Hornish win marks fourth different
winner in last four Iowa races
Sam Hornish Jr. poses for pictures after his win in the American Ethanol E15 250 in victory lane at Iowa Speedway Sunday.
Photo by Jeremy Thompson/The Racing Experts
By Brian DeGruchy
June 20, 2016
Sam Hornish Jr.’s victory in Sunday’s American Ethanol E15 250 marked the fourth consecutive XFINITY Series race at Iowa Speedway a different driver pulled into victory lane.
Hornish joins Brad Keselowski (3) and Ricky Stenhouse (3) with multiple victories at the track in the series. A replacement for the sidelined Matt Tifft, Hornish led four times for 183 laps, including the final 111 circuits. The victory was the fourth of his XFINITY Series career and second at Iowa.
“It doesn’t get much better than that,” Hornish said post-race.
“Got my wife and kids here and it’s the first time the kids have got to be here for one of dads wins so—I can’t tell you what this means to me.
“You work so hard to try to get a win when I have my kids here and the fact of how all of this went on and I’ve just got to thank God. He makes things happen.
“I was so nervous on Friday getting into the car thinking I’m going to make a mistake and man, to go out there and win the way we did I just can’t say anything more about it.”
Hornish placed second and third in the first practice and final practice respectively Friday, qualifying third on Saturday.
The 36-year-old driver talked in the media center post-race about what it meant to him to win on Father’s Day with his family in attendance.
“Getting the opportunity to race was a good Father’s Day present,” he said. “I didn’t even ask my wife. I just said ‘Yes,’ and then I called her and said, ‘Honey, I might have screwed up here.” I said, ‘What do you think?’
“She was more excited about it than I was, so I know I’ve got good backers behind me so thank you and just unbelievable day.”
Hornish will pilot the No. 2 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing in two XFINITY Series races this season; July 30 at Iowa Speedway and September 24 at Kentucky Speedway.
Sam Hornish Jr., Ryan Blaney (8/2015), Chris Buescher (5/2015) and Brad Keselowski (8/2014) are the last four winners at Iowa Speedway in the XFINTIY Series.