Sam Hornish Jr: NASCAR Race Winner: The WYPALL 200 Review

Sam Hornish Jr. celebrates his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series victory on Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images for NASCAR via nascar-assets.americaneagle.com


From the Marbles calls him "Dances With Walls".  His competitors call him "Sideways Sam".  IndyCar fans call him Champion.  And now, we can call him a Nascar Winner.  Sam Hornish Jr finally won a Nascar race.  Hornish led about 50 laps on his way to a victory in the WYPALL 200 at Phoenix.  Hornish has also cemented himself as a 2012 Nationwide Championship Contender.

The other big story was the demise of Elliott Sadler.  With 20 laps to go, Sadler made a move that will become the norm on the newly repaved Phoenix raceway. Sadler cut the dogleg to pass both Aric Almirola and Jason Leffler.  Sadler gave both drivers a wide berth and when he came back up on the track he had at least a half car length on Leffler.  As all three began to enter the turn, Leffler never let off the gas and hit the back-end of Sadler's OneMain Financial Chevy. 

Sadler spun, and collected both Leffler and Almirola.  The mayhem that followed saw Jeremy Clements and Morgan Shepherd get collected.  Shepherd could not get slowed fast enough and completely devastated his and Leffler's cars.  Sadler was justly upset with the incident, and Leffler explained to cameras that the whole thing was his fault.  Jason was racing for a ride in 2012, and thankfully he took full responsibility for the wreck. 

So now, with 41 points separating Sadler and Stenhouse, all Ricky has to do is make about 10 laps due to the handful of Start and Park cars we see every week and he should win the Championship.  Unless Stenhouse wrecks on the first few laps and Sadler can finish in the top 3, Ricky Stenhouse will be your 2011 Nationwide Champion.

Results and More after the Jump!

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR LAPS STATUS
1 5 12 Sam Hornish Jr.  Dodge Alliance Truck Parts 200 Running
2 10 22 Brad Keselowski  Dodge Discount Tire 200 Running
3 2 60 Carl Edwards  Ford World Financial Group 200 Running
4 9 18 Joey Logano  Toyota GameStop 200 Running
5 11 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Ford Ford. Drive one. 200 Running
6 3 16 Trevor Bayne  Ford Air Hogs 200 Running
7 4 33 Clint Bowyer  Chevrolet Rheem Heating 200 Running
8 8 20 Ryan Truex * Toyota Martin Truex Jr. Foundation 200 Running
9 7 31 Justin Allgaier  Chevrolet Brandt / Monterey AgResources 200 Running
10 19 62 Michael Annett  Toyota Oakley / Pilot Flying J 200 Running
11 20 70 David Stremme  Chevrolet Foretravel Motorcoach 200 Running
12 14 87 Joe Nemechek  Toyota AMFMEnergy.com 200 Running
13 42 32 Ron Hornaday  Chevrolet Dollar General 200 Running
14 13 81 Blake Koch * Dodge Daystar.com 200 Running
15 27 134 Ricky Carmichael  Chevrolet Monster Energy 200 Running
16 36 01 Mike Wallace  Chevrolet I Hate Steven Singer 199 Running
17 12 09 Kenny Wallace  Toyota Toyota 197 Running
18 35 15 Timmy Hill * Ford Poynt / Lilly Trucking of Virginia 197 Running
19 38 14 Eric McClure  Chevrolet Hefty BlackOut / Reynolds 197 Running
20 37 52 Kevin Lepage  Chevrolet Tilted Kilt Sports Bar 197 Running
21 25 7 Danica Patrick  Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 196 Running
22 30 23 Robert Richardson Jr.  Chevrolet North Texas Pipe 195 Running
23 40 40 T.J. Duke Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 191 Running
24 39 51 Jeremy Clements  Chevrolet Phoenix Automotive Cores 176 Accident
25 1 88 Aric Almirola  Chevrolet Suave Men 174 Accident
26 18 38 Jason Leffler  Chevrolet Great Clips 174 Accident
27 6 2 Elliott Sadler  Chevrolet OneMain Financial 174 Accident
28 21 89 Morgan Shepherd  Chevrolet Victory In Jesus 174 Accident
29 22 66 Steve Wallace  Toyota 5-Hour Energy 174 Running
30 15 30 James Buescher  Chevrolet Exide Batteries 142 Accident
31 17 19 Mike Bliss  Chevrolet Millennium Salon 129 Accident
32 41 28 Derrike Cope  Chevrolet Maxelence 125 Accident
33 34 80 D.J. Kennington  Dodge Northern Provincial Pipelines 82 Accident
34 28 44 Jeff Green  Chevrolet TriStar Motorsports 38 Rear Gear
35 23 82 Reed Sorenson  Dodge Foametix / Bullet Liner 34 Accident
36 26 49 Mark Green  Chevrolet Acredale Vending 15 Brakes
37 16 47 Scott Speed  Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 6 Brakes
38 43 46 Chase Miller  Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 6 Rear Gear
39 29 71 Matthew Carter  Chevrolet Rick Ware Racing 2 Vibration
40 33 41 Johnny Chapman  Chevrolet Rick Ware Racing 1 Accident
41 24 11 Brian Scott  Toyota Shore Lodge 0 Accident
42 32 39 Matt Frahm  Ford TSP Powder Coating 0 Accident
43 31 04 Tim Andrews  Ford Go Green Racing 0 Accident

 

A strong end to the season has made 2012 a promising chance for Michael Annett.  He has yet to score a dominating top 5, but Annett is starting to be consistent.  Here's how the points look heading into the season finale:

 

RANK DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS
1 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 1179 33 2
2 Elliott Sadler 1138 -41 33 0
3 Justin Allgaier 1074 -105 33 1
4 Aric Almirola 1059 -120 33 0
5 Reed Sorenson 1043 -136 33 1
6 Jason Leffler 996 -183 33 0
7 Kenny Wallace 952 -227 33 0
8 Michael Annett 918 -261 33 0
9 Brian Scott 912 -267 33 0
10 Steve Wallace 911 -268 33 0
11 Trevor Bayne 859 -320 28 1
12 Mike Bliss 800 -379 33 0

 

And now, for the Nationwide Chase, only three drivers have a shot for the Nationwide Chase Championship.  Stenhouse would be heading to the last race with a dominating points lead.  Here's how it looks:

Reg Pos Chase Pos Numb Driver Chase Points Chase Behind Reg Behind
1 1 6 Ricky Stenhouse 2351 0 0
2 2 2 Elliott Sadler 2312 -39 -41
3 3 31 Justin Allgaier * 2305 -46 -105
11 4 16 Trevor Bayne ** 2291 -60 -320
4 5 88 Aric Almirola ** 2289 -62 -120
8 6 62 Michael Annett * 2269 -82 -261
6 7 38 Jason Leffler ** 2256 -95 -183
9 8 11 Brian Scott ** 2254 -97 -267
7 9 09 Kenny Wallace ** 2238 -113 -227
10 10 66 Steve Wallace ** 2235 -116 -268
12 11 19 Mike Bliss ** 2231 -120 -379
5 12 32 Reed Sorenson ** 2221 -130 -136
*-Eliminated in Regular Points System
**-Eliminated in Both Points System

 

Join us later in the week for a Preview of the Season Finale of the 2011 Nationwide Series!  Enjoy!

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