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Sam Hornish, Jr. Wins at Mid-Ohio

NASCAR XFINITY Series Mid-Ohio Challenge
Saturday, August 12, 2017

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Sam Hornish, Jr. collected his fifth series victory
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Sam Hornish Jr. dominated Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series Mid-Ohio Challenge, but his victory was anything but certain until the waning laps of a caution-filled race. 

Hornish, driving Team Penske's No. 22 Ford Mustang, earlier had eclipsed his own qualifying record at the 13-turn, 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, and edged series rookie Daniel Hemric by 1.335 seconds when the event ultimately went green for the final time with five circuits remaining in the 75-lap distance. 

The victory was the fifth in the series by Hornish, whose last win came in June of 2016 at Iowa Speedway. 

Hornish, who led four times for 61 laps, traded the top spot with Hemric's No. 21 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Camaro four times over the race's third and final stage. He took the point for the last time on Lap 62, on a restart following the seventh caution. 

Veteran Brendan Gaughan advanced to the second after Justin Allgaier and James Davison slipped off the track in Turn 3 at Lap 63, setting up a final restart battle that ended prematurely when Gaughan's No. 62 RCR Chevrolet Camaro was forced off the track by Hornish shortly after the green flag. 

"I finally got the win (at Mid-Ohio)," said Hornish, who finished second here a year ago. "We had a smart, almost flawless day but I feel bad about the 62. I didn't want to beat him that way." 

Rookie Matt Tifft finish third in the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry, improving his best NASCAR XFINITY Series finish from a fifth-place at Kentucky Speedway last September. Davison, an international racing star and Indianapolis 500 competitor, took fourth in the No. 20 JGR Toyota, followed by sports car veteran Andy Lally, whose No. 07 Chevrolet Camaro team posted their first top-10 finish in the series. 

Twenty-four of the race's 40 starters completed all 75 laps. Five drivers, Hornish, Hemric, Blake Koch, Ryan Reed and Elliott Sadler, traded the lead nine times. 

NASCAR XFINITY Series points leader Sadler spotted the field an early spin and a green flag pit stop to change a flat tire, but he ultimately took sixth, ahead of Gaughan, Brennan Poole, Justin Marks and Dakoda Armstrong. 

Koch won the race's first stage when Hornish elected to pit with three laps left and leader Sadler was spun in Turn 1 by Poole. 

Hornish quickly went back to the front of the field after Stage 1 pit stops, claiming Stage 2 over Hemric and Davison. 

Saturday's race left the playoff picture unchanged with no bubble drivers able to bump their way into the standings. Sadler holds an 81-point lead over William Byron, who appeared headed for a top 10 until being caught up in a late accident relegating him to a 25th-place finish.

RACE RESULTS

Pos.#DriverMakeStartLapsLedStatusPointsPlayoff Points
122Sam Hornish JrFord17561Running526
221Daniel HemricChevy6758Running471
319Matt TifftToyota5750Running340
420JD DavisonToyota11750Running410
507Andy LallyChevy13750Running380
61Elliott SadlerChevy2751Running315
762Brendan GaughanChevy17750Running381
848Brennan PooleChevy10750Running400
942Justin MarksChevy21750Running330
1028Dakoda ArmstrongToyota28750Running270
1111Blake KochChevy3753Running372
1239Ryan SiegChevy16750Running290
1314JJ YeleyToyota18750Running240
1433Brandon JonesChevy25750Running230
154Ross ChastainChevy14750Running280
1646Anthony KumpenChevy34750Running210
1799David StarrChevy35750Running200
1813Enrique BacaDodge29750Running190
195Michael AnnettChevy30750Running180
2040Tim CowenFord36750Running170
2152Joey GaseChevy39750Running160
223Scott Lagasse JrChevy26750Running150
2374Cody WareDodge40750Running00
2478Stephen YoungChevy37750Running130
259William ByronChevy23670Accident1217
262Ben KennedyChevy7670Accident140
2724Dylan LuptonToyota15670Accident100
2818Regan SmithToyota12670Accident00
298Josh BilickiChevy22670Accident90
300Garrett SmithleyChevy33670Accident70
317Justin AllgaierChevy8670Accident138
3298Casey MearsFord19640Engine50
3316Ryan ReedFord4572Accident115
3401Sheldon CreedChevy32560Running30
3500Cole CusterFord9540Running20
3623Spencer GallagherChevy24510Accident10
3751Jeremy ClementsChevy20510Accident60
3890Matthew BellChevy27150Accident10
3993Jeff GreenChevy3190Transmission10
4089Morgan ShepherdChevy3850Handling10


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