Hornish Captures the Fourth Starting Position at Darlington

May 8, 2009

DARLINGTON, S.C. (May 8, 2009) - Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the Penske Racing No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger, secured the fourth starting position for the Southern 500 presented by GoDaddy.com at Darlington Raceway on Saturday night. 

During qualifying, Hornish posted a fast lap time of 27.512 seconds at a speed of 178.744 miles per hour. The effort secured the Mobil 1 team the fourth spot on the starting grid and is the second top-five start for the No. 77 team in the past three races.

“That was a pretty good lap for the Mobil 1 Dodge,” said Hornish. “We were pretty devastated when it started to rain earlier because we knew the Mobil 1 Dodge would qualify much better than 30th place. I’ve said this a lot lately, but I couldn’t be prouder of the guys on this team. We went through some tough times last year but everyone has stuck it out and we are headed in the right direction.”

Coverage of the Southern 500 presented by GoDaddy.com will air live on the FOX television network on Saturday, May 9 beginning at 7 p.m. EDT and will be broadcast live on MRN at 6:30 p.m. EDT.

Driver:   Sam Hornish Jr.
Position:  4
Time:  27.512
Speed:    178.744

Pole:   Matt Kenseth  
Time:    27.394
Speed:    179.514

Penske Racing Teammates:
8. Kurt Busch
34. David Stremme