Penske Racing DuPont Pioneer 250 Preview
June 4, 2013
Track: Iowa Speedway
Date: June 8, 2013
TV: ESPN 8:00pm ET
Radio: MRN and SiriusXM
Driver: Sam Hornish Jr.
No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Ford Mustang
• PROGRESS IS PROGRESS: Last weekend at Dover, Hornish recorded his eighth top-10 result of the season and, in doing so, closed the gap to NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) point leader Regan Smith by two points. Hornish is second in the standings just 27 markers out of first.
• FAMILIAR WITH THE POINT: In his three appearances at Iowa Speedway, Hornish has led a total of 69 laps and his best finish, a third-place, came last year during the August race.
• DOUBLED LAPS LED: Hornish has 512 laps led in his Nationwide Series career and over half of those laps led (263) have come through just the first 11 races of the 2013 season.
• CONSISTENCY IN ADVERSITY: Despite having a couple of less than desirable finishes due to contact (34th at Texas and 25th at Talladega), Hornish has completed 97 percent of the laps this season and he has been running at the finish of every race.
• ENJOYING THE RIDE: As one of the more experienced and accomplished drivers in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Hornish is enjoying himself both on and off the track. As a driver, he feels as though he knows what he needs from the car and his success this season has put a smile on his face. He also enjoys the NNS schedule, as it allows him time with his family and the chance to branch out into other areas such as his role as an analyst on SPEED Center.
SAM HORNISH JR., NO. 12 ALLIANCE TRUCK PARTS FORD
CREW CHIEF GREG ERWIN
Driver: Joey Logano
No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang
• EXTREME DOUBLE DUTY: It's nothing new when Joey Logano, or his Sprint Cup Series teammate Brad Keselowski, pulls double duty between the Cup and Nationwide Series. But this weekend will be a little different. Logano will be pulling double duty between the Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono and the Nationwide Series race at Iowa. The plan calls for Logano to practice and qualify his Cup car in Pocono, then fly to Iowa to compete in final practice before heading back to Pocono. On Saturday, he will compete in both Sprint Cup Series practices before heading to Iowa for qualifying and the NNS race.
• BACK IN VICTORY LANE: Logano won his first Nationwide Series race of the season last weekend at Dover. The win marked several significant accomplishments for Logano. First, it was his 19th-career Nationwide Series win, good enough for 16th all-time. It also extended his streak of six-straight years with at least one NNS race victory. The win was his first for team owner Roger Penske, first for Ford and the 199th Nationwide Series win for Ford Racing. It was also Logano's third-straight win at the "Monster Mile," matching his accomplishment set at Kentucky Speedway, when he won at that track three-straight times.
• OWNER'S POINTS: The victory in Dover allowed Logano to bring the No. 22 Discount Tire team within eight points of second-place in the Nationwide Series owner's point standings.
JOEY LOGANO, NO. 22 DISCOUNT TIRE FORD
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