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NASCAR: Nationwide points leader facing unemployment at end of season
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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,” he told

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.

“There’s not a whole lot of anything out there when I was told this,” he said.

Daytona expansion a boon for local economy

According to Washington Economics Group, the massive expansion at the Daytona International Speedway could be worth as much as $1.6 billion to the state and local economies.

DAYTONA Rising is a four-year project to overhaul the main grandstands at the iconic racetrack. During construction, it will add 6,300 jobs, most of them construction workers, to the area; more than $300 million in labor income; more than $85 million in new federal, and state and local tax revenues.

After it’s completed, it will help generate more than $241 million in federal, state and local revenues.

Pit stops

The Ford Fusion will get a nose job in time for the 2014 season. NASCAR approved a new nose that pushes the front grille area out to keep trash from clogging up the air flow. The current grille has a deeper inset than grilles for Toyota and Chevrolet, and that makes it more difficult to keep trash off the grille

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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