Hornish to make first start
Sam Hornish Jr.
will become the second IndyCar Series champion to drive in the Truck Series. He'll pilot the No. 4 Dodge of Bobby Hamilton
Racing-Virginia next week at Martinsville in partnership with Penske Racing, his employer in Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series racing. Chris Carrier, Hornish's crew chief on the No. 77 Cup Dodge, will serve as crew chief in the truck race.
also drove a truck at Martinsville last year, finishing 33rd in his NASCAR debut. He made a total of 24 Cup/Nationwide starts this season before his Cup sponsorship with Chip Ganassi Racing ran dry. He's returning to IndyCar racing next year with Ganassi.
An interesting sponsor for Sadler
Virginia native Hermie Sadler
, a two-time starter in the Trucks' inaugural 1995 season, will drive next week at Martinsville in a No. 48 Chevrolet sponsored in part by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Sadler, a wrestling promoter for years, has made Cup and Nationwide starts in vehicles sponsored by wrestling companies.
Wonder what his sponsor would have thought of the throwdown at Loudon, N.H., between Red Horse Racing and Germain Racing.