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Ron Hornaday Jr., No. 30 Chevy to miss Phoenix, Fontana

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Having missed last weekend’s Sprint Cup race in Las Vegas, The Motorsports Group also will skip the remaining two races on NASCAR’s current west coast swing.

The team announced on its official Twitter account that means the No. 30 Chevrolet SS, with veteran driver Ron Hornaday Jr., will not be at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend nor Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., next weekend.

Hornaday and the No. 30 are expected to return for the STP 500 weekend March 27-29 at Martinsville Speedway.

It’s been a rough start to the 2015 season for the No. 30 team.

Hornaday was hired on Jan. 21, and veteran Pat Tryson was named crew chief on Feb. 3, a week before the start of Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway.

Hornaday failed to qualify for the season-opening Daytona 500. He qualified 34th at Atlanta Motor Speedway and finished 42nd, completing 187 laps of 325 laps before a rear gear broke.

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