A Happy Harvick Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving will be a special one around the Harvick (Kevin and DeLana) household as they are coming off their first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship as owners.

Their driver Ron Hornaday Jr. collected a record $370,119 in point fund awards on Monday night, which could help for one big feast on Thanksgiving Day.

But for Kevin Harvick, this particular holiday might be spent remembering how thankful he is of Hornaday helping him get that shot to go NASCAR NEXTEL Cup racing.

"Well, I think for me it's obviously very personal," said Harvick after Hornaday locked up the championship last Friday. "I slept on Ron's couch for a number of months, just trying to get a break in this sport. Lindy and Ron basically took me into their house and made me part of their family. When Ron was kind of out in the cold there looking for something to do, we had our Truck team going and really wanted to go forward, I felt like Ron was the right person to put in there.

"You know, he's been as a part of our company as he was when I was sleeping on his couch. I mean, Ron Hornaday is the same type of person now as he was then, and that's what's so great about him.

"For me it's obviously a little bit more personal than it probably has been for a lot of other people, but to share that moment with him on the backstretch and be the first one to congratulate him, that's something I'll never forget."

DeLana Harvick, who is listed as the owner of Hornaday's No. 33 Chevrolet, has been part of championships as a wife and now as an owner.

"I've been fortunate to be a part of championships with Kevin, but there's nothing that can quite describe the feeling that you have when it's your own and your own team because we're there every day with these guys and we see how hard they work," DeLana Harvick said.

Harvick's first full season of Truck Series racing came in 1998 when he piloted the No. 75 Chevrolet for Wayne Spears. It was then, that Hornaday helped broker a deal between Harvick and Richard Childress.

"Richard Childress couldn't talk to him because he was under contract, I talked to Kevin to get a hold of Richard and that's kind of how that thing worked out," Hornaday said.

Hornaday still is reminded of that year every time he steps into Harvick's office.

"The best picture, Kevin Harvick has got it in the office, he's driving a Spears truck and I'm driving our truck, driving for Dale Earnhardt, and my left front fender and my hood was kinked the same way as Kevin Harvick's was."


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