Hornish still earning NASCAR respect

Updated: November 16, 2010, 2:40 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CONCORD, N.C. -- Sam Hornish Jr. is at the back of the NASCAR hauler signing in for Sunday's Coca-Coca 600. He has no handler, no entourage. Except for two fans who ask for autographs, he goes through the Sprint Cup garage with little fanfare, particularly for a driver who has won three Indy Racing League titles and the Indianapolis 500.

In this world he's not a star.

That's not a slam on Hornish. It's reality.

As impressive as Hornish's credentials were ...

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