-- Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the No 06 Mobil 1 Dodge Avenger, will attempt to make his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series debut at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday. -- This is Hornish's first time at the paperclip-shaped, half-mile oval. -- Hornish has...
-- Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the No 06 Mobil 1 Dodge Avenger, will attempt to make his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series debut at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday.
-- This is Hornish's first time at the paperclip-shaped, half-mile oval.
-- Hornish has attempted to qualify for four Cup Series events this season - New Hampshire, Dover, Talladega and Charlotte.
-- Although Hornish's 2008 plans have not been determined, the former Indianapolis 500 champion will attempt to qualify for four of the five remaining 2007 events in the No. 06 Mobil 1 Dodge with Roy McCauley leading the charge.
-- Hornish's primary car this weekend is PRS-512. This car was last driven by Kurt Busch in the spring Phoenix event where he started sixth and finished 18th. The backup car is PRS-073, which Busch drove at Bristol in March, the first Car of Tomorrow event. He started 42nd and finished 29th in that race.
Hornish's Take On Martinsville: "I had the opportunity to test at Greenville [S.C.] this week, the closest thing to Martinsville. I liked it a lot and I think it went well. I haven't been on a short track since my Go-Kart days.
"Hopefully, we'll be able to qualify for the race, getting back into the COT car, where we've had the best chances so far.
"I'm really looking forward to it. But with Crystal not being there, the first time in seven years, if we make the race, it's going to be tough. If we don't make it in, I'll go home to take care of her."
McCauley's Take On Martinsville: "Martinsville is my favorite track. I've won races and poles there. It's one of those places where you have to drive it. It's the foundation of the sport and the history of the track demands respect. To win there puts you in a whole separate group of drivers, in my opinion.
"We've tested Sam at two short tracks so far, Memphis and Greenville. He did a great job at both and I think he's showing a lot of short-track potential. He's got talent and likes a challenge. It'll be a privilege to potentially race at a track where some of the NASCAR greats have solidified their careers."