Sport Ohioan Hornish Jr. wins XFinity Mid-Ohio race

03:20  13 august  2017
03:20  13 august  2017 Source:   Associated Press

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LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) Ohio native Sam Hornish Jr . has won the pole for the XFinity race at the Mid - Ohio Sports Car Course.

Driving the No. 22 Ford Fusion for Team Penske, Hornish dominated, leading 61 laps in the 75-lap event in his first career win at Mid - Ohio . It was Hornish ’s fifth career Xfinity Series race and his first on a road course.

Sam Hornish Jr. climbs from his car and celebrates winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar) © (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar Sam Hornish Jr. climbs from his car and celebrates winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar) LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) --  Sam Hornish Jr. dominated in his home state to win the XFinity Mid-Ohio Challenge on Saturday.

Hornish, from Defiance, Ohio, took the lead from rookie Daniel Hemric on lap 62 of 75 after the seventh caution at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Hornish beat Hemric by 1.335 seconds for his fifth victory in 117 XFinity races.

Rookie Matt Tifft, a Hinckley, Ohio, native was third, 2.373 seconds back of Hornish. James Davison and Andy Lally completed the top five.

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LEXINGTON, Ohio — Ohio native Sam Hornish Jr . has won the pole for the XFinity race at the Mid - Ohio Sports Car Course. Hornish , of Defiance, Ohio , turned a track-record lap of 96.863 mph to earn the top spot a second straight year to finish ahead of Elliott Sadler (95.779 mph)

Series points leader Elliott Sadler overcame an early collision to finish sixth. Playoff points leader William Byron, who leads the series with three wins this year, was 25th.

Hornish led for 61 laps and avoided a 10-car pileup on lap 69 that resulted in the second red flag. There were also nine cautions.

Blake Koch of Kaulig Racing from Akron, Ohio, won the first stage ahead of Brennan Poole. Hornish, who won the pole, easily took the second 20-lap stage by 4.645 seconds over Hemric.

After Hornish lost the lead on a pit stop, he regained it on lap 46 when he went side-by-side with Hemric through turns 5 through 9 before taking the inside position and pulling away.

The race got off to an auspicious start when it went to caution after the first lap when Cole Custer's car dropped fluid on the track and Sheldon Creed went to the garage with mechanical problems.

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LEXINGTON, Ohio — Ohio native Sam Hornish Jr . has won the pole for the XFinity race at the Mid - Ohio Sports Car Course. Hornish , of Defiance, Ohio , turned a track-record lap of 96.863 mph to earn the top spot a second straight year to finish ahead of Elliott Sadler (95.779 mph)

On lap 15, Matt Bell went lost control and crashed into the tire barrier off turn 1, drawing another caution and the red flag came out a lap later and lasted nearly 14 minutes so the wall could be repaired.

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