Hornish gets a surprise phone call

 

Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the #22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge, walks on the grid after NASCAR announced that AJ Allmendinger failed a random drug test and was pulled from the #22 Shell Dodge prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway on July 7, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Sam Hornish Jr. will be Allmendinger replacement for the Coke Zero 400. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Sam Hornish Jr. was done racing for the weekend. After a 10th place finish in Friday night’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway, Hornish headed home to Charlotte ready for a media obligation followed by a relaxing weekend at home.

Fate and NASCAR however had other plans.  Saturday afternoon only hours before the start of the Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400, NASCAR informed Penske Racing that AJ Allmendinger, driver of the team’s No. 22 Dodge, had failed a random drug test given at Kentucky Speedway and was suspended, temporarily, from NASCAR competition.

Suddenly the team had to scramble for a driver and Hornish, who competed in the Sprint Cup Series fulltime in 2009-2010 and now races fulltime in the Nationwide Series, got the call. MORE>>>

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