Whether Turner Scott Motorsports shutters its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series program seems to be up in the air, but one thing’s for certain, it’s left series veteran driver Ron Hornaday out of a ride, at least for Sunday afternoon’s race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Hornaday finds himself without a ride for the weekend, despite being fourth in the championship owner points standings.
Turner Scott Motorsports, which fields entries in both the Camping World Truck and Nationwide series, is co-owned by Steve Turner, founder of the team, and Harry Scott Jr., who also owns the Sprint Cup Series team HScott Motorsports.
The team originally entered three trucks for Sunday’s race — the No. 30 to be driven by Ron Hornaday, Ben Kennedy’s No. 31, and the No. 32 to be driven by Cameron Hayley in his Truck Series debut. Up to this point in the season, Kennedy and Hornaday have been regulars for TSM, while the No. 32 has been driven by various drivers.
Reports earlier in the week had TSM laying off employees attached to the No. 30 and No. 32 truck teams, while keeping Kennedy’s No. 31 team intact; however a written statement from Scott on Wednesday had both the No. 31 and No. 32 with drivers Kennedy and Hayley making the trip to Canada.
Scott’s statement also touched on the continuation of the organization’s Nationwide Series programs that provide rides for Nationwide rookie Dylan Kwasniewski and Sprint Cup Series regular Kyle Larson.
“Turner Scott Motorsports remains in operation and will compete in this weekend’s NASCAR events. TSM’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race teams represented by the No. 42 driven by Kyle Larson and the No. 31 driven by Dylan Kwasniewski will complete this weekend as scheduled at Atlanta Motor Speedway,” Scott’s statement read.
“The No. 31 driven by Ben Kennedy and the No. 32 driven by Cameron Hayley in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will compete as scheduled at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this coming Sunday.
“My investment company, a co-owner of TSM, will continue to do all that it can to keep the team moving forward with or without our business partner Steve Turner. To all TSM employees, sponsors, partners and fans I pledge we will continue to do what we can to keep the teams racing hard each and every week of the season.”
To compound the problems and uncertainty at Turner Scott Motorsports, Scott and Turner are suing each other, with Turner filing in his home state of Texas and Scott filing his suit in North Carolina.
Turner is seeking $3 million in his suit, claiming that he’s been lending money to the race team while Scott has failed in his responsibility of making sure vendors are paid. According to Turner, Scott agreed that the race team owed Turner approximately $2 million when Scott became 40 percent owner of the team in 2012 and that the race team would repay Turner. According to Turner, he has yet to be repaid and continues to funnel his own funds into the race team. Turner also wants Scott removed from his leadership role within the team.
Meanwhile, Scott has filed a notice of suit and has requested an extension file a complaint against Turner.