Phoenix II: Sam Hornish Jr preview

-- Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the No 06 Mobil 1 Dodge Avenger, will attempt to make his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series debut at a familiar Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday. -- Hornish made his NASCAR Busch Series debut a year ago at the 1-mile...

-- Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the No 06 Mobil 1 Dodge Avenger, will attempt to make his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series debut at a familiar Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday.

-- Hornish made his NASCAR Busch Series debut a year ago at the 1-mile oval.

-- Out of six IndyCar starts, Hornish has two wins and three top-five finishes at Phoenix.

-- If he qualifies for both NASCAR Busch and NEXTEL Cup Series events, this will be Hornish's first double-duty weekend.

-- Hornish has attempted to qualify for six Cup Series events this season - New Hampshire, Dover, Talladega, Charlotte, Martinsville and Atlanta.

-- Crew chief Roy McCauley and the Mobil 1 team are taking chassis PRS-511 to Phoenix as their primary car. It was last driven by Ryan Newman in August at Bristol where he started and finished seventh. Prior to Bristol, Newman also drove the car at Martinsville in April. The backup car is PRS-508. It was last driven by Kurt Busch at Loudon in July and Bristol in March.

Hornish's Take On Phoenix: "I'm looking forward to Phoenix and getting back into the COT car. I made my Busch Series debut here last year, so this is the first time I can say I'm going back to a track that I've competed at in a stock car. Having the opportunity to run at Texas last weekend was a great opportunity for me to get more seat time. Hopefully, we'll qualify for both Busch and Cup races and continue to gain more experience."

McCauley's Take On Phoenix: "Hopefully, our previous testing at Milwaukee and Loudon has given us the ability to perform and to get us in the show. I think Sam running the Busch car an hour before Cup practice will be a benefit that will provide more track time and give us a little bit of an advantage. If we get it in the show, we'll rename this week's car SHJ."

-credit: pr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch , Ryan Newman , Sam Hornish Jr. , Sam Hornis