Martinsville II: Sam Hornish Jr. preview

Sam Hornish Jr.: Martinsville Speedway is one of the toughest tracks on the NASCAR circuit. What have you learned about racing there? "At Martinsville, you just have to stay out of trouble, try to keep your nose clean and keep the brakes on...

Sam Hornish Jr.:

Martinsville Speedway is one of the toughest tracks on the NASCAR circuit. What have you learned about racing there?

"At Martinsville, you just have to stay out of trouble, try to keep your nose clean and keep the brakes on the car as much as you can. It's definitely a tough track, but I feel like I am learning more and more of what I need to do each time we go there.

"I've been to all the tracks enough now that there have been good points that we've had during a race. I try to tell myself that if I run well like I have before, and don't do some of the things that didn't work out, we're going to run inside the top 10, if not better."

What do you feel is a key factor to success at Martinsville Speedway?

"It's really about not overdriving at Martinsville. Especially during qualifying, the track seems to bait you to drive in that extra 10 feet. When you do that, it may not feel bad, but it shows up on the stopwatch. That 10 feet can be the difference between starting 10th and starting 20th so you have to be aware of what you're doing at all times."

Crew Chief Travis Geisler:

What are your thoughts on this weekend's race at Martinsville Speedway?

"Martinsville is one of the most demanding races on the schedule from all aspects. The car is asked to do a lot of things in a short amount of time on the flat half-mile track. That puts a lot of stress on the brakes, the drivetrain and the driver. We had a top-15 finish at Martinsville in the spring and we look forward to another strong result there this weekend with the Mobil 1 Dodge."

-source: penske racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Travis Geisler , Sam Hornish Jr.