LAS VEGAS – Sam Hornish Jr. snapped his winless streak in dominant fashion at the Nationwide Series The Sam’s Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday, surviving two late race cautions to hold off Las Vegas native Kyle Busch.
Hornish’s victory marked the first victory for Penske Racing since its switch back to Ford for the 2013 season. Hornish led 114 laps, and held off Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Busch and Brian Vickers to collect his first victory since Phoenix in 2011 and second in his Nationwide Series career. It was also the first Las Vegas victory for Penske Racing.
“I had a really good race car. The guys at Penske Racing gave me an awesome race car,” said an elated Hornish. “The car was really good on restarts. I just really enjoyed having a car this good. I am only winded from trying to get in and out of the car and that good stuff. The way the car handled was just perfect, and I could take my time. Dreams are made of how cars like that run. Kyle put up one heck of a fight and raced me clean so it was a good race. “
Busch charged to the lead on the restart with seven laps to go, but Hornish came back on the high side of the track to regain the following lap. From there, it was all Hornish as he beat Busch to the finish line by 1.100 seconds.
“It stinks, man,” Busch said. “We had a good car. It was fun to drive, it just wasn’t fast enough – we were getting beat everywhere, all around the track. Second isn’t bad. We just have to continue to try and get better.”
Vickers made a late race charge to pass Elliott Sadler and Trevor Bayne for third. Bayne battled back from an earlier accident to claim forth and Sadler came home fifth.
Austin Dillon, Regan Smith, Alex Bowman, Brian Scott and Travis Pastrana rounded out the top 10. The race was slowed by eight cautions.