5-Hour Energy 200 Benefitting Living Beyond Breast Cancer (1-mile oval, Dover, Del.)
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Majority Holder: Through 27 events in the 2013 season, Hornish has now led the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings for a total of 14 races. This is his second-longest reign in the top spot as this is his sixth-consecutive week in first place. The veteran driver opened the season with a seven-week stretch at the lead.
Seven of 10 Top-Four Finishes: Over the last 10 Nationwide Series races, Hornish has finished in the top-four seven times. During that same span, he has a 5.5 average start and a 7.1 average finish.
Third Time’s A Charm: This weekend, long-time Penske Racing partner, Snap-on will make its third appearance of the 2013 Nationwide Series season as the primary sponsor of the No. 12 Penske Ford.
Making Time For Our Troops: As he makes his way to the Monster Mile, Hornish will spend the afternoon visiting our troops at Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. on Wednesday. And then on Friday, Hornish will stop by Dover Air Force Base. He will sign autographs, and greet service members and their families from 7:00 – 8:00 pm ET.
Box Top Winner: Crew chief, Greg Erwin knows what it takes to finish first at the “Monster Mile.” He earned a Cup series victory there in September 2008 as the crew chief for fellow Ford Racing driver, Greg Biffle.
SAM HORNISH JR., NO. 12 SNAP-ON FORD
THE MONSTER MILE IS A NOTORIOUSLY TOUGH TRACK. WHAT IS THE KEY TO WINNING HERE?
“In a word, I’d say discipline. This place requires discipline. You have to be focused, patient and methodical. Dover is another one of the circuits that I truly enjoy, and we run much better there than our results suggest. Our Snap-on Ford has been fast, and our Penske Racing crew has been executing well. We have been running in the top-five a lot lately, and we are well positioned to finish up front this weekend. We have been focused on consistency, and it has shown in our results. The season is winding down, but we still have a lot of racing in front of us. We are going to make the most of this one.”
GREG ERWIN, CREW CHIEF NO.12 SNAP-ON FORD
WHAT MAKES DOVER A MONSTER?
“Dover is a one-off type track. It doesn’t have any peers in terms of similar tracks. It is smaller and different shaped than the intermediates. The surface makes it unique as well. So the information we collect from all the other tracks doesn’t apply here. Having said that, we feel as we are a little smarter than we were the last time we were here. The No. 12 Snap-on pit crew has made great strides and has been remarkably consistent. Sam and I have also improved our communications. All of these factors will serve us well as we look to make the best of this weekend.”