The O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile speedway, Fort Worth, Texas)
April 12, 2012
The No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Ford Mustang
Start Position: 4
Finish Position: 34
Driver Standings: 1
THE RACE REVIEW
· Hornish started on the outside of the second row based on his lap of 29.519 seconds at 182.933 miles per hour during Friday afternoon’s qualifying session.
· Over the opening laps Hornish gained one position per lap and took over the top spot at lap five. He would lead until lap 22 when teammate Brad Keselowski took over the top spot.
· The Alliance Truck Parts Ford Mustang was strong throughout the first 140 laps of the event as they led four times for 29 laps.
· The team’s strategy to conserve tires worked well until a lap 141 incident with another competitor resulted in significant damage to the right-rear of the Ford Mustang.
· The damage necessitated several pit-stops for repairs and eventually required a trip to the garage to replace rear suspension pieces.
· The crew repaired the Ford Mustang and it rejoined the action down several laps and ultimately finished in the 34th position.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
WHAT HAPPENED WITH JEREMY? “I’m not really sure yet. We stayed out trying to give ourselves extra tires for the end and ended up trying to get through traffic. I knew that there was no room to fit between the 30 and the 51 and all of a sudden everything just closed up. I’m not sure exactly what happened. I’d have to look at the replay, but it’s frustrating for sure. At the end of the day, the guys worked hard to get the car back out there. We didn’t want to take a couple of weeks off there to cool off. We were pretty happy with how we were running. At least our teammate had a good night. The car was good, but we didn’t have the right strategy and kind of put us in the back. I mean, things happen.”
YOU STILL HAVE THE POINTS LEAD. “I guess we’re up by two and that’s better than being behind by 28. We’ll just keep our heads down. We have an off weekend for the Nationwide Series next week, but we’re gonna go run the Cup race at Kansas and at least attempt to qualify for it. The good thing about that is there’s not any cooling off. We’re gonna actually be out there working together and doing stuff like that, so I’m looking forward to it. Then it’s on to Richmond, which is one of my favorite tracks. It’s a frustrating night and we wish that we would have done a lot better, but we had a good car and things didn’t work out our way. As long as we keep putting together cars like this, we’re gonna have more wins and we’re gonna have more top-three finishes. That’s all we can do is keep our heads up and move forward.”