Hornish comments on New Hampshire, new sponsor

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Sam Hornish Jr. stands in the garage area at Daytona International Speedway in February.

By Dominic Aragon
July 16, 2015


Set to make his ninth career Sprint Cup Series start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this Sunday, Sam Hornish Jr. will be sporting new colors on his No. 9 Ford Fusion.

Hornish will be making his first start at NHMS in over two-and-a-half seasons. The driver commented on the racing conditions at the 1.058-mile oval.

“I’ve always enjoyed going to Loudon, I’ve had some good finishes there” he said. “It’s one of those tracks that you really have to stay on top of. With the rubber build up on the track, the conditions are always changing from the beginning of the weekend to the race and even from the start of the race to the end.

“You just have to be on your toes to make sure you’re putting together the best strategy and making the best adjustments to deal with the changing track conditions.”

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Sam Hornish Jr. turns laps during a practice session at Sonoma Raceway in June. 

Hornish has finished inside the top-ten twice at the track, with a best of eighth place in the June 2009 event.

The race will also mark the ninth race for crew chief Kevin “Bono” Manion atop the pit box for Hornish. Since taking over as crew chief, the team has climbed one position in the point standings overall, with a peak gain of four spots (24th) after a tenth place run at Sonoma Raceway.

The first year RPM driver sits 27th in points, 147 points back of a Chase-eligible position.

Image credit: Richard Petty Motorsports

A render of Sam Hornish Jr.'s Shaw's paint scheme.

The New Hampshire race weekend will also feature the ninth different primary sponsor for Hornish in 2015. Shaw’s Supermarkets, his primary sponsor for both NHMS races this season, will make their NASCAR Sprint Cup debut this weekend.

“I’m looking forward to having Shaw’s with us for both of the New Hampshire races,” Hornish said. “RPM continues to bring new sponsors to the team and it’s great that Shaw’s is making the most out of their partnership. They’re getting their customers involved and one lucky fan will get to have dinner with The King.”
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