NASCAR & Auto Racing

Hornish picks up from practice, but not enough to make race

Former IndyCar champion Sam Hornish Jr. failed to qualify the No. 77 Dodge for the 43-car field for the first time this season.

Hornish needed to qualify on speed because the Penske Racing driver is outside the top 35 in owner points.

"We've been kind of junky on all our qualifying attempts for the 2½-mile tracks," Hornish said. "We picked up a half a second from practice to qualifying, but it's obviously not enough. The best way to do this deal is to be in the top 35."

Hornish was 29-for-29 this season and made the last two Cup races of last season. He missed his first six attempts last year to qualify on speed.