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Mid-Race Accident Eliminates Hornish From Busch Series Season Finale

November 18, 2007




HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Nov. 17, 2007) -  Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the No. 12 Kodak Dodge Charger, started sixth in Saturday's caution-filled Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but he was relegated to a 38th-place finish after being collected by Todd Bodine in a lap 113 accident. 
 
"The car was actually really good," the three-time Homestead IndyCar winner said.  "Everything was going well early on. We had a car that performed over the long run, but with so many cautions, I wasn't able to capitalize on it much."
 
Before the accident that eliminated Hornish from the event, his Kodak Dodge sustained minor damage in an incident with Steve Wallace.
 
"When he spun I got into the back of the 33 car [Tony Raines], which pushed the hood down," Hornish explained.
 
During the four-lap caution, Hornish pitted twice for damage inspection
 
"Fortunately, it wasn't that bad and didn't affect the down force of the car too much," Hornish noted.
 
However, when Bodine spun on lap 113, Hornish had nowhere to go when Bodine came across the track.
 
"The 03 car [Bodine] spun right in front of us," Hornish recounted. "I thought he was going to stay up by the wall, so I went low and he came right across the front of me. I had nowhere to go."
 
"Obviously, it was not a very good day for the Kodak Dodge, but we had a chance to do some running tonight. Hopefully, tomorrow will be better."
 
Hornish will compete in Sunday"s Ford 400, his second career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series start.