Richard Petty Motorsports announced that three-time IndyCar Series champion Sam Hornish Jr. will pilot the No. 9 Ford next season. Hornish Jr. will replace Marcos Ambrose, who is leaving NASCAR and returning to his native Australia to compete in the V8 Supercars series for Team Penske. The move allows Hornish Jr. to compete full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for the first time since 2010 when he was driving for Team Penske. “I’d taken quite a few lumps,” Hornish Jr. said. “I always saw that there was light at the end of the tunnel, but sometimes you don’t know if that’s a train or not, you know?” … NASCAR Sprint cup Series driver Kyle Busch and his wife Samantha officially announced the two are expecting their first child in 2015. The couple made it official on Twitter with Kyle tweeting out, “Now announcing our plans for the 2015 race season!” … NASCAR Camping World Truck Series veteran driver Timothy Peters snapped a 22-race winless streak with his victory at Talladega Superspeedway this past Saturday. Peters held off the field in a two-lap sprint to the finish for his first win of the season and eighth of his career. … Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway was the 890th and final race for Texas native and legendary driver Terry Labonte. Labonte, who finished 33rd driving the No. 32 for FAS Lane Racing, said one of his last memories for his impressive career was his victory at Texas Motor Speedway in 1999. “I think probably one that was the coolest for me, probably two of them actually, but the one in Texas out there when I won the race,” Labonte said. “That’s the first time I think I ever noticed a crowd. I was passing Dale Jarrett. We had really run good all day and they beat us on a pit stop and I ran him down and passed him with less than 10 laps to go and I saw the whole place stand up. I had never noticed the crowd actually stand up at the track and I thought to myself, ‘Oh man, I better not screw this up because I think there are 200,000 people pulling for me and they’re gonna be mad if I don’t win this thing.” … NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Danica Patrick and crew chief Tony Gibson will remain together. Gibson announced via Twitter that he and Stewart-Haas Racing have reached an agreement to remain as crew chief for Patrick’s No. 10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet for the 2015 season and beyond.
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