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Penske Racing History 300 Preview

May 21, 2013




THE RACE

History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (1.5-mile speedway, Concord, North Carolina)
Saturday, May 25, 2:30pm ET

THE CARS

The No. 12 Snap-on Ford Mustang
The No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang

THE NEWS AND NOTES

The No. 12 Snap-on Ford Mustang

· CLOSE TO HOME: While this race allows drivers and crews alike to stay home, it is an unusually busy race week for Hornish. He will be participating in the King’s Cup for the Paralyzed Veterans of America on Tuesday and appearing at a Snap-on function on Friday at the Penske Racing facility, along with his usual weekend appearances and driving duties.

· POSITIONED TO IMPROVE: While Hornish occupies second place in the Nationwide Series, he and the team feel that as they head into the middle stretch of the season they are in an excellent position to make up ground in the series standings.

· SNAPPY PAINT SCHEME: This weekend the No. 12 features Snap-on as the primary sponsor. The car has been very popular with the fans on Sam’s Facebook page and many of them have decided it is their new favorite look for the Mustang driven by Hornish.

· GOODYEAR TO GIVE BACK: Goodyear tire is running a special commemorative tire for this weekend’s race to support the Goodyear Gives Back program which gathers items to send to our troops abroad.

· INDIGENOUS TALENT: Front-tire changer, Dennis Terry is from nearby Shelby, NC. He is the only crew member on the No. 12 Penske Ford crew from North Carolina.


THE NEWS AND NOTES
 
 The No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang   

· 22 TEAM AND LOGANO DEFENDING WINNER: Based upon the last two NASCAR Nationwide Series races at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the No. 22 Discount Tire team has a pretty good shot at taking the checkered flag in this weekend’s History 300.  Logano’s Penske Racing teammate, Brad Keselowski, is the defending winner of the History 300. Logano, who will drive the No. 22 this weekend, won the last Nationwide Series event at Charlotte Motor Speedway, coming in October.

· MOVING ON UP: Since taking over the wheel of the No. 22 Discount Tire car at Talladega Superspeedway, Logano has moved the team up three spots in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Owner’s point standings.  Following the Richmond event, the team was sixth in the Owner’s Standings.  On the strength of Logano’s second-place finish in Talladega and fourth-place finish in Darlington, the team now sits third in Owner’s points.

· CHARLOTTE A FAVORITE?: One of the questions Logano is asked the most at various Q&A sessions always is “what’s your favorite track.”  And while his standard answer is “the next one” Logano really loves Charlotte.  In nine-career NNS races at Charlotte, Logano has one win, four top-fives and five top-10s. He also has a pole award, which came in the History 300 last year.