Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Preview-Ford EcoBoost 300

March 13, 2012

No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Team News and Notes

• Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Challenger, will make his fourth start of the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) season Saturday afternoon in the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS).

• Hornish's return to BMS marks his first time back to the track since 2010 when he competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS).

• This will mark Hornish's second Nationwide Series start at BMS. He has six NSCS starts at BMS.

• From 2006 to present, Hornish has made a total of 36 NNS starts. He has scored one victory, two top-five and eight top-10 finishes during that time and has also captured five top-five and 12 top-10 starting positions while competing in a limited NNS schedule.

• After three races Hornish and the Alliance Truck Parts team are sixth in the NNS Championship point standings.

• Chad Walter has tasted victory at BMS as he won this race as the crew chief of the No. 12 Penske Dodge in Spring of 2010.

• This weekend the No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Challenger will race with chassis 226. This is a new chassis to the No. 12 fleet.

• Alliance Truck Parts is featuring a Fantasy Racing League that offers fans the chance to win cash and prizes, register at

• Penske Racing has 350 all-time race victories with 100 stock car wins and 412 pole positions overall including 128 NASCAR poles.

• Tune in to SpeedTV on Sunday, March 18 to see Hornish as he continues in his first season as an analyst on SPEED Center.

• Follow Hornish at @PenskeRacing, @SamHornish,, and the Penske Racing Facebook page -

Sam Hornish Jr. comments about this weekend's Ford EcoBoost 300
"Bristol is a fun place to race. The high banks give you the ability to drive multiple lines which translates into having a lot of places to pass during the race. It's been almost two years since I last raced there so I'm really looking forward to this weekend. The Penske Racing Nationwide Series cars have a pretty good record there lately and I think our Alliance Truck Parts Dodge will be strong."

Crew Chief Chad Walter comments about this weekend's Ford EcoBoost 300
"Bristol is a racer's race track, one that you can't ever seem to get enough of. The Alliance Truck Parts team is looking forward to our first showing at the "fastest half-mile". Bristol, known for its fast paced action, is sometimes about the driver's ability to hustle the car, and having the stability to do so. A lot of times it's about getting into a rhythm... either way, it takes a patient driver to do so, and I feel Sam is up to the task of doing these things and bringing home a solid finish."