Sam Hornish Jr. did not sit behind the wheel of the Shell-Pennzoil Dodge this weekend at Michigan International Speedway until 1:04 p.m. this afternoon. When the command to start engines for today’s Pure Michigan 400 was given at 1:07 p.m., Hornish began one of the most impressive performances of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Hornish charged to the front, led laps and posted the fastest lap times for much of the race en route to a respectable 12th-place finish.
“We were hoping for a top-10 finish, but it wasn’t a bad day,” Hornish said after the race. [...]