No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge - Sam's Town 300

March 7, 2012

No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Team News and Notes

• Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Challenger, will make his third start of the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) season Saturday afternoon in the Sam's Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS)

• Hornish's return to LVMS marks his first time back to the track since 2010 when he competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS)

• This will mark Hornish's first Nationwide Series start at LVMS. He has made three previous NSCS starts at LVMS with his best result coming in 2009 when he finished 16th. Hornish has also made one IZOD IndyCar Series start at LVMS when he finished third

• From 2006 to present, Hornish has made a total of 35 NNS starts. He has scored one victory, two top-five and seven top-10 finishes during that time and has also captured five top-five and 12 top-10 starting positions while competing in a limited NNS schedule over the last five plus seasons

• This weekend will mark the 16th race together for Hornish and crew chief, Chad Walter, who called the shots for the No. 12 Penske Racing Nationwide Series team in the past and helped guide the No. 12 team to top-six championship finishes in 2009 & 2010

• This weekend the No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Challenger will race with chassis PRS-220, which last saw action in the fall of 2011 at Texas Motor Speedway

• Penske Racing has 350 all-time race victories with 100 stock car wins and 412 pole positions overall including 128 NASCAR poles

• Hornish will be featured on SpeedTV's Trackside Live on Friday, March 9 at 8:00 p.m. ET (5:00 p.m. local time)

• Tune in to SpeedTV on Sunday, March 11 to see Hornish as he continues in his first season as an analyst on SPEED Center

• Follow Hornish at @PenskeRacing, @SamHornish,, and the Penske Racing Facebook page -

Sam Hornish Jr. comments about this weekend's Sam's Town 300
"We are feeling good heading into Las Vegas; it is a pretty cool place to race. After having a good race at Phoenix we just need to build on that and work on doing better. It's been a while since I've raced at Las Vegas, but I've done some testing there recently and I am looking forward to an exciting race. As long as we make good decisions during the race and execute in the pits we should be able to have another strong finish in our Alliance Truck Parts Dodge."

Crew Chief Chad Walter comments about this weekend's Sam's Town 300
"Las Vegas is a fun place to race as there is plenty of action on and off the track. This is a high-speed track that has a few surface undulations that will put an emphasis on the handling of the Alliance Truck Parts Dodge. We are approaching this race with an eye on improving on our performance at Phoenix and doing our best to get another strong finish."