Four-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday Jr. announced on Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway that he will race for Joe Dennette Motor Sports in 2012. After weeks of uncertainty of where the former champion would land with his long time home of Kevin Harvick Incorporated closing it’s doors after the 2011 season, Hornaday finally revealed his plans for the season.
Hornaday, who has been a long time driver for Team Chevy in the NASCAR ranks, stays loyal to his ‘color’s as he makes his move to Joe Dennete Motor Sports in the No. 9.
“I couldn’t see me going to another manufacture,” said Hornaday.
“I’ve been with Chevrolet with all seven of my championships- Chevrolet has been with me for a long time.”
“I wouldn’t even know where the distributor cap is at on another manufacture,” he joked.
The move comes after rumors floating around that Kyle Busch Motor Sports wanted Hornaday to drive on of their Toyota Tundras for the 2012 season. Busch and Hornaday, who have had their fair share of ‘run ins’ with one another, tried to get the deal accomplished, at least from the Busch end.
“You guys all heard he( Kyle Busch) called me,” said Hornday. ” I don’t know how sincere he was about it. He called me like three times, Rick Ren( Hornaday’s former crew chief at KHI) did and I already told him that Joe and I made a deal.
“Hermie( Sadler who has been overseeing the JDM operation) shook hands at Texas and told him we did the deal.”
When the announcement of KHI departing from the truck series after this season came to the forefront, the first thing on Hornday’s mind was just the same as the rest of us.
“Why? What happened,” he said. “I went up there to thank Kevin(Harvick) for everything he’s done for my career.”
“You can’t get mad about it though.”
After seasons of mixed resluts, Joe Dennette Motor Sports may be on the rise with the addition of arguably the best driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.