Lexington, OH- Former Indianapolis 500 champion Sam Hornish Jr. was sitting a top the speed charts after four NASCAR Nationwide Series practices at the 13-turn Mid Ohio Sports Car Course.
This comes as no surprise to anyone.
Hornish is from Defiance, Ohio which is down the road from the track and it’s not only his hometown track but he’s the only driver in the field with experience there as his comes from his Izod IndyCar Series days.
Hornish is trying to catch points leader Austin Dillon and has a great chance this weekend as he only trails by two points entering Saturday’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200. The Penske driver has three runner-ups in the past four races and was quickest in Friday’s final practice with a speed of 96.553 mph.
Yesterday, Hornish was fifth quickest while his teammate A.J. Allmendinger was fastest of the two practice sessions. The No. 22 Discount Tire Ford driven by Allmendinger has won the last four races entering Mid-Ohio as defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski won all four races. In the past 11 races though this car has won six of them with three different drivers including Allmendinger.
That just shows how strong Penske is on road courses and how hot they are coming into Saturday’s inaugural race. Last weekend on the Watkins Glen road course Keselwoski and Hornish finished 1-2 after they nearly got a 1-2-3 with Joey Logano. Unfortunately, Logano tried to stretch his fuel too far as he ran out of gas with two laps to go while running fourth.
Nevertheless, Penske has won the two road races on the Nationwide schedule and is dominating on the road course in Mid-Ohio. It looks like another Penske dominance this weekend.
Eric Smith is the Lead Motorsports Writer for Race Review Online. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru
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