Hornish and Busch swap owner points

Penske Racing have been given permission to let Sam Hornish take Kurt Busch's owner points for the start of the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup

Hornish and Busch swap owner points

The switch means that the three-time IndyCar Series champion will be locked into the field for the first five races of the season, as the top 35 cars in owner points are guaranteed a place on the grid.

Bud Denker, senior vice president of Penske Corp. said: "This would obviously help Sam as he prepares to run the first five races instead of preparing to qualify for the first five races.

"With a champion like Kurt and the opportunity to utilise the points, anyone would be foolish not to take care of the situation."

Hornish tried to qualify for eight Cup races this season, but he only made the field twice.

Busch is more likely to be able to qualify for races purely on speed, but as a former champion (in 2004), he also has a provisional that he can fall back on.

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