Last season, Ron Hornaday battled Johnny Benson to the last lap of the last race in the Camping World Truck Series, but finished second to Benson, by seven points.
This year, it’s different. Whether for lack of competition, or the sheer strength of his Kevin Harvick Inc. team, Hornaday has run away with the title..
He has finished no worse than seventh in the standings since joining the group in 2005 and gave the organization its first title in 2007. The group has worked together to earn 19 wins during the span, and Hornaday has become the series-leading winner with 45 victories.
Both Hornaday and crew chief Rick Ren continually point out the Harvicks’ work ethic and their commitment to looking forward instead of backward when it comes to making changes or recovering from a setback. They simply refuse to dwell on what might have been. Instead, they look over any mechanical failures, dismiss any incidents that were out of their control and move on to the next race.
It has clearly been a winning formula. Hornaday has 82 top-10 finishes since joining the team, 55 of them top-fives, as well as the wins.
Top 10 points leaders after 23 of 25: 1. Hornaday-3,657, 2. Crafton-3,460, 3. Skinner-3,302, 4. Bodine-3,150, 5. Braun-3,089, 6. Scott-3,050, 7. Sauter-3,033, 8. Peters-3,009, 9. Starr-2,987, 10. Crawford-2,928.