Hornish Jr. to Start 7th in Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway

March 14, 2008

BRISTOL, Tenn. (March 14, 2008) - Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the Penske Racing No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger, will start the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway in the 7th position on Sunday. Qualifying on Friday afternoon was canceled due to rain and the field was set by 2007 owner points.

In a rain-shortened practice earlier on Friday, Hornish Jr. posted a fast lap time of 16.114 seconds at a speed of 119.077 miles per hour placing him in the 22nd position overall.

"This is the first time I have ever been on track at Bristol," said Hornish Jr. "We had a bit of a rough start in today┬┐s practice as I was getting accustomed to the track. Once I was able to get some laps under my belt, I became a bit more familiar with the different lines and braking points. My teammates have been helpful to me this weekend and I hope we are able to get back on track tomorrow although rain is in the forecast."
The Food City 500 will air live on FOX on Sunday, March 16, 2008 beginning at 1:30 p.m. EDT. The race will also be broadcast live on PRN beginning at 2:00 p.m. EDT.