Sam Hornish Jr. (#18 Toyota Camry), filling in for injured Matt Tifft, had the best 10-lap consecutive average speed in the first practice for the XFINITY Series American Ethanol E15 250 at Iowa Speedway.
Richard Childress Racing added Ben Kennedy, Sam Hornish Jr., AJ Allmendinger and Michael McDowell to its 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) team roster to drive the No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro in races at Iowa Speedway, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Road America and Kentucky Speedway.
Kevin Manion will also part ways with the No. 9 team along with former driver Sam Hornish Jr. No replacement has yet been announced, according to Motorsport.com and it is unknown where Manion will land.
Sam Hornish Jr. (#9 Cheney Brothers Ford Fusion) finished 25th in the November 22nd NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Florida's Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Sam Hornish Jr. is not expected to be part of the Richard Petty Motorsports lineup next year, although Richard Petty Motorsports intends to run two cars according to Motor Racing Network.
Winn-Dixie will serve as the primary sponsor for Sam Hornish Jr. and the No. 9 Ford team at the Darlington (S.C.) Raceway 'The Tradition Returns' weekend in September.
Sam Hornish Jr. finished ninth in the Cheez-it 355 at the Glen to earn his third top-10 of the season.
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.
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.