Ron Hornaday admits performance-enhancing drug use.

Say it ain’t so: The former Orange Show Speedway standout admits taking testosterone – before it was banned.


NEW YORK (AP) — Ron Hornaday Jr., the defending NASCAR Craftsman Trucks champion who is second in this year’s standings, admitted using testosterone for more than a year before it was added to the sport’s banned list.

Hornaday, 50, told ESPN he received shipments of testosterone and human growth hormone from December 2004 to January 2006, and that the drugs came from an anti-aging center that has been linked to drug-related scandals in the NFL and Major League Baseball.

Hornaday, who won the Camping World 200 on Saturday, acknowledged taking testosterone when shown records from the Palm Beach (Fla.) Rejuvenation Center during an interview with ESPN at his home in North Carolina on Tuesday. He said the growth hormone was sent to his home for his wife’s use.

He said he used the testosterone to treat a medical condition that later turned out to be a hyperactive thyroid.

Hornaday provided records to ESPN showing that the drugs were prescribed by doctors at the clinic within a day of his visit. He said he didn’t see or speak with a doctor before receiving the prescription, and used it roughly every day for 13 months by rubbing a “pea-sized” amount onto his thigh.

“I couldn’t see a difference,” he said. “That’s why I stopped.”

NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston told ESPN that Hornaday had not informed anyone in the organization that he was using testosterone and that officials would seek more information from him before the Camping World RV Rental 200 in New Hampshire this weekend.

“It’s hard to see whether it’s a violation or not,” said Poston, who noted that NASCAR’s drug-testing policy prohibits the abuse of all drugs. “There are certain prescriptions that drivers can take, and we look at them on a case-by-case basis. If it’s not putting other drivers at risk or enhancing performance — and it’s used as intended — we’ll make determinations as they come up.”

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.