ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway
(.75 mile oval, Richmond, Va.)
Friday, April 26, 7:30 pm ET
HANGING TOUGH: Hornish has been on top of the standings through the first six races of the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) schedule; leading by as little as zero (tied with Allgaier) going into Las Vegas, and by as much as 28 points prior to Fontana. He now has a two point advantage over second-place competitor Regan Smith.
LOVE FOR VIRGINIA: While Hornish will often say he tries to avoid having a favorite track – Richmond is a track that he truly enjoys.
NOW IS THE TIME: The team is focused on continuing to improve its performance on the track and in the pits as they work towards securing another NNS title for Penske Racing.
READY FOR ANOTHER: As a two-time IndyCar winner at RIR (2002 & 2006) Hornish knows what it takes to capture victory at the grueling short-track and he is ready for the challenge.
NATIVE TALENT: Front tire carrier, Ben Fetzer is from nearby Fredericksburg, Va.
WHAT IS IT THAT MAKES RACING AT RICHMOND SO APPEALING?
“I’ve always enjoyed racing at Richmond, and we’ve had some good runs there. It is a tough track that’s challenging because it’s a fast short-track, which means you have to battle the track and the people you are racing. We have to work hard to find a balance of speed and handling which often means compromising one end of the track for the other, which makes a bit more work for the driver. This track creates exciting racing and makes for a great show. We expect our Alliance Truck Parts Ford to be strong and look forward to giving it our best.” – Sam Hornish Jr.
WHAT IS ON YOUR MIND HEADING TO RICHMOND?
“Sam has been talking about this race for over a month which has us all looking forward to it. NASCAR has given us extra track time and extra tires at Richmond this time around which ought to play in our favor. The racing, while demanding for the driver and pit-crew, is always great for fans and competitors alike. Our main focus Friday night is to execute and finish well, in order to garner more valuable points towards the championship.” – Crew chief Greg Erwin