Las Vegas Motor Speedway really was Sam’s Town on Saturday, as Sam Hornish Jr. picked up his second-career Nationwide Series victory in the Sam’s Town 300. Hornish Jr. held off runner-up Kyle Busch in the final seven-lap shoot-out, leading 114 of the race’s 200 laps.
"I didn’t know until this morning that this was the Sam’s Town 300," Hornish Jr. said post-race. "It’s kind of cool that I was able to win it…It’s great to get Penske Racing’s first win back in a Ford.”
"Man, the car was awesome today,” continued Hornish Jr. “It was a real joy to drive. I’ve got to thank all the guys on the Penske team for giving me an awesome car to race with. When you have a car that good, you’re always worried something bad is going to happen or you’ll get caught in somebody else’s problem. I’m glad that didn’t happen today."
Not only was it the first Penske win with Ford, it was the first Nationwide Series victory for crew chief Greg Erwin, a veteran Sprint Cup crew chief who signed on with Penske during the offseason.
Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Brian Vickers finished third, followed by Trevor Bayne and the third JGR driver, Elliott Sadler.
The Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 500 goes green on Sunday at noon PT/3 p.m. ET. Follow the action at www.nascar.com.
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