In the ongoing saga with Steve Turner, Harry Scott, Jr. and Turner Scott Motorsports, a new twist has been added to the puzzle. TSM announced last week that they had shut down the No. 30 truck team, driven by Ron Hornaday, due to lack of funding. However, Rheem Motorsports Managing Director Ed Raniszeski told Sirius XM Speedway that he was stunned to hear of the team closing.
“I learned about it through the media,” said Raniszeski. “I was dumbfounded, since I had told Turner Scott Motorsports that we would sponsor any of Ron’s races that they were unable to find backing for.”
Raniszeski added that as of the beginning of the year, Rheem wasn’t going to fund any races in the Camping World Truck Series due to their partnership with James Busecher in the Nationwide Series. However, the company agreed to sponsor Hornaday for the first four events of the season due to the longstanding relationship the pair have. After the fourth event of the season, Raniszeski extended that relationship to 10 races, before stating after the 14th race that they’d sponsor any race that Hornaday didn’t have sponsorship for.
“I told them that if they didn’t have a sponsor in place two weeks before each race, Rheem would step-up,” Raniszeski said. “This commitment… came (from) the company’s sole belief that someone who has given so much to racing and to others throughout his life deserved an opportunity to finish his spectacular, Hall Of Fame-worthy career as a champion, one last time.”
Raniezeski also told Sirius XM Speedway that he has yet to receive any explanation from TSM co-owners Turner and Scott, Jr., and is currently working with Hornaday to help him find a ride.
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