Charlotte II: Sam Hornish Jr preview

* Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the No 06 Kenwood Dodge Charger, will attempt to make his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series debut at the 1.5-mile Lowe's Motor Speedway on Saturday. * This is Hornish's first attempt to qualify for a Cup event in a race not...

* Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the No 06 Kenwood Dodge Charger, will attempt to make his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series debut at the 1.5-mile Lowe's Motor Speedway on Saturday.

* This is Hornish's first attempt to qualify for a Cup event in a race not using the Dodge Avenger.

* Hornish has attempted to qualify for three Cup Series events so far this season - New Hampshire, Dover and Talladega.

* Although Hornish's 2008 plans have not been determined, the 28-year-old will attempt to qualify for no more than seven events, including each of the two remaining COT races with Roy McCauley leading the charge.

* McCauley, crew chief of the No. 06 Kenwood Dodge Charger, will take chassis PRS-051 to this weekend's Bank of America 500. An oldie but goodie, this car was originally driven by Rusty Wallace dating back to 2002. It's most recent race was at the 2006 ARCA event at Michigan where Billy Wease started 10th and finished second.

* The backup car for Charlotte, PRS-073, was last driven by Kurt Busch in the spring Lowe's race where it started third and finished 19th.

Hornish on Lowe's Motor Speedway: "This will be the first race I'm attempting to qualify for in a car that will be obsolete after this season. I have more experience driving this style of car and on similar tracks running in the Busch Series. So I'm a little more comfortable approaching this weekend than I was at New Hampshire and Dover. It's not my first time at Lowe's though. I ran there in a Formula Ford in the late 90s."

McCauley on Lowe's Motor Speedway: "With these hard compound tires, it's going to be difficult to qualify for this race, but it's a challenge we're looking forward to."

-credit: pr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Kurt Busch , Billy Wease , Sam Hornish Jr. , Sam Hornis