Richmond Race Preview

September 4, 2013 / by / Category : News

Steady As She Goes: Hornish and the No. 12 Penske Ford Mustang team are once again holding down the top spot in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings. He has been on point for nearly half of the season, occupying the number one position for 11 of the 24 races run to date.

Top Finish Familiarity: Over the last seven races, Hornish has five top-three finishes and he has been the top finishing Nationwide Series regular in those events.

Devotion And Promotion: This week Hornish spent a day in Cincinnati promoting the upcoming Kentucky 300. The stop included live local television, local radio, a media go-karting event and a visit to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

Company Man Sam: This weekend Hornish and the No. 12 team will carry the bright yellow and blue Penske Truck Rental banner as they look to further increase their lead in the title chase.

Facts And Stats: This season is building toward a NASCAR career best year for the three-time IndyCar champion as he has made steady gains in speed and consistency. Though 24 races, he has accumulated 11 top-five finishes and 18 top-10 finishes.

SAM HORNISH JR., NO. 12 PENSKE TRUCK RENTAL FORD
LEADING THE POINTS HEADING TO RICHMOND, WHAT IS YOUR TAKE?

“We are in a decent place right now. This Penske Truck Rental team has had its ups and downs, yet we have come back better than ever. That says a lot about who we are as an organization and the commitment we have to finishing what we’ve started out to do. As for Richmond, what a fun place to race. It is one of those tracks that is easy to like as it challenges drivers, pit crews and crew chiefs. I’ve been looking forward to getting in the car since I got out of it after Atlanta last week.”

GREG ERWIN, NO. 12 PENSKE TRUCK RENTAL FORD CREW CHIEF
HOW DO YOU FEEL GOING INTO THIS RACE?

“I feel great right now. It is always nice to go back to a track you enjoy for the second time in a season. In the last race, we had a fast Ford Mustang but had difficulty in the pits. Since then we’ve improved our short-track program, and our pit crew has been rock steady. Looking at the spring race here and knowing where we are as team, I could not be any more optimistic.”

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