Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Hornaday, Little Among West Coast HOF Inductees


Hornaday, Little Among West Coast HOF Inductees
Ron Hornaday Jr. will be inducted into the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame in June. But don’t view the latest accomplishment as the final event of the four-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion’s racing career.
"Honestly, I’m honored but [I] don’t know what to think as I feel I am not done [driving] yet and working on more records," said Hornaday, who joins his late father Ron Hornaday Sr. as a WCSCHOF member. The elder Hornaday, a two-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion, was inducted in the Hall’s 2002 inaugural class.
Hornaday, 54, finished third in 2013’s season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway – his best series performance at the 2.5-mile superspeedway. He is the career leader in most series categories: wins (51), top-five (149) and top-10 (215) finishes. Hornaday won the pole for the series’ first race in 1995 driving a Chevrolet for Dale Earnhardt Inc.
The Palmdale, Calif., competitor competed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for Earnhardt and Richard Childress, winning four times. He also drove in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for A.J. Foyt.
"I think getting voted into the Hall of Fame is a neat deal knowing that my dad is a member, too," Hornaday said. "It would just be a little sweeter if he was alive to enjoy this with me."
Hornaday’s 2013 classmates include Chad Little, the 1987 NASCAR K&N Pro Series champion, NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide competitor and current NCWTS director; Derrike Cope, 1990 Daytona 500 winner; Randy Lynch, NASCAR K&N Pro Series championship car owner; and Buddy Jobe, former owner/developer of Phoenix International Raceway.
Induction ceremonies will take place June 20 at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif., in conjunction with the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend at Sonoma Raceway.

Daytona Finish Validates Jeb Burton’s Bloodline
Jeb Burton’s fifth-place finish in last month’s NextEra Energy Resources 250 is proof-positive the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. His father, Ward Burton, won the 2002 Daytona 500 and his uncle, Jeff Burton, also is a Daytona International Speedway winner.
The finish was the youngest Burton’s first series top five in just his sixth race. His previous best was an eighth at another historic NASCAR Sprint Cup facility – Charlotte Motor Speedway last May.
Next stop: Martinsville Speedway, where Burton, 20, qualified seventh in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut last spring.
"Daytona was a great way for my team to start off the season," said Burton, a Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender. "It's all about survival, taking your time and being smart, and watching out for others that are not making the right moves."
The April 6 Kroger 250 will be a home race for Halifax, Va.’s, Burton. "Having the support of friends and family there will be another added bonus," he said.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Etc.
Defending NCWTS champion James Buescher was in his home state of Texas earlier this week participating in Media Day at Texas Motor Speedway. … Former NCWTS competitor Butch Miller has been named crew chief for Caleb Holman. Holman is scheduled to make his first start of the season at Martinsville on April 6. Miller won his only series event in 1995 at Colorado National Speedway, a 0.375-mile oval.

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