Penske May Begin Their Silly Season Early

Daniel CaudillContributor IJuly 4, 2010

RICHMOND, VA - APRIL 30:  Brad Keselowski, driver of the #22 Ruby Tuesday Dodge, leads Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 NOS Energy Drink Toyta, Justin Allgaier, driver of the #12 Verizon Wireless Dodge and Carl Edwards, driver of the #60 Fastenal Ford during the NASCAR Nationwide Series BUBBA burger 250 at Richmond International Raceway on April 30, 2010 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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According to the always opinionated Ryan McGee of ESPN, Sam Hornish Jr.'s day's at Penske Racing may be numbered as he tweeted this directly after Hornish's wreck during the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona on July 3rd:

"And that was the last they ever heard of Sam Hornish. The End. #NASCAR #Allgaier"

What McGee was suggesting, was that Sam Hornish will be replaced by Justin Allgaier in the #77 for next year; which on Roger Penske's side of things, would not be a bad idea.

Here's a few stats to ponder on while you read: Sam Hornish Jr. has 90 starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, with only 7 top 10's. He raced 19 races in the NASCAR Nationwide Series over 3 years, with an average finish of 27.9.

While Justin Allgaier has a total of 56 starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, with 1 win, 21 top 10's, and an average finish of 15.3, all in 3 years.

You may be wandering why Penske would so abruptly pull Hornish from the Dodge Charger, but if you will remember David Stremme was pulled in favor of Brad Keselowski with 3 races to go in 2009. 

Stremme had a worse 2009 than Hornish has had in 2010; but Allgaier has had a better first 56 career races than Keselowski did in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

In Allgaier's first 56 races he has had 1 win, and 21 top 10's; with an average finish of 15.3. While in Keselowski's first 56 races he also had 1 win, 17 top 10's; and an average finish of 23.9. 

If Penske replaces Hornish with Allgaier, it will be a business move that may pay off; just as Keselowki has in the Nationwide Series, with an average finish so far of 3.9, and leading in the points.

Maybe Penske will slowly bring Allgaier into the Sprint Cup Series, just as Keselowski was let in by Rick Hendrick and James Finch, and snapped up by Penske.

If Penske decides that Hornish is not up to his standards, and decides to bring Allgaier into the #77, this will be one of many steps that will bring the Penske NASCAR Organization up to the same level as the Penske Indy Car Organization.