San Hornish Jr. and Joey Logano helped team to remain second in the Nationwide Series Owner’s Point Standings.
Sam Hornish Jr. began the event from the sixth position based on his qualifying effort on Saturday morning. He lapped the “Magic Mile” in 29.251 seconds or 130.211 miles per hour.
Experiencing a loose Alliance Truck Parts Ford, crew chief Greg Erwin called for a track bar adjustment during the first pit stop. This made the Mustang tighter and allowed Hornish to drive off into the corners.
Completing Lap 100 of the scheduled 200 laps, Hornish found himself in the top five climbing his way to the front of the field. With the threat of multiple green-white-checkered flag finishes, Hornish was reminded to save fuel to ensure he would make it to the end of the race.
Running lap times faster than the leaders, Hornish was able to maintain a spot in the top ten for the closing laps of the race. As the yellow flag flew with two laps remaining under the scheduled distance, Hornish gave up the seventh position as Erwin called him down pit road for fuel and four tires as he would not make it on fuel. Hornish restarted in the 20th position.
After two attempts at a green-white checkered finish, the CNBC Prime’s The Profit 200 experienced a brief red flag. Hornish made his final restart of the race in the 13th position and was able to bring home the Alliance Truck Parts Mustang in the seventh position.
The result allowed Hornish to maintain the second sport in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) standings, five points behind leader Regan Smith.
San Hornish “There was a point where we were tenth and were able to make our way up to third. We had a long run car and got a bunch of short runs there at the end of the race. During those last restarts it looked more like short track racing. People are just leaning on you, I saw a couple four-wide moves going into the corners.
This is a wide race track, but not quite wide enough for four-wide. At the end we thought we were going to be close on fuel but it’s so hard to know when you get that many yellows. Overall, it was a good points day for the Alliance Truck Parts Mustang and we look forward to heading to Chicago next week.”
Joye Logano, that appeared to be a struggle most of the day
Joey Logano qualified the No. 22 Hertz Ford Mustang in the seventh position for Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire.
As the race began to unfold, it was obvious that the No. 22 was going to be a handful all day long.
Logano radioed in that the car was extremely loose at the start of a run, but as the laps clicked off, the car began to lose all front grip and couldn’t turn through the corners.
Just past lap 40, Logano found himself fourth. Unfortunately, it was the highest that Logano would run all afternoon long.
Crew chief Jeremy Bullins made a number of changes all day long, including track bar, air, adding a rubber to the right rear spring and adding tape. None of the changes were able to get the No. 22 Hertz Mustang racing better.
Logano found himself on a different pit strategy late and wasn’t worried about fuel heading to the end. Then, on the second green-white-checkered finish, Logano found himself in the middle of an accident when he was hit from behind by the No. 31 and driven into the No. 33. Fortunately, the accident resulted in just minor body damage.
As the race came to a conclusion, Logano was able to hold onto 11th despite restarting 16th.
With the finish, Logano and the No. 22 Penske Racing team remained second in the Nationwide Series Owner’s Point Standings.
Joye Logano: “We just missed the setup on the Hertz Mustang today. That’s really frustrating. We just didn’t have it today. We thought we had a good piece after qualifying, but it just didn’t work out. Our car was really loose early in the runs, but then just lost the nose as the run went on.
It didn’t seem like whatever we tried helped it. We made it better, but never good enough to get it competitive with the guys up front. We don’t like to come out and race like that. We will do our homework and make sure things are better next week at Chicago.”