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Sam Hornish Jr. Heads Into Indianapolis On A Hot Streak

Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Indianapolis seems to have come at a right time for Sam Hornish Jr., making a trip back to a track that has seen him succeed.

After making his way back to the top of the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Indianapolis Motor Speedway will provide Hornish another opportunity to continue his climb to the top. Coming off a couple of weeks rebounding and capturing some great finishes, heading into Indy will give him the chance to not only race for a win, but for so much more.

Following a top two finish at Chicagoland Speedway, he heads back to Indy to continue finding success that he has found there before. With the Nationwide Series returning to IMS for its second ever race, Hornish looks to improve from his last result, a second place finish to Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski.

Heading into Indianapolis, Hornish goes in on a recent hot streak. Along with a second place finish at Chicagoland, he goes into the race as the current points leader. Not only will he be competing for the win at Indy, but he will be racing for an extra $100,000 as one of the four eligible drivers for the Dash 4 Cash prize money.

Going into Saturday’s race, Hornish will have the shot to make NASCAR history if he does capture the win at Indianapolis.

Prior to his move into NASCAR Hornish won the 2006 Indianapolis 500. He is only one of two current NASCAR drivers who have won the Indy 500, Juan Pablo Montoya being the other driver. If Hornish wins at Indy he could become the first driver to win in an open-wheel car and a stock car.

At the Brickyard, winning and having the opportunity to kiss the bricks doesn’t happen all that often in a season or within a driver’s career. Winning at the Brickyard is one of the accomplishments every driver wants to be able to do. Heading into Saturday, Hornish will look to have a second win at one of the world’s most famous tracks, and attempt to make history at the same time.

Christy Valdez is a NASCAR writer for Rant Sports. Follow her on Twitter at @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy