Sam Hornish Jr.

Hornish wins, full results from Xfinity Series race at Mid-Ohio

Leave a comment

Sam Hornish Jr. was almost flawless, starting from the pole and finishing by leading 61 of 75 scheduled laps to win Saturday’s Mid-Ohio Challenge NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

With no NASCAR Cup regulars in the race, and it being just Hornish’s third Xfinity race of the season, the race also helped the playoff hopes for several Xfinity drivers that are on either side of the bubble.

In addition, drivers finishing from second through fifth all earned career Xfinity-best finishes: Daniel Hemric (2nd), Tifft (3rd), Australian driver James Davison (4th in his second career Xfinity event) and sports car racing veteran Andy Lally (5th).

Click here for the full results from today’s race.

 

Sam Hornish Jr. dominates Mid-Ohio Xfinity race to earn first career road course win

4 Comments

In a race that saw a number of wrecks in the final stage, Sam Hornish avoided all the mayhem and was not to be denied, capturing Saturday’s Mid-Ohio Challenge NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Driving the No. 22 Ford Fusion for Team Penske, Hornish dominated, leading four times for 61 laps — including the final 14 — in the 75-lap event to earn his first career win at Mid-Ohio, which he considers his home track.

It was Hornish’s fifth career Xfinity Series win and his first on a road course. He has three previous runner-up finishes on road courses, including his second-place showing last year at Mid-Ohio.

MORE: Hornish wins, full results from Xfinity Series race at Mid-Ohio

MORE: Sadler, Byron, Allgaier remain 1-2-3 in Xfinity driver standings after Mid-Ohio

Finishing second through fifth were Daniel Hemric, Matt Tifft, James Davison and Andy Lally.

Sixth through 10th were Elliott Sadler, Brendan Gaughan, Brennan Poole, Justin Marks and Dakoda Armstrong.

Hornish won from the pole and had a car that was the class of the field. He was especially strong on restarts and took more of a defensive approach late in the race when there were several multi-car wrecks.

Two wrecks in the final stage stood out: a five-car crash involving Blake Koch, Ryan Reed, Spencer Gallagher and Jeremy Clements, and then a incident that involved 10 cars on Lap 69 that brought out the second red flag of the race.

STAGE WINNERS: Blake Koch (Stage 1), Hornish (Stage 2)

WHO HAD A GOOD DAY: Hornish was the star of the day, but the rest of the top-five all earned Xfinity career-best finishes: Hemric (2nd), Tifft (3rd), Australian driver Davison (4th in his second career Xfinity event) and sports car racing veteran Andy Lally (5th).

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Matt Bell had a specatular crash on Lap 16, slamming into the Turn 1 tire barrier and then landing on top of it, resulting in a 13 1/2 minute red flag period to make repairs to the barrier and adjacent fence.

NOTABLE: Cole Custer wrecked his primary car in qualifying and had to go to a backup car. He had to be towed to the garage after just one lap to fix a fluid leak, but was able to return, running 54 laps and finishing 35th.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “With the luck we had in our first two races of the year (finished 37th and 34th, both at Iowa), I was wondering how today was going to turn out, but we had an almost flawless day.” – Race winner Sam Hornish Jr.

WHAT’S NEXT: Food City 300; Friday, August 18; 7:30 p.m. ET; Bristol Motor Speedway (on NBCSN).

Follow @JerryBonkowski

 

Sam Hornish Jr. feels right at home, takes Xfinity pole at Mid-Ohio

Getty Images
Leave a comment

Given that he’s an Ohio resident and has made countless trips to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course as both a driver and a fan, it’s not surprising Sam Hornish Jr. felt right at home in Saturday’s Xfinity Series qualifying there.

Hornish was fastest of the 40 drivers in the field to earn the pole for this afternoon’s Mid-Ohio Challenge (3:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

Hornish covered the course at a top speed of 96.863 mph. Elliott Sadler was second at 95.779 mph, followed by Blake Koch (95.574), Ryan Reed (95.439) and Matt Tifft (95.232).

Sixth through 10th were Daniel Hemric (95.188), Ben Kennedy (95.037), Justin Allgaier (94.997), Cole Custer (96.760) and Brennan Poole (92.535).

There was one significant incident in the closing laps when Cole Custer wrecked at the end of his qualifying lap. His Ford suffered significant front end damage, and will likely have to go to a backup car for this afternoon’s race.

Click here for the full qualifying grid.

Follow @JerryBonkowski

Sam Hornish Jr. fastest in final Xfinity practice at Mid-Ohio

Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway
Leave a comment

Sam Hornish Jr. posted the fastest lap in Saturday’s final Xfinity practice session at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Hornish toured the road course at a speed of 94.857 mph for Team Penske. James Davison, who finished 20th in this year’s Indianapolis 500, was next on the speed chart with a lap of 94.846 mph. Matt Tifft (94.542 mph) was third and followed by Regan Smith (94.507) and Cole Custer (94.379).

Both Davison and Smith are in Joe Gibbs Racing cars this weekend.

Click here for full practice report

Saturday morning’s session was added after rain washed out both of Friday’s practices.

Qualifying is at noon ET on CNBC. The race is at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Today’s Xfinity Series race at Mid-Ohio: Start time, weather, TV/radio info

Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images
Leave a comment

The Xfinity Series continues its run on road courses with today’s race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. While rain played a major role in last year’s race, it won’t have any impact today.

This race is the second of three on road courses this month for the series.

Here’s all the info for today’s race.

(All times are Eastern)

START: The command to start engines will be given at 3:37 p.m. Green flag is set for 3:48 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 75 laps (165.35 miles) around the 2.258-mile road course.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 20. Stage 2 ends on Lap 40.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: The garage opens at 7 a.m. Final practice is from 8 – 8:45 a.m. The driver/crew chief meeting is at 2:15 p.m. Driver introductions are at 3 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: The Columbus Children’s Choir will perform the Anthem at 3:30 p.m.

TV/RADIO: NBCSN will broadcast the race at 3:30 p.m. Coverage begins at 3 p.m. with Countdown to Green. The Motor Racing Network radio broadcast begins at 3 p.m. and also can be heard at mrn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the MRN broadcast.

FORECAST: The wunderground.com site predicts a temperature of 75 degrees and a zero percent chance of rain at race time.

LAST TIME: Justin Marks won last year’s race, which was run in the rain. Sam Hornish Jr. placed second. Ryan Blaney finished third.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here.