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Sam Hornish Jr., Danica Patrick meet again

Danica Patrick competes in this weekend's Ford 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Danica Patrick competes in this weekend's Ford 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

It'll seem like old times at Homestead for Danica Patrick (No. 7 Chevrolet) and Sam Hornish Jr. (No. 26 Alliance Dodge).

The current (Patrick) and former (Hornish) open-wheel stars will meet for the first time in NASCAR competition when they compete in the Ford 300 on Saturday.

It also will be the first on-track meeting two since the IndyCar season-finale in 2007. The last time they raced together at Homestead, Hornish finished third, Patrick was 14th in 2007.

Hornish had an incredible open-wheel record at HMS. In seven races, he had three wins, six top fives, seven top 10s and two poles. His last open-wheel race there was in 2007 when he finished second. Hornish has two previous NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Homestead. He was 43rd in 2006 due to an accident after 20 laps and finished 38th in 2007.

"I am really looking forward to racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this weekend in Homestead, the site of my second career NASCAR start in 2006," Hornish said. "I feel that I have learned a lot about stock cars in a relatively short amount of time. Although I've spent the past two years racing solely in the Sprint Cup Series, I have always felt that Nationwide races are competitive, action-packed and a lot of fun. As we work to finalize our plans for 2011, it feels good to end this season with a little excitement. We really hope to have a solid performance in the Alliance Parts Dodge this weekend."

Patrick, meanwhile, will be making her series track debut at HMS. She hopes for an encore of her most recent race there, where she finished second to close out the 2010 IndyCar season on Oct. 2. In five previous open-wheel starts at HMS, Patrick has one top five and two top 10s.

"This is probably one of the busiest racing years I've ever had," Patrick said. "This whole NASCAR experience really left me out of my element, but it was a lot of fun. I had no idea what to expect when I started the season, and the good thing is we've made some progress over the year. It's funny, in the beginning of the year I wasn't even familiar with the cockpit of the car. Now I feel a lot more comfortable, both inside the car and on the race track."

This is the last of 13 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts in 2010 for Patrick, who will compete in at least that many series events for JR Motorsports in 2011.

This will be Hornish's first NASCAR Nationwide Series race since 2008 at Bristol Motor Speedway.