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Four-time Truck Series champion will be back in action at Las Vegas and Texas NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Ron Hornaday Jr . will return to competition later this year in a deal put together by sponsor Rheem and NTS Motorsports with technical support from Richard Childress Racing . In a release posted on its web site, Rheem said the Atlanta, Georgia, based company would sponsor an entry for Hornaday for two of the final seven races in the series –- the Sept. 27 race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as well as the Oct. 31 event at Texas Motor Speedway . According to the company, Rheem "has been working to find the best available truck equipment, crew and technical expertise in an effort to return Hornaday to the truck series before the end of the 2014 season." Hornaday , with funding provided in part by Rheem, was fourth in points when Turner Scott Motorsports officials ceased operations for the No. 30 team earlier this month. He did not compete at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park , dropping to sixth in points, and is not in Saturday night's Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway . NTS currently fields two Truck Series teams with Brennan Newberry and Gray Gaulding as the primary drivers for those teams and the organization has also had Michael Annett, Austin Dillon , John King , Justin Lofton , Chase Pistone and Jason White drive trucks for them this year. It is expected that the Hornaday team will be in addition to those two teams. "Rheem is pleased to play a part in bringing Ron Hornaday back to where he belongs … racing trucks to win and bringing excitement and enjoyment to Camping World Truck Series fans," Ed Raniszeski, managing director for Rheem Motorsports, said. "None of this would have been possible without the solid support of NTS Motorsports and RCR. "We all welcome Ron back and can't wait to see him back in the saddle." Hornaday is a four-time series champion, winning Truck Series titles in 1996, '98, 2007 and '09. He has 51 career wins in the series. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: NASCAR Chase Grid games WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Loss of ride sidelined veteran for past three events Four-time series champion Ron Hornaday Jr ., idle for the last three races, will return to NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . Hornaday is scheduled to drive the No. 9 Chevrolet for NTS Motorsports in Saturday night's Rhino Linings 350 (10 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). The 56-year-old veteran drove the No. 9 for Joe Denette Motorsports in 2012, then continued in the truck the following year when Denette's team merged with truck owner Bob Newberry's to form NTS. Hornaday was forced to the sidelines after last month's race at Bristol Motor Speedway when Turner Scott Motorsports dialed back its operation from three full-time trucks to two. He returns to the series with a streak of three top-fives in his last four races. "I want to say thanks to Bob Newberry and Rheem for working together to give me this great opportunity to get back behind the wheel of a NCWTS Silverado," said Hornaday , who still ranks 10th in series standings despite missing three races. "I'm looking forward to racing in Las Vegas, as we have a lot of family and friends on the West Coast that will be there." Hornaday has a history of success at the 1.5-mile track outside Sin City. He prevailed at Vegas from the Keystone Light Pole in 2011 while driving for team owner Kevin Harvick , and he finished sixth after leading 23 laps his last time out at LVMS last season. Ryan McKinney will serve as crew chief for Hornaday's efforts this weekend. Four drivers -- Justin Lofton , Brennan Newberry , Chase Pistone and Jason White -- have taken turns behind the wheel of the NTS No. 9 this season. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Ron Hornaday Jr talks about how happy he is jsut to bring his truck home clean with a 3rd place finish and how tough it was to draft tonight.
With one win, Crafton leads Peters, Hornaday Jr . by eight points in the standings
Ron Hornaday Jr . makes an amazing save after he spins between Turn 3 and Turn 4 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Johnny Sauter, Ron Hornaday and Nelson Piquet Jr . get together in Turn 3 and draw the fourth caution of the night.
Truck Series heads to Las Vegas with four-way battle for title Darrell Wallace Jr . has insisted that he considers "points" a forbidden term in his vocabulary, even as he ventures deeper into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship fight. His goal remains the same as ever: wins, which -- figuratively, at least -- he doesn't consider a four-letter word. Wallace's bid for a third victory this season heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend for Saturday night's Rhino Linings 350 (10 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1), the 17th of 22 races this season. He enters the final stand-alone event of the year at the 1.5-mile track fourth in the series standings, just 35 points back of leader and defending series champion Matt Crafton . While Wallace's three career wins have come at a short tracks (Martinsville, Eldora) and a relatively flat 1.25-mile layout with short-track characteristics (Gateway), he said his Kyle Busch Motorsports team's growth on the intermediate-sized 1.5-mile tracks has been measurable. Strong suits aside, the 20-year-old hasn't strayed from the approach that's brought him success. "I'm excited for Vegas," Wallace said last Sunday after a second-place run at New Hampshire. "Got a brand-new Toyota Tundra going there, and we should be OK, but I'm not worried about the championship. I'll just let the crew worry about that and I'll go out and try to win races." Wallace sits at the back end of a four-driver breakaway atop the standings. Johnny Sauter , Crafton's ThorSport Racing teammate and a winner at Las Vegas in 2009, ranks second with just a seven-point deficit in search of his first title. Ryan Blaney , in his second full season of Camping World Truck Series competition, sits third, just 24 points off the top. After Wallace, it's another 37 points back to fifth-place German Quiroga , another second-year driver who's come oh-so-close to notching his first Truck Series victory. The Mexico native wound up as runner-up to Wallace at Gateway in June by a margin of .329 seconds, then came up short by just .049 seconds -- about a fender -- to Blaney in a thrilling finish last month at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park . To put his name among the championship contenders, Quiroga will have to make strides from his 21st-place finish -- last on the lead lap -- in his Vegas debut last season. "Last year was my first time competing at Las Vegas and we struggled a bit," Quiroga said. "This time around I have a full season under my belt and feel better prepared. I have a lot of friends and family visiting this weekend, so it would be great to capture my first win in front of them." Two other former Vegas winners are scheduled to be in the field: Defending race winner Timothy Peters , Quiroga's Red Horse Racing teammate, and four-time series champion Ron Hornaday Jr ., who returns to the series with NTS Motorsports after a three-race absence. Joe Nemechek , who has 15 starts each in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series at the 1.5-mile track, is scheduled to make his first truck start at Las Vegas this weekend. Nemechek, an occasional competitor in all three NASCAR national series this season, will celebrate his 51st birthday Friday. After Las Vegas, the series takes two weeks off before returning Oct. 18 at Talladega Superspeedway . That event kicks off a season-ending stretch of races on five consecutive weekends, culminating with the Nov. 14 finale as part of Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway . MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Rookie Jeb Burton puts veteran Ron Hornaday Jr . into the wall at Martinsville.
Ron Hornaday Jr . makes contact with Brennan Newberry but avoids major contact in the Smith's 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.