Sam Hornish Jr., AHS ’98 and Indianapolis 500 winner, finished the Sharpie 500 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in 37th place, Saturday, Aug. 23.
Starting in the 35th spot, Hornish ran well until he was collected in a multi-car accident on lap 216.
His crew worked hard and was able to return Hornish to the 500-lap race, ensuring the team remained in the top-35 in the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup owners points standings.
On lap 469, smoke began to pour from his car and Hornish quickly came to pit road. With fluids leaking from the race car, his crew chief made the call to retire from the race.
"It was a disappointing night," said Hornish. "Everybody got together pushing each other real hard and we got caught up in the accident.
"There’s not a lot of room out there and little time to react. There just wasn’t anywhere to go. "
Hornish heads west to Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 31.–Information courtesy Penske Racing