Defending Truck Series Champion Ron Hornaday has been hurt by a bad start to the season with multiple issues.
Starting even before the season started, Hornaday lost his crew chief Rick Ren to Kyle Busch Motorsports. Hornaday went into the first race at Daytona, finishing 27th after starting fifth after a wreck. However, something didn’t feel right and the new crew chief was gone as of Monday.
A new crew chief was hired and Hornaday headed to California. Qualifying went well as Hornaday won the pole, though after a tire rub resulted after contact with Kyle Busch and cut the tire, Hornaday finished 33rd.
With this bad start to the season, can Hornaday make up the ground and win the championship again?
In Hornaday’s past two championships, his first two races of the year have had a finish no worse than seventh.
In 2009, he finished fifth at Daytona and sixth at California, followed by seventh at Atlanta.
In 2007, he finished seventh at Daytona and second at California, followed by 11th at Atlanta.
Hornaday has the team behind him that could comeback to win it as they have been impressive in the past, such as the five wins in a row last year. Though what could stop them is 2006 champion Todd Bodine, whose got off to a good start, and his biggest competitor last year Matt Crafton.
Martinsville will be the key if he can make the comeback as to make up the points loss, he will need a make sure to get a good finish. According to Truck Series history, no driver whom has started the year with three straight bad finishes has gone on to win the truck series championship.
Though Hornaday has done well at Martinsville in the past as last year he finished second and sixth in 2007 so Martinsville could be the turning point.