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Hornaday Is Third-Quarter DOTY Winner

Lewis Franck | , RacinToday.com Friday, November 6 2009
Camping World Truck Series driver Ron Hornaday Jr. is presented his trophy and Tissot watch by voting-panel member Lewis Franck, left, and Driver of the Year president Barry Schmoyer. (Photo courtesy of Brian Czobat/Autostock)

Camping World Truck Series driver Ron Hornaday Jr. is presented his trophy and Tissot watch by voting-panel member Lewis Franck, left, and Driver of the Year president Barry Schmoyer. (Photo courtesy of Brian Czobat/Autostock)

By Lewis Franck
Driver of the Year Award

A fierce competitor in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck series, Ron Hornaday, Jr. looked a little stunned when he saw the trophy that went along with his election as Driver of the Year 3rd Qtr. 2009.

Many times the trucks race as a support series to NASCAR’s senior circuit, the Sprint Cup Series. But in winning the quarter he beat out names like Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon, and Tony Stewart in the minds of the leading broadcasters and journalists who vote on the award.

Hornaday also beat IndyCar drivers such as Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon.

On Saturday, before Hornaday’s race at Talladega Super Speedway, Driver of the Year president, Barry Schmoyer, presented the prestigious trophy and a Tissot watch to signify the event.

Hornaday was a humble recipient when he said, “First of all, that is a really big honor, but I should accept that trophy for KHI (Kevin Harvick, Inc.) and the whole team.

“You are only as good as your team and your truck. I have been real fortunate to drive for Kevin and DeLana (Harvick). They have given me great equipment to achieve that accomplishment. That really means a lot.

“To be the only Truck driver so far to win that, that is pretty cool. There are a lot of other Truck drivers that make me look good, to put on the good races we put on in the Camping World Truck Series, to be able to win that. So on behalf of all of NASCAR and everybody as well as all of KHI, thanks for that award that was pretty cool.”

Lewis Franck | , RacinToday.com Friday, November 6 2009
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Quotes

“There is no higher compliment on your driving. Of all the awards, this one is special. The criteria go directly to your performance. It carries an awful lot of prestige.”
– Mario Andretti

“It’s an honor to be named Driver of the Year ... It’s something I take a lot of pride in, especially since one of the guys I’ve always looked up to in racing, A.J. Foyt, won this award back in 1975."
– Tony Stewart

“I said it in December, and I’ll say it again – this award is dedicated to our Army Strong soldiers Their teamwork and passion are inspiring and a huge part of our drive to be successful.”
-Tony Schumacher.

Previous Recipients

2011-Tony Stewart
2010-Jimmie Johnson
2009-Jimmie Johnson
2008-Tony Schumacher
2007-Jimmie Johnson
2006-Jimmie Johnson
2005-Tony Stewart
2004-Greg Anderson
2003-Ryan Newman
2002-Cristiano da Matta
2001-Jeff Gordon
2000-Bobby Labonte
1999-Dale Jarrett
1998-Jeff Gordon
1997-Jeff Gordon
1996-John Force
1995-Jeff Gordon
1994-Dale Earnhardt
1993-Nigel Mansell
1992-Bobby Rahal
1991-Michael Andretti
1990-Al Unser, Jr.
1989-Emerson Fittipaldi
1988-Bill Elliott
1987-Dale Earnhardt
1986-Bobby Rahal
1985-Bill Elliott
1984-Mario Andretti
1983-Bobby Rahal
1982-Darrell Waltrip
1981-Darrell Waltrip
1980-Johnny Rutherford
1979-Darrell Waltrip
1978-Mario Andretti
1977-Cale Yarborough
1976-David Pearson
1975-A.J. Foyt
1974-Bobby Unser
1973-David Pearson
1972-Bobby Allison
1971-Richard Petty
1970-Al Unser, Sr.
1969-Lee Roy Yarbrough
1968-Mark Donohue
1967-Mario Andretti