Sam Hornish Jr. is on the verge of proving he can succeed at the next level. After a dismal Sprint Cup Series debut, the IndyCar veteran has revitalized his career as part of Penske Racing’s excellent NASCAR Nationwide Series program. Tomorrow Hornish will have the opportunity to complete his NASCAR career journey. Tomorrow he can take a stranglehold on the tight Nationwide Series standings, and find victory on the large stage of Indianapolis that made him famous.
In Hornish’s way will be the other Nationwide Dash 4 Cash contestants Austin Dillon, Brian Vickers and Elliott Sadler. Remember, Dillon is fresh off a sentimental win on the dirt during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series MudSummer Classic at Eldora Speedway. That momentum is only coupled by the fact that Dillon has won the last two Dash 4 Cash races.
But, it all has to end sometime. And while Dillon finished fifth last year in the Brickyard’s inaugural Nationwide Series race, Hornish bested him by ending up second at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and so far in practice, Hornish is two spots ahead of the perennial favorite sitting 10th. Nobody is better at Indianapolis in this field than the 2006 Indianapolis 500 winner Sam Hornish Jr.
A win would mean so much for Hornish’s title hopes. It seems as though Hornish, Dillon and second place in the points Regan Smith have distanced themselves from Sadler and fifth place Justin Allgaier, who may himself be Sprint Cup bound soon. Not to mention, the cool $100,000 bonus, a symbol of even more confidence and momentum, would be awaiting Hornish in victory lane.
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