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Team: Richard Petty Motorsports-9
Age / DOB:  (35) / 7/2/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 165

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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.
Hornish finished 24th and 26th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway respectively. Last week at Kansas Speedway he had his best run on this track type with Richard Petty Motorsports: Hornish finished 16th after starting 26th. May 22 - 9:38 AM

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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.

He will begin his duties immediately and call the race this weekend at Kansas Speedway. Manion has five wins in the premier Sprint Cup Series and 15 wins in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. In addition, he has led his race teams to over 60 Top-10 and 25 Top-Five finishes in his Cup career. He also has 10 poles. Manion replaces Drew Blickensderfer who has been offered another position within the organization.-Breaking Limits
May 5 - 8:20 PM

Sam Hornish Jr. earned his first top-10 of the season in the Geico 500. He crossed under the checkers sixth.

That was not only his first top-10, but only his second top-15 of the year. He finished 12th in the Daytona 500. In the eight races between these two superspeedway contests, he scored a best of 19th at Bristol and had an average result of 30th. Fantasy players will want to save him for Daytona in July.
May 3 - 6:51 PM

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.

Three of Hornish’s complete races ended in top-15s, so there is a rationale to start the No. 9, but the downside is too steep to make him an easy pick.
Apr 29 - 4:38 PM

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.

Hornish finished 43rd in the Auto Club 400, was 32nd at Martinsville Speedway, 26th at Texas Motor Speedway, and 19th last week at Bristol Motor Speedway despite getting involved in two separate incidents. If he continues to improve, he will be a great value in a couple of weeks at Kansas Speedway.
Apr 23 - 6:47 PM

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.

Hornish found a little more speed in Saturday morning’s practice. He was 24th on the grid with a 10-lap average speed of 123.485 mph among 38 drivers who logged 10 or more laps. That would equate to about a 27th-place finish.
Apr 18 - 11:56 AM

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.

Hornish should be a better value now that he has a fulltime ride, but that has not been uniformly true. In two starts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks this year, he finished 21st at Atlanta and was 24th at Vegas.
Apr 10 - 9:33 AM

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.

He will pilot the No. 98 Biagi-DenBeste Racing Ford Mustang at Texas Motor Speedway Friday, April 10 during the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300. He will also run races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Charlotte Motor Speedway in October and Texas Motor Speedway in November. Hornish is a three-time winner in the XFINITY Series.-Breaking Limits
Apr 7 - 11:05 AM

Sam Hornish Jr. has incurred the most penalties from NASCAR in the first six races of the 2015 season. He has been nailed for various infractions 14 times, which averages to more than two per event.

It is incredibly difficult to maintain any kind of workable track position with that many penalties and while several of these were of the pitting too soon variety that often indicates an incident on the track, it is a variable that must be factored into his handicap.
Apr 2 - 9:30 PM

Sam Hornish Jr. has made eight previous starts at Martinsville, but his most recent effort came in fall 2012. He finished 13th in a third Penske Racing entry.

Hornish also missed the entire 2011 season and the spring 2012 event which means fantasy players have to go back to 2010 for a complete picture of his results. He finished 13th that spring, but sustained damage and finished 25th in the fall—four laps off the pace.
Mar 26 - 10:54 AM

For the first time since the 2013 Brickyard 400, all 43 NASCAR Sprint Cup cars were running at the end of the Auto Club 400.

Sam Hornish Jr. finished 43rd, 54 laps off the pace after sustaining crash damage, but he managed to see the checkers. Equally impressive, 32 drivers finished on the lead lap with Greg Biffle crossing the line last among them after crashing on the white flag.
Mar 23 - 10:52 AM

Sam Hornish Jr. enters the weekend with a four-race, top-20 streak at Auto Club that includes results for Roger Penske and Joe Gibbs.

Before losing his ride in the No. 77, Hornish finished 12th in fall 2009 and then 16th and 15th in 2010’s two races. He finished 17th in relief of Denny Hamlin last year. His Richard Petty Motorsports equipment is capable of finishing that well if he can stay on the lead lap.
Mar 19 - 11:30 PM

Last week, Sam Hornish Jr. qualified eighth and finished 21st at Atlanta. This week, he failed to advance to the second round of time trials and qualified only 29th; he hopes that is an omen for a good result at Vegas.

Hornish just might be on to something because he drove through the field from 38th to 12th in the Daytona 500. On Sunday, he makes his third start for Richard Petty Motorsports and will become more predictable as the team and driver mesh.
Mar 7 - 8:34 AM

Sam Hornish Jr. may be closing in on a top-10 finish at Atlanta. His last start on this track ended in an 11th with Roger Penske in 2012.

Hornish has a good chance to finish that well since he scored his career-best start on Friday. He rolls off the grid eighth this weekend and he was 15th in his last start at Atlanta.
Feb 28 - 4:07 PM

Sam Hornish Jr.’s last Daytona start came in 2012 when he substituted for the recently suspended AJ Allmendinger. He started that race at the back of the pack due to the driver change and sustained crash damage before finishing 33rd.

Since then he has had some success in the XFINITY series, however, with a second in the 2013 Drive4COPD 300 and a seventh later that summer. He also scored a fifth in last year’s Aaron’s 312 at Talladega after winning the pole, so he should not be completely overlooked. Hornish will be in the same strong equipment with which Marcos Ambrose scored two plate top-10s last year, including a 10th in the Coke Zero 400.
Feb 20 - 11:55 AM