Stenhouse, Hornish reflect on Pocono accidents

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Sam Hornish Jr. drives down pit road at Pocono Raceway.

By Dominic Aragon
August 3, 2015


LONG POND, Pa. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Sam Hornish Jr.’s races Sunday at Pocono Raceway were both affected by on-track incidents.

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. drives down pit road at Pocono Raceway. 

Stenhouse, who completed 27 laps, finished 41st after a multi-car accident. He described what happened from his vantage point.

“Everything was happening real fast,” he said. “I saw the 9 in turn three run up the track and I thought he just got loose and everything was fine but getting into turn one the car in front of me ducked out at the last minute and there was the 9 sitting and I got on the brakes really hard.

“I think it got on the splitter and couldn’t go left or right and just ran right into him. It is not a good day for us.”

Stenhouse did not drop in the driver standings, remaining 27th overall.

“It is a frustrating weekend and a frustrating year,” he said. “But we will continue to work to get our cars better and continue to plug away.”

Hornish, who was involved in two wrecks Sunday, spent time behind-the-wall to repair damage.

Hornish collected damage to his car from the lap 29 incident with Stenhouse and the lap 67 incident with Kurt Busch and Paul Menard.

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Sam Hornish Jr. turns laps during the Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway.

“Kurt [Busch] was trying to hold on to it and I saw that he got it straightened back out,” he said. “…It is one of those things where everything stops smoking long enough that you think he has it back under control again and then it is just wobbling around on him. Unfortunate for us for sure.”

Hornish finished 39th36 laps down.

While Hornish dropped in points to 26th overall, the driver talked about his enjoyment of racing at Pocono Raceway.

“I love coming to Pocono and I have had some good runs here and led laps and felt like we could win races but it just hasn’t been for us this year,” he said. “Hopefully that doesn’t carry on to Watkins Glen next weekend.”

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