The CNBC Prime The Profit 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (1.0 mile oval, Loudon, N.H.) Saturday, July 13
Start Position: 12
Finish Position: 7
Current Driver Points Position: 2
THE RACE REVIEW
· Sam Hornish Jr. began the event from the sixth position based on his qualifying effort on Saturday morning. He lapped the “Magic Mile” in 29.251 seconds or 130.211 miles per hour.
· During the beginning laps of the race, Hornish was able to pull away from the cars behind him and run lap times faster than those of the leaders. By Lap 35 he had found himself in the top ten.
· Experiencing a loose Alliance Truck Parts Ford, crew chief Greg Erwin called for a track bar adjustment during the first pit stop. This made the Mustang tighter and allowed Hornish to drive off into the corners.
· Completing Lap 100 of the scheduled 200 laps, Hornish found himself in the top five climbing his way to the front of the field. With the threat of multiple green-white-checkered flag finishes, Hornish was reminded to save fuel to ensure he would make it to the end of the race.
· Running lap times faster than the leaders, Hornish was able to maintain a spot in the top ten for the closing laps of the race. As the yellow flag flew with two laps remaining under the scheduled distance, Hornish gave up the seventh position as Erwin called him down pit road for fuel and four tires as he would not make it on fuel. Hornish restarted in the 20th position.
· After two attempts at a green-white checkered finish, the CNBC Prime’s The Profit 200 experienced a brief red flag. Hornish made his final restart of the race in the 13thposition and was able to bring home the Alliance Truck Parts Mustang in the seventh position.
· The result allowed Hornish to maintain the second sport in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) standings, five points behind leader Regan Smith.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
TELL US ABOUT YOUR RACE?
“There was a point where we were tenth and were able to make our way up to third. We had a long run car and got a bunch of short runs there at the end of the race. During those last restarts it looked more like short track racing. People are just leaning on you, I saw a couple four-wide moves going into the corners. This is a wide race track, but not quite wide enough for four-wide. At the end we thought we were going to be close on fuel but it’s so hard to know when you get that many yellows. Overall, it was a good points day for the Alliance Truck Parts Mustang and we look forward to heading to Chicago next week.”