Back On Top: After 22 races Hornish and the No. 12 Snap-on Ford team are once again atop the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings. This marks the third time this season that they have held the top spot. Hornish currently leads second-place contender, Elliot Sadler by 13 points.
Most Consistent: Of all the regular Nationwide Series drivers, Hornish has the highest average finish (9.8) and he has accumulated four top-three finishes over the last five races.
Primed To Pounce: The No. 12 Penske Ford has made steady gains on its short-track program thus far this season and Hornish is well-positioned to make his way to the front this weekend. The Ohio native started third and finished fourth at the spring race at Bristol.
Snap-On Under The Lights: The No. 12 Penske Ford Mustang will race the Snap-on livery this Friday night at Bristol. This marks the second appearance this season for the long-time Penske partner.
Leading Rolls: Through 22 races, Hornish has the highest driver rating (110.2), the most fast laps (329), and he is the fastest driver on restarts among the series regulars.
Growing Family: During a recent interview, Hornish mentioned in passing that he and his wife, Crystal are expecting their third child sometime in February.
SAM HORNISH JR., NO. 12 SNAP-ON FORD
YOU’RE BACK ON TOP OF THE STANDINGS AND RACING UNDER THE LIGHTS AT BRISTOL. WHAT IS YOUR MINDSET?
“It is exciting to be back on top of the points battle, though we still have a lot of racing in front of us. This championship is shaping up to be one of the most-competitive ever as there are five guys with a legitimate shot at it. We know exactly what we need to do, and our team is hitting stride as we approach this last third of the season. As to Bristol, it is one of the places that I feel we have made huge gains. Racing there is always challenging, but fun too and I am looking forward to another strong finish in the Snap-on Ford.”
GREG ERWIN, NO. 12 SNAP-ON FORD CREW CHIEF
YOU HAVE HAD A CONSISTENT RUN OF TOP FINISHES, IS BRISTOL A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN WIN?
“This team has been executing remarkably well lately, and our driver has been fast and smart. Our Ford Mustang had speed at the spring race at Bristol, and we ran particularly well. Since then we’ve done some testing and continued to make small improvements across the board. Looking at the way our team has been executing and how well Sam has been driving; I will not be at all surprised to see this Snap-on Ford in victory lane Friday night.”