PROGRESS IS PROGRESS: Last weekend at Dover, Hornish recorded his eighth top-10 result of the season and, in doing so, closed the gap to NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) point leader Regan Smith by two points. Hornish is second in the standings just 27 markers out of first.
FAMILIAR WITH THE POINT: In his three appearances at Iowa Speedway, Hornish has led a total of 69 laps and his best finish, a third-place, came last year during the August race.
ONE OF TWO TO WIN: Upon the completion of 11 races, which works out to be one third of the 2013 NNS season, Hornish is one of only two NNS regular drivers that have earned a victory. He is also one of only two drivers to hold the top spot in the series standings.
DOUBLED LAPS LED: Hornish has 512 laps led in his Nationwide Series career and over half of those laps led (263) have come through just the first 11 races of the 2013 season.
CONSISTENCY IN ADVERSITY: Despite having a couple of less than desirable finishes due to contact (34th at Texas and 25th at Talladega), Hornish has completed 97 percent of the laps this season and he has been running at the finish of every race.
ENJOYING THE RIDE: As one of the more experienced and accomplished drivers in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Hornish is enjoying himself both on and off the track. As a driver, he feels as though he knows what he needs from the car and his success this season has put a smile on his face. He also enjoys the NNS schedule, as it allows him time with his family and the chance to branch out into other areas such as his role as an analyst on SPEED Center.
SAM HORNISH JR., NO. 12 ALLIANCE TRUCK PARTS FORD
YOU’VE HAD MIXED RESULTS AT IOWA – WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGES?
“We’ve actually run a lot better at Iowa than our results show. We qualify pretty well at this track and our race cars have been fast. We just haven’t been able to put it all together yet. The Alliance Truck Parts Ford Mustangs have had speed in them this year. I like Iowa because it is a short track that drives like a speedway. It all comes down to executing during the race, so that is what we are going to do.”
CREW CHIEF GREG ERWIN
THIS IS YOUR FIRST TIME RACING AT IOWA SPEEDWAY – HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR THIS WEEKEND?
“We have been looking at the data from the two races we had there last year to see how we want to set-up our Alliance Truck Parts Ford. On one hand, with it being a new track, there are some unknowns, and on the other hand we have a clean slate which offers us a lot of potential. The goal is to ensure that our Penske Mustang is at its best Saturday night when the sun goes down.”