Continuing my articles on the newest nominees for the Hall of Fame. This week, I highlight Ron Hornaday Jr.
One could consider Ron Hornaday Jr to be the Richard Petty of the truck series. He may not have anywhere near as many wins, but He does have the most wins (51) and the most championships (4) in the truck series. As of right now the only one that can catch him for wins is Kyle Busch who is only 7 wins behind him. As for active truck drivers he has a big cushion over Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter who only have 11. Even on championships, Matt Crafton still needs two more just to tie.
Ron would compete in all three of NASCAR’s top series, but would only have success in the truck series. He ran sporadically at the cup level only running one full season for A. J. Foyt Enterprises, finishing 38th in points. He ran 11 years at the cup level and notched only one top ten. He had better luck in the Xfinity series. Claiming 4 wins and 70 top tens over 14 years, only 3 of them full time.
He would take 4 years off from the trucks to run full time in the cup and Xfinity series, but nothing compared to his success in the trucks and he returned to the trucks now racing for Kevin Harvick Inc. Giving KHI their only championships and many of the team’s wins. After the closing of KHI, Ron would only run for three more years finishing no higher than 13th. He would also not attempt 6 races in his final season. Three of which is because of Turner Scott Motorsports folding, the other 3 would because he shared his new ride with Brenden Newberry and Ty Dillon.
What are your thoughts? Will Ron Hornaday Jr make it in to the hall in just his first year? How long do you think it will take before he does get inducted? Or should I ask if you think he should be inducted?