No. 12 Genuine Parts Dodge Team News and Notes
• Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the Penske Racing No. 12 Detroit Genuine Parts Dodge Challenger, will make his 23rd start of the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) season Friday night in the Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS)
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• Hornish and the Detroit Genuine Parts Dodge are on a streak of four consecutive top-three finishes
• Hornish's return to Bristol represents his ninth start at the venue. He has two NNS and six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the "World's Fastest Half-Mile" with his best finish a 13th in the NNS event earlier this season
• Hornish has 55 NNS starts. He has scored one victory, one pole, 10 top-five and 21 top-10 finishes
• It will be another very busy weekend for Hornish as he will be competing in both the NNS and NSCS events
• After 22 races Hornish and the Detroit Genuine Parts Dodge team are second in the NNS Championship point standings.
• This weekend the No. 12 Detroit Genuine Parts Dodge Challenger will race chassis PRS -229 which Hornish drove to a sixth-place finish at Kentucky in the June race earlier this year
• Consistency has been a key for Hornish this season as he has completed 3731 of 3733 laps thus far (99.9%)
• Fun fact - Sam's favorite charity is The Shriners Hospital for Children
• Penske Racing has 361 all-time race victories with 100 NASCAR wins and 421 pole positions overall including 127 NASCAR poles
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Sam Hornish Jr. comments about this weekend's Food City 250
"This trip to Bristol will be interesting after they made changes to the track since the last time we were there. During the previous race there we learned some things that should be useful this weekend even with the different surface. The Detroit Genuine Parts Dodge team has been outstanding in every way lately and we feel we have been consistently positioning ourselves for top finishes. Bristol is always a great place to race and I am looking forward to another solid weekend."
Crew Chief Chad Walter comments about this weekend's Food City 250
"We were a little better than where we finished in the spring Bristol race. The track has taken some steps to change the racing surface, in hopes of making more racing action, so it should be interesting. Everyone brings their A-game to Bristol, as it is one of the most fun places we race at. Sam and the Detroit Genuine Parts team look to master the challenges of Bristol this Friday night."