If Michigan proved anything, it was that the best car doesn’t always win. Ask Jimmie Johnson. But if you have a great car, you can sometimes still make a statement, regardless of what the results sheet says. This week, Sam Hornish Jr. did just that, though he wound up 12th when the smoke cleared. Hornish, who is contending for the Nationwide Series championship, made the decision to stay in Montreal until the conclusion of that race, forgoing all practice for the Sprint Cup race (Parker Kligerman practiced and qualified the No. 22.). Starting at the back on Sunday, Hornish made quick work of most of the field, despite his lack of practice, charging to the front and looking like his lightning-fast No. 22 would be a contender for the win.
Although Marcos Ambrose and Brad Keselowski were making the last lap at Watkins Glen one for the ages, another driver was quietly posting his team’s second top-five run of the year. Sam Hornish Jr. followed up his third-place finish in the Nationwide Series race on Saturday with a fifth-place run on Sunday. But the numbers don’t tell the whole tale. Because Hornish has an open wheel background, it’s often assumed that he has extensive road-course experience. But he doesn’t; Hornish’s three IZOD IndyCar Series titles came when the series ran almost exclusively on oval tracks. Hornish had just 11 road-course starts under his belt when he made the move to NASCAR.
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If there’s a way to describe Sam Hornish Jr.’s stint as a fill-in driver for the suspended AJ Allmendinger on Saturday at Daytona, it’s a good soldier.
Leading 19 of the 50 circuits run, Nelson Piquet Jr. scored his first career NASCAR victory and became the first Brazilian to win a Nationwide Series race.
DOVER, Del. – The scoresheet will show Saturday’s Nationwide race at Dover as a Joey Logano romp (June 2).
Brad Keselowski crossed his fingers, hoping track position and fuel mileage would keep him out front during a 46-lap run to finish Saturday’s History 300.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has won at Iowa in a number of different fashions. Add dominant to that list.
One thing that you would never see back in the day at Darlington was a two-tire pit stop.
After a season-high number of engine failures at Talladega, is it time for NASCAR to make some rules changes?
ONE: Brad Keselowski’s Race-Winning Move Biggest Change to Plate Racing
Just another silly, contrived and violent plate race … racing that appeals to the least common denominators amongst us.