Indecision '07: New Hampshire update

Posted by Iannucci | 9/14/2007 | 7 comments »
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No matter what series he races in, let me be perfectly clear that I for one will wish Sam Hornish Jr the best. My obvious preference would be that he drives an IndyCar, but he’s gotta do what’s best for him – even if that means taking over a year to make up his mind. Hey, it’s his choice.

Perhaps the results of this weekend will factor into his ultimate decision. This just in: Sam’s attempt to qualifiy for his first “N-word” (thanks, pressdog) Cup event in New Hampshire have ended in disappointment. His 46th fastest time today leaves him off the grid for Sunday.

Maybe he could walk around and sign autographs all day. Maybe he could sit in the trailer and watch the NFL. Maybe he could just hang out with Michael Waltrip, who also failed to qualify for the umpteenth time this season. Whatever he wants to do with his Sunday – so long as it isn’t race – it’s his choice.


  1. Carrie // September 14, 2007 3:09 PM  

    How he lost that much speed between practice and quals, I have no idea.

  2. The American Mutt // September 14, 2007 4:20 PM  

    I think their qualifying system sucks ass. Correct me if I'm wrong but theoretically you could qualify for the pole, but start 36th. Right?

  3. pressdog // September 15, 2007 7:08 AM  

    Someone forgot to tell Sam that not EVERYONE who shows up qualifies. Competitive qualifying? What a concept. And yeah, mutt, qualifying is just like the league -- everything is convoluted and artificial.

  4. Anonymous // September 15, 2007 7:12 AM  

    why didn't john andretti qualify? his time was plenty fast enough.

    that's as strange to me as the competition yellow's.... and why i don't watch the "N-word."

  5. Anonymous // September 15, 2007 7:48 AM  

    According to the "N-word" website, John Andretti failed post qualifying inspection and was dropped from the starting grid. I wondered too.

  6. Anonymous // September 15, 2007 12:56 PM  

    That can't be! I was told:

    Mmack, I think we've tread this ground before, but Dario and Sam won't be sitting around on Sundays. Their owners are in the Top 35 in Owner's Points, thusly they'll be racing as long as their entire teams can maintain that position. And neither CGR or Penske has even been seriously threatened with falling out of that group all year.

    Although in fairness, that poster was right. Dario AND Sam are not sitting out tomorrow.

    I guess Roger had better buy a Top 35 in points team instead of starting a new one so Sammy can go play in the tin tops. Either that or Kurt or Ryan gets their walking papers. Oh well, there's always Busch and ARCA Sammy.

    I do apologize to A.J. Allmendinger, who I've ragged on in many past posts, since he DID qualify for the race, albeit in 39th.

  7. Johnny // September 17, 2007 6:43 AM  

    Yeah, fair enough point. But Penske will have to wait until the end of competition this year to buy the team. Right now, unless Sam greatly improves, he'll have trouble making the shows.