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Team: Richard Petty Motorsports-9
Age / DOB:  (36) / 7/2/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 165

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Cole Whitt ran into the back of Sam Hornish Jr. while leaving the garage in Friday morning practice session. He did some damage to his nose, but it will not require a backup. No apparent damage was done to Hornish’s car.
The traffic flow into and out of the garage at Kentucky Speedway funnels through a narrow opening for both entrance and exit. It certainly broke up his rhythm in a session broken up by rain. Jul 10 - 12:23 PM

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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.

Hornish is liable to go unnoticed this week, but anyone who had him on their roster at Sonoma Raceway will want to roll the dice and keep him activated; he could be this week’s top sleeper and earn back-to-back top-10s for the first time in his career.
Jul 3 - 1:32 PM

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.

Both of these strong runs came on wild card tracks, but they are worth noting. Next week the series rolls into Daytona for the Coke Zero 400. Hornish could be an interesting sleeper pick for that event.
Jun 28 - 8:32 PM

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.

Most of Hornish’s success in open wheel came on ovals, but he has been solid in XFINITY competition on road courses. Fantasy owners could do worse when looking for a sleeper on this twisty track.
Jun 26 - 6:11 PM

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.

Hornish was five laps into a run and apparently had a loose condition. Hornish has not been to Pocono since 2012, but he scored a top-20 in his final outing. His results this season have not been overly strong, so fantasy owners can expect a result in the mid- to high-20s.
Jun 5 - 12:21 PM

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.

Staying on the lead lap at Pocono is not all that difficult, but still a good metric for mid-cap and bargain drivers. It is impossible to score a strong finish without that accomplishment and during his career Hornish has garnered one top-five, two top-10s, and another pair of 11ths.
Jun 3 - 9:13 AM

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.

Hornish’s most recent Cup effort ended in a 25th; his best result came in the XFINITY series in 2013 with a seventh. His finishing result this week is uncertain, but there is one statistic that is reliable: Hornish will finish worse than he qualifies. In 12 starts in both series, he has never improved during a race.
May 29 - 12:02 PM

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

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