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Sam Hornish Jr.

Team: Richard Childress Racing-2-NXS
Age / DOB:  (37) / 7/2/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 165

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Sam Hornish Jr. (#2 Rheem Chevrolet Camaro) led the first practice session for the XFINITY Series U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway.
The lap of 132.214 mph lap was the best of the 30 cars completing laps in this session. #3 Ty Dillon, #19 Daniel Suarez, #1 Elliott Sadler and #6 Darrell Wallace Jr. are the rest of the top five on the speed chart. Mike Bliss in the #10 Toyota was the slowest. Jul 29 - 7:26 PM

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Sam Hornish Jr. (#18 Toyota Camry) won the American Ethanol E15 250, his fourth victory in 111 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races.

This is his second victory and sixth top-10 finish in eight races at Iowa Speedway. Hornish, who led 183 laps of the 250-lap race, was filling in for Matt Tifft who was suffering from back problems. Ty Dillon (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in five races at Iowa. It is his ninth top-10 finish in 2016. Sprint Cup driver Brad Keselowski (third) posted his sixth top-10 finish in six NXS races at Iowa. Brennan Poole (eighth) was the highest finishing rookie. Daniel Suarez leads the point standings by 21 points over Elliott Sadler.
Jun 19 - 9:47 PM

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.

His average of 129.419 mph was best of the 10 cars that ran at least 10 consecutive laps on the track for this session. #88 Alex Bowman, #33 Brandon Jones, #2 Ben Kennedy and #7 Justin Allgaier are the rest of the top five on this list.
Jun 17 - 6:16 PM

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.

Hornish Jr. is slated to drive the Rheem Chevrolet for RCR at the second Iowa Speedway race of the season on July 30 and Kentucky Speedway on September 24. Hornish brings a wealth of NXS experience to the driver's seat of the No. 2 Chevrolet. To date, Hornish has accumulated 110 starts in the NXS, earning three victories, seven pole awards, 32 top-five and 57 top-10 finishes with 1,124 laps led.-Richard Childress Racing
Jun 8 - 4:42 PM

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 and it is unknown where Manion will land.

The No. 9 teams struggled to stay as competitive as the No. 43 of Aric Almirola and substantial changes could make this team interesting to watch. Fantasy owners will want to avoid Brian Scott for a week or two in 2016, however, to see how things play out.
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 12:33:00 PM

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.

He started 28th in the lineup and completed 266 laps of the 267-lap event. Hornish, who competed in all of the season's 36 races, scored three top-10s and closed out the season 26th in the final 2015 Sprint Cup Series driver championship standings.
Wed, Nov 25, 2015 10:17:00 AM

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.

Petty indicated that Hornish will not return, in part because of a lack of sponsorship. If the team runs without a sponsor expect them to have a much younger, hungrier driver behind the wheel of the No. 9.
Sat, Nov 14, 2015 03:18:00 PM

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.

The Southeastern-based grocery store has a long history in NASCAR, serving as a primary and associate sponsor within the top NASCAR series. At The Tradition Returns weekend, Hornish will sport a retro black, gold and red Winn-Dixie paint scheme, like the car previously driven by former NASCAR driver Mark Martin. Martin visited Victory Lane 39 times and accumulated 77 Top-Five and 94 Top-10 finishes in 128 races with Winn-Dixie as a sponsor. At Darlington alone, Martin won eight times and picked up 14 Top-Five and 18 Top-10 finishes during the sponsorship.-Breaking Limits
Thu, Aug 27, 2015 10:59:00 AM

Sam Hornish Jr. finished ninth in the Cheez-it 355 at the Glen to earn his third top-10 of the season.

All three of Hornish’s best finishes came in specialty races. He finished sixth in the Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway and was 10th at Sonoma Raceway. He will not be on many rosters again until the fall ‘Dega duel.
Mon, Aug 10, 2015 12:09:00 AM

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.
Fri, Jul 10, 2015 12:23:00 PM

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.
Fri, Jul 3, 2015 01:32:00 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.
Sun, Jun 28, 2015 08:32:00 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.
Fri, Jun 26, 2015 06:11:00 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.
Fri, Jun 5, 2015 12:21:00 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.
Wed, Jun 3, 2015 09:13:00 AM