Talladega II: Sam Hornish Jr. preview

* Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the Penske Racing No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger, has a total of four Cup Series career starts at Talladega Superspeedway. In April, Hornish was on pace for a solid run in the No. 77 Dodge when he was collected in a ...

* Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the Penske Racing No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger, has a total of four Cup Series career starts at Talladega Superspeedway. In April, Hornish was on pace for a solid run in the No. 77 Dodge when he was collected in a multi-car accident during the first of three attempts at green/white/checkered flag finish at the 2.66-mile tri-oval. After repairs, Hornish remained on the lead lap and ultimately finished the race in 24th place.

Sam Hornish Jr.:

What are thoughts on racing at Talladega Superspeedway?

"Talladega has always been a wildcard race and it always will be. I really like restrictor-plate races and we've typically run pretty well at places like Talladega and Daytona. Superspeedways remind me of IndyCar Series racing because the outcome depends mostly on aerodynamics. It's like a chess game where you are trying to figure out what to do as the race progresses to position yourself correctly."

Which track do you feel is more difficult, Talladega Superspeedway or Daytona International Speedway?

"I would say racing at Talladega is more difficult than at Daytona because, at Daytona, if your car is handling well and you save your tires, you can really move up through the field at the end of a run. At Talladega, you have to have someone helping you to move forward. You're not going to pull out and make any passes on your own; the draft is that important."

Crew Chief Travis Geisler:

What are your thoughts on this weekend's race at Talladega Superspeedway?

"Talladega is one of the most unpredictable race tracks on the circuit. The three-wide racing is exciting for the fans but it is nerve-wracking for teams as you hope you can miss the 'big one.' We are confident heading into Sunday's race as Sam has shown a lot of skill working the draft. I am excited to get a good finish at a restrictor-plate race because we typically run well at superspeedways but we just haven't gotten the finishes we deserve."

-source: penske racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Travis Geisler , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske