No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts - History 300 Preview

May 22, 2012


No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Team News and Notes
• Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the Penske Racing No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Challenger, will make his 11th start of the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) season Saturday afternoon in the History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
• Hornish's return to Charlotte Motor Speedway represents his 10th start at the venue. He has three NNS and six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the venue.
• This will mark Hornish's third Nationwide Series start at Charlotte. In the fall race of 2011 he started seventh and finished in the 12th position.
• From 2006 to present, Hornish has made a total of 43 NNS starts. He has scored one victory, four top-five and 10 top-10 finishes.
• After ten races, Hornish and the Alliance Truck Parts Dodge team are fourth in the NNS Championship point standings.
• This weekend the No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Challenger will race chassis PRS - 221 which last saw action at the most recent Fontana race.
• Hornish will participate in Tuesday's 4th annual "King's Cup - Karting for a Cause" at Victory Lane Indoor Karting Center for Charlotte, NC. For a chance to visit Hornish, stop by the No. 22 Penske Racing Merchandise Trailer on Saturday morning from 10:00 - 10:30am.
• Nationwide Insurance offers a feature called Race Buddy which allows you to monitor the Alliance Truck Parts Dodge during the race. It can be accessed at www.nascarnationwideseries.com under the Featured tab.
• Penske Racing has 356 all-time race victories with 102 stock car wins and 417 pole positions overall including 129 NASCAR poles.
• Tune in to SpeedTV on Sunday, May 27 to see Hornish as he continues in his first season as an analyst on SPEED Center.
• Follow Hornish at @PenskeRacing, @SamHornish, www.penskeracing.com, www.samhornish.com and the Penske Racing and Sam Hornish, Jr. Facebook pages - www.facebook.com/penskeracing and www.facebook.com/pages/Sam-Hornish-Jr

Sam Hornish Jr. comments about this weekend's History 300
"Charlotte is one of my favorite racetracks for many reasons, but mostly because of all the fond memories I have from racing on the kart track in the infield of Turn 3. We had a great run at Iowa Speedway last weekend, but didn't get the results we deserved. I'm hoping we can turn things around this weekend and bring home a solid finish and keep our momentum strong in the points standings."

Crew Chief Chad Walter comments about this weekend's History 300
"Charlotte is one of the premier events in the Nationwide Series, as it is considered the ‘home' race for many of the teams. The Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Challenger had a strong run at Iowa last weekend but an issue with the right front tire kept us from staying in the top 5. Sam seems to really enjoy racing at the mile-and-a-half-tracks and has had a ton of success at them over the years. There's no doubt in my mind that he will be among the front runners this weekend, challenging for the win."