No. 77 Team Does Not Qualify in Talladega

October 4, 2008

TALLADEGA, Ala. (October 4, 2008) – Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the Penske Racing No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger, did not qualify for the AMP Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday afternoon.

With the No. 77 team currently outside of the top-35 in the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series owner points standings, Hornish was required to qualify for Sunday’s race on time. He posted a fast lap time of 51.690 seconds at a speed of 185.258 miles per hour, but the effort was not strong enough to secure a starting position for the Mobil 1 team.

“This is certainly not the result we wanted today but we gave it all we had,” Hornish said. “The entire Penske Racing organization was behind us this weekend. We were able to pick up over our practice times, but it just wasn’t good enough today. I am very proud of this Mobil 1 team for the effort they put forth here at Talladega.”

Coverage of the AMP Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway will air live on the ABC television network on Sunday, October 5 beginning at 1 p.m. EDT and will be broadcast live on MRN at 1:15 p.m. EDT.
Pole:  Travis Kvapil   
Time:  51.109  
Speed:  187.364   
Penske Racing Teammates:
24. Ryan Newman
33. Kurt Busch