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Hornish Wins Showdown, Logano Elected

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, May 16 2009
Joey Logano misses chance to be in Sprint All-Star Race. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Joey Logano voted into Sprint All-Star Race. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images for NASCAR)

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer

Concord, N.C. – Sam Hornish Jr. got another victory in the month of May, even though it wasn’t anywhere near the level of his Indianapolis 500 triumph on May 28, 2006.

 Hornish bolted away from Jamie McMurray and David Stremme to win the Sprint Showdown, a 40-lap dash that determined which drivers advanced to the Sprint All-Star race.

 McMurray, who started 30th in a random draw, sped through the pack despite an oily windshield that obscured his view at more than 150 miles per hour.

 For muc h of the race the Penske Racing duo of Hornish and Stremme were the class of the field.

 “We knew we had a real good car,” Hornish said. “We raced this piece at California and Texas. It handled real well. This gives us an idea what the track will be like. I’m glad to be racing for $1 million.”

 McMurray said he fought the oily windshield from the first lap and it got worse when the oil dry spread on the track began sticking to the oil on his windshield. “I was really fortunate to get by those guys,” he said, adding that once he got to second he backed off so as not to take a chance on crashing his car. “It’s scary when you can’t see.”

  Still, he said. “We should be good for the race.”

 McMurray said he was relieved to be in the big show because it’s embarrassing for a driver who’s earned a spot in the past by winning a points- paying race.

Rookie Joey Logano, who finished fifth in the Showdown, also got a spot in the main event after winning a fan vote.

 He said he found it surprising that a rookie could win a fan vote.

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, May 16 2009
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