SAM HORNISH JR.
No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger
Dover International Speedway
September 26, 2010
Mobil 1 Team News and Notes
• Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the Penske Racing No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger, will make his 100th career NASCAR Cup Series start this weekend at Dover International Speedway. Since making the transition to stock cars from the IndyCar Series, Hornish has earned two top-five and eight top-10 finishes and has led a total of 50 laps. Hornish also has one victory in the non-points awarding NASCAR Showdown qualifying event for the All-Star Race (May, 2009).
• In a total of five Cup Series starts at Dover International Speedway, Hornish has one top-15 and two top-20 finishes with a track-best finish of 13th. He has also secured two top-10 and four top-20 Cup Series starts at the one-mile oval known as the ‘Monster Mile.’
• Each week Mobil 1 crew chief Travis Geisler offers fans a glimpse into car setup for each racetrack on the NASCAR Cup Series circuit at washingtonpost.com. Geisler reports that at Dover, track position is important and less-is-more when it comes to pit stops at the concrete short track. Learn more at http://bit.ly/bCVQ0L.
• Hornish will be on hand to sign autographs at the Penske Racing souvenir trailer at Dover on Sunday from 9:20 – 9:50 a.m. EDT.
Sam Hornish Jr. Quote
What are your thoughts on the race at Dover International Speedway this weekend?
“Goodyear changed the tires around a little bit for this weekend, so hopefully we will get a better idea of where we need to be on Friday. I really like Dover; it's a fun track. It feels like one of the fastest tracks on the circuit and it’s definitely one of the most physical places we run at as well.
“Usually when someone wrecks at Dover, they get loose coming off the corner and slide up towards the wall. When the car slows down, they come back down the track. Everyone tries to guess where the car will go and inevitably more cars get involved in the accident. It can be like a domino effect. It's a lot like a speedway race because there aren't too many places to hide when trouble happens in front of you.”
Crew Chief Travis Geisler Quote
What are your thoughts on this weekend’s race at Dover International Speedway?
“Dover is one of the most demanding tracks on the circuit; it is one of my favorites. The high-banked, one-mile concrete track requires a lot from the car and the driver. The track is also pretty narrow down the straightaways, so it is difficult to avoid the wrecks in front of you. The No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge team has been either hot or cold at Dover in the past, but we hope that our top-ten finish last week will carry some momentum into the ‘Monster Mile’ and it will be a good race for us.”