Sam Hornish Jr. has been remarkably good on plate tracks this year considering that he missed the entire 2013 and 2014 seasons on this course type. He finished 12th in the Daytona 500 and was sixth in the Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway.
Sam Hornish Jr. scored his second top-10 of the season with a 10th at Sonoma Raceway in the Toyota / Save Mart 350. His previous top-10 was a sixth earned in the Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway.
Sam Hornish Jr recorded the third-fastest lap in the first practice session for the Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. His top speed was 95.091.
Sam Hornish Jr. had a little excitement early in practice for the Axalta 400. He spun out of turn one 15 minutes into the first session, but did not hit anything.
Sam Hornish Jr. has finished on the lead lap in 75 percent of his starts at Pocono Raceway, including in his last attempt in the 2012 Pennsylvania 400. He finished 19th in that event after starting 25th.
Sam Hornish Jr. will attempt to get reacquainted with Dover International Speedway this week. His last Cup start on this track came in 2012 and his last attempt in an XFINITY car was in 2013.
Sam Hornish Jr. qualified 26th for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, which has been about average for the No. 9 this year. His last four qualification attempts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks have been either 26th or 29th.
In an effort to further the chemistry of the No. 9 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race team, Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) announced today Kevin Manion has been assigned as the crew chief of that team with driver Sam Hornish, Jr.
Sam Hornish Jr. earned his first top-10 of the season in the Geico 500. He crossed under the checkers sixth.
Sam Hornish Jr. has a spotty record at best on restrictor-plate, superspeedways. In 16 attempts on this track type, he has failed to qualify twice, failed to finish four times, and finished off the lead lap 11 times.
Sam Hornish Jr. has shown steady improvement during the past three weeks after suffering through an engine related problem at Auto Club. Each event that followed has been better than the one that preceded it.
Sam Hornish Jr. was forced to take a provisional starting position to make the Food City 500. He will roll off the grid 39th. This was the second time in the past three races he was forced to fall back on that rule. He finished 32nd two weeks ago at Martinsville after starting 38th.
Sam Hornish Jr. has finished in the top 20 in his last three Texas starts. He attended both 2010 races and finished 19th in the spring and 18th in the fall. He started only one event since then and finished 17th in fall 2012.
Richard Petty Motorsports and Biagi-DenBeste Racing announced today that they will continue their partnership with Sam Hornish Jr. in the Biagi-DenBeste No. 98 Ford Mustang in five NASCAR XFINITY Series races this season. Hornish drove for the team in the XFINITY Series earlier this season.