Sam Hornish Starting 17th in Sunday's AAA Texas 500

November 2, 2012

FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 2, 2012) – Sam Hornish Jr. will begin Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 from the 17th starting position.  Hornish earned that spot by piloting the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge to a lap of 28.628 seconds (188.627 mph) in this afternoon’s qualifying session here at Texas Motor Speedway. 

“I was just a little bit free getting to the green flag for my qualifying run in Turns 3 and 4,” Hornish said of his run against the clock.  “I got to one a little but higher of a line than what I wanted to be.  With the car being a little bit free, I couldn't quite turn down like I needed to.  I just lost too much time in one and two.  Three and four were really good. The guys have me a really good Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger today.  I didn't quite get all of the lap today that I needed.  I was pretty happy with the way that the car was handling."

Sprint Cup points-leader Jimmie Johnson claimed the Coors Light Pole Award here this afternoon with a fast lap of 28.261 seconds (191.076 mph).  Greg Biffle was the second-fastest driver with his lap of 28.264 seconds (190.382 seconds).  Kyle Busch was third (with a lap of 28.402 seconds/190.127 mph), with Clint Bowyer fourth (28.411 seconds/190.067 mph) and Martin Truex Jr. fifth (28.422 seconds/189.994 mph).

Joey Logano qualified sixth, with Trevor Bayne seventh, Penske Racing’s Brad Keselowski eighth (lap of 28.491 seconds/189.534 mph in the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge), Carl Edwards ninth and Matt Kenseth 10th.  Positions 11-20 for Sunday’s race went to, in order, Mark Martin, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne, Aric Almirola, Marcos Ambrose, Jeff Gordon, Hornish, Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Casey Mears.

“I think these are the races where we can perform the best,” said crew chief Todd Gordon.  “When we actually get to practice during the same daylight hours that we will be racing in is a good thing.  We will utilize both practices here tomorrow to get our Shell-Pennzoil Dodge dialed in the best we can.

“We’re confident that we can have a very competitive day here on Sunday,” added Gordon.

Saturday’s action here at Texas Motor Speedway features two practice sessions for the Sprint Cup teams.  The first practice is scheduled from 2:00 p.m. till 2:50 p.m. and the final “happy hour” practice session is scheduled from 4:45 p.m. till 5:45 p.m. (on SPEED).  Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 (334 laps, 501 miles) has a scheduled 2:00 p.m. local starting time (3:00 p.m. ET) on the 1.5-mile Dallas/Fort Worth Area speed plant.  ESPN-TV and PRN Radio (also on Sirius-XM NASCAR Channel 90) will provide live coverage of all the action.