Special to the Enterprise
Sam Hornish Jr. is five races away from a possible NASCAR Nationwide Series championship. His reward, however, may be the unemployment line.
Hornish has a four-point lead over Austin Dillon heading into Saturday’s Dollar General 300 at the Kansas Speedway. As he tries to give car owner Roger Penske his second Nationwide championship, he knows he doesn’t have anything lined up for next year.
But the former Indianapolis 500 winner and three-time IndyCar Series champion knows one thing for sure: He wants to stay in NASCAR.
“I don’t see myself doing that,” Hornish told RacinToday.com.
Hornish’s position isn’t based on performance, he said. It’s all about money.
Penske now is more committed to 19 year-old Ryan Blaney in the Nationwide Series, and that doesn’t leave any other openings within the organization.
Hornish now is talking to other teams. He said many competitors were surprised to hear he was about to become a free agent.
Nobody was more surprised than Hornish.