AVONDALE, Ariz. (Nov. 10, 2007) - Upon Sam Hornish Jr.'s return to the site of his NASCAR Busch Series debut a year ago, the driver of the No. 12 Kodak Dodge Charger had hoped for a better finish than 39th in Saturday's Arizona Travel 200 at Phoenix International Raceway, but an incident on lap 23 eliminated him from the event.
"It's unfortunate that we had to end our day early," Hornish said. "Early in the race, we were trying to get some spots back. I got a run on the 30 [Stanton Barrett] heading into turn 3 and got squeezed down on the apron. I had to get way out of it. I was trying to keep the fender on the car and not spin somebody. I probably shouldn¿t have worried so much about it."
Hornish, who started 29th, began the event with a loose handling race car on the 1-mile track. During the first of 11 caution periods, Hornish, who was 31st, pitted so adjustments could be made on the Kodak Dodge in an effort to make it tighter.
After the lap 23 incident in which he was hit by Todd Souza's car while spinning, Hornish took his Dodge into the garage. The team assessed the damage and determined it was too extensive to continue.
"I probably should have been more patient, but we¿ll keep working our way at it," Hornish said.
"I want to thank all the guys that work on the Kodak Dodge. It was a long road for them to get out here and get running. We'll just try to keep learning as much as we can. Not a good day, but hopefully, tomorrow's better.
Hornish will attempt his second double-duty weekend next week at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the Cup and Busch season finales.