BUSCH: Texas II: Sam Hornish Jr preview

NBS Notes: * Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the No. 12 Kodak Dodge Charger, will attempt to qualify for his ninth career NASCAR Busch Series race -- his seventh this season -- on Saturday at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway. * If he qualifies,...

NBS Notes:

* Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the No. 12 Kodak Dodge Charger, will attempt to qualify for his ninth career NASCAR Busch Series race -- his seventh this season -- on Saturday at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway.

* If he qualifies, this will be Hornish's first race in a Busch car at TMS. Hornish competed in the IROC Series event at Texas last year.

* With 13 IndyCar starts at Texas, Hornish is the defending IndyCar Series winner at the speedway. In addition to this year's victory, Hornish has two more wins, two poles and seven top-five finishes.

* Hornish's last Busch Series event was in August at Michigan.

* Although Hornish's 2008 plans have not been determined, the 28-year-old will attempt to qualify for the NEXTEL Cup and Busch series events at Phoenix and Homestead.

* Roy McCauley, crew chief of the No. 12 Kodak Dodge Charger, will take chassis PBC-013 to this weekend's O'Reilly Challenge. Ryan Newman last piloted this car at California. This is also the same car that Kurt Busch ran in the spring Texas event where he started 18th and finished eighth. Busch started and finished fourth in this car at his home track -- Las Vegas -- in March.

* The backup car for Texas, PBC-007, was last driven by Newman in May at Darlington, where he started 12th and finished 11th, and at Bristol, where he started on the outside of the front row and finished fourth.

Hornish on Texas Motor Speedway: "Other than the IROC race last year, I've never ran in a stock car at Texas. I'm definitely excited about Roger (Penske) giving me the opportunity to get more seat time. We've qualified for all the Busch races that we've attempted so far and hopefully, it'll continue this weekend."

McCauley on Texas Motor Speedway: "This will be a great opportunity for Sam to get more seat time and gain more experience on the intermediate tracks while exposing him to another Cup track. Our Busch team has done well at Texas. That's where Kurt won his first Busch race last year. We've got some great history there and I'm really looking forward to it."

-credit: pr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Ryan Newman , Sam Hornish Jr. , Sam Hornis