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TBT: Sam Hornish Leads 114 Laps in Route to Vegas Victory

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In this week’s edition of our Throwback Thursday feature we take a look back at Sam Hornish Jr’s victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to claim his second win in the then Nationwide Series.

The date was March 9, 2013 and the NASCAR Nationwide Series (Now the Xfinity Series) was in Las Vegas, Nevada for the Sam’s Town 300.

Hornish Jr., piloting the No. 12 Ford Mustang for Team Penske full-time and coming off a second-place finish in the season opener DRIVE4COPD 300 from Daytona International Speedway had momentum on his side.

With qualifying and much of practice rained out, it was an interesting start to the race as drivers struggled until more rubber was laid down on the track.

Hornish and his No. 12 Wurth Mustang rolled off from the 7th starting position. NASCAR threw a competition caution on lap 37 so teams could look at their tires and make any necessary changes to their race cars.

Fellow competitor Trevor Bayne would lead on numerous occasions and seem to have the car to beat but when Bayne pitted under a lap 56 caution, Hornish would take the lead and hold on too it until lap 82 when another caution appeared.

On the restart, an accident involving Bayne and Kyle Larson occurred as the two were going into Turn 4, causing NASCAR to throw the caution flag yet again.

Hornish would restart in the 4th position and quickly take the lead. A caution took place on lap 184, and then six laps later but Hornish was able to hold off a charging Kyle Busch and captured the win after leading 114 of the 200 scheduled laps.

“It feels great to win here. I didn’t even realize it was the Sam’s Town 300 until this morning at the drivers meeting. I said, that is a pretty good one for me to win. I already have my name on the trophy, said Hornish.”

The victory was Hornish’s first since his first win in the series at Phoenix on November 2, 2011. The win also marked the first for Penske Racing at Las Vegas in any NASCAR series.

2013 was by far Hornish’s best season to date when he amassed 16 top-five and 25 top-ten finishes

Hornish who is semi-retired last race in the now NASCAR Xfinity Series in the 2017 season-finale Ford EcoBoost 300 from Homestead-Miami Speedway.

He would find victory lane during the 2017 season in his home-state at Mid-Ohio, winning the pole and leading 61 of 75 laps.

Hornish would return to Team Penske at Kentucky in the fall and go on to finish second in the playoff races at both Charlotte and Homestead.

To date Hornish has 5 wins in the NXS series, 64 top-ten’s and 9 poles with a career best finish of second in the points standings coming in 2013.

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About Sarah Handy

Sarah is going into her third year covering NASCAR for Rubbings Racing as well as helping run their Social Media platforms. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Sarah is an avid racing fan as well as a fan of the major New England sports teams. She is currently studying Public Relations and Marketing at SNHU with plans to move to North Carolina after graduation. Sarah also enjoys visiting her home track of NHMS each year, reading, running and photography.

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