NSCS: Hornish To Practice & Qualify For McDowell At Michigan Due To Conflict

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Sam Hornish Jr. will prepare Michael McDowell's Sprint Cup car this weekend at Michigan while McDowell is racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Road America. (Kena Krutsinger/Getty Images for NASCAR photo)

Sam Hornish Jr. will prepare Michael McDowell’s Sprint Cup car this weekend at Michigan while McDowell is racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Road America. (Kena Krutsinger/Getty Images for NASCAR photo)

CONCORD, N.C. – Circle Sport/Leavine Family Racing has announced that Sam Hornish Jr. will fill in for Michael McDowell on Friday and Saturday during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend at Michigan International Speedway.

McDowell is scheduled to race in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Road America for Richard Childress Racing on Friday and Saturday.  He will then travel to Michigan International Speedway and drive the No. 95 Thrivent Financial Chevrolet on Sunday in the Pure Michigan 400.

Hornish will practice and qualify the car for McDowell on Friday, as well as participate in two Sprint Cup practice sessions on Saturday. The driver change for Sunday’s race means that McDowell will forfeit the starting spot that Hornish earns for the car and have to start at the rear of the 40-car field.

A native of Defiance, Ohio, Hornish has competed in two NASCAR XFINITY Series races this season, one for Joe Gibbs Racing and the other in the same No. 2 Chevrolet that McDowell will pilot for RCR this weekend. Hornish won his first XFINITY start of the year at Iowa Speedway in June.

Zerolight Communications contributed to this report.

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