Series record for most wins at 30 with his most recent win at Lowe's Motor Speedway this last weekend. For his first race with new sponsor, Camping World, Ron Hornaday raced his way to the front of the field and never looked back. He started the race from the seventh position, and dominated the Quaker Steak and Lube 200 leading 98 of 136 laps before going to victory lane. (RonHornaday.com)

"Short track racing is my favorite and I'm really excited about this summer racing with the ASA Midwest Tour. I love the fans in the Midwest and the atmosphere is so much different from NASCAR -- it's always nice going back to where you started. I like talking one-on-one with the fans and you can do that at the short tracks. The atmosphere is so personable and the fans are great. These are my roots and I've never let that get away. My wife and I made a pact when we moved out to North Carolina that if we forgot where we came from none of this would be worth it," Hornaday explained, smiling all the while.

For the third year, Ron is driving the Kevin Harvick Inc. #33 Camping World entry in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 2007.

Hornaday won NCTS Championships in 1996 and 1998 and has since competed in both the Truck Series and the NASCAR Busch Series. Most recently he was awarded Most Popular Driver in the Truck Series in 2005.

Ron raced karts and motorcycles before beginning his stock car career driving at Saugus Speedway near Los Angeles. He won championships at the 1/3-mile asphalt oval. He helped his father with his Winston West car growing up. He landed his first job as an auto mechanic at 14-years-old and has never stopped learning.

In his free time, Hornaday enjoys boating and shooting skeet. He prepares for a race by driving every lap of the track in his sleep the night before an event, and unwinds by sitting down and discussing the race with his wife Lindy and while watching the replay.

"This is just awesome for the American Speed Association and our fans. Ron Hornaday is one of the hardest racing short track drivers that I know and for him to choose the ASA Midwest Tour, leaves us speechless. Guys like Ron Hornaday haven't forgot where they came from and are willing to help the short track business stay alive with his appearances," stated Steve Einhaus. "I would also like to give a special thanks to the whole Maynard/Feiler racing team and their sponsor Heat N Glo for putting this deal together. This is a huge gesture by this team to put this together and it should not go unrecognized," he added.

Hornaday is scheduled to race in the American Speed Association Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by Echo Outdoor Power Equipment events at LaCrosse Speedway (WI) July 3, I-94 Raceway in Sauk Centre (MN) July 7, Madison International Speedway (WI) July 20, and Wisconsin International Raceway August 7. He will be driving a car owned by Matt Maynard and sponsored by Heat N Glo.

"Live every day like it's Saturday," Ron says. More information about Hornaday is available online at www.ronhornaday.com.

-credit: asa

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Series NASCAR , Stock car
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Ron Hornaday Jr.