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Penske: Hornish drives 'masterful race' at Daytona

Sam Hornish Jr.'s 15th-place finish in the Daytona 500 was a thing of beauty in team owner Roger Penske's eyes, writes Mark Ashenfelter.

Updated: February 17, 2008, 11:09 PM ET
By Mark Ashenfelter | ESPN.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Sam Hornish Jr. might have a long way to go to learn what it will take to win in NASCAR, but he covered a lot of ground in a hurry in the Daytona 500.

Making just his third Sprint Cup start -- and his first on a superspeedway -- Hornish was overshadowed by teammates Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch, who blew past Tony Stewart on the last lap to finish first and second.

Overshadowed doesn't mean overlooked, however.

Team owner ...

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