Originally written on The Pit Stop  |  Last updated 10/25/14
For the first time ever the Nationwide Series went to Mid-Ohio for 200 miles of road course racing.  Michael McDowell picked off the poll for the inaugural event.  Going to the back of the field was Austin Dillion and Marcos Ambrose. "Awesome being in my home state of Ohio," said Sam Hornish Jr. "I want to win the race," said A.J. Allmendinger. "I'm really looking forward to it," said Austin Dillion. "Impossible to pass," said Owen Kelly. "Really hard to pass out here today," said Marcos Ambrose. The race started off cleanly through turn one, but later on in the lap Kyle Larson gets spun out.  He was able to move on and get to the pit road.  Michael McDowell was leading laps as Marcos Ambrose was easily moving up through the field was Austin was not doing so. A.J. Allmendinger started to get hot and then passed Michael McDowell for the race lead on lap 9.  Then A.J statarted to pull out a nice sized lead over Michael.  The caution finally came out on lap 20 as Jeffery Earnhardt spin out all by himself into the grass.  The caution brought down the leaders and Sam Hornish Jr. won the race off pit road.  Max Papis and Austin Dillion though stay out for track position. As the race restarted Max Papis was able to lead a couple laps and Sam Hornish Jr.  was able to get the race lead on lap 27 and then later on in the lap Regan Smith brings out the caution as he spins out in the grass.  This caution brought in only a few cars down pit road service including Austin Dillion and Max Papis. The race restarted and A.J. Allmendinger got the best of the restart and the race lead quickly.  At lap 30 the caution comes out for Justin Allgaier who spins out with some help from Marcos Ambrose.   A.J. continued leading laps as the green flag dropped.  The green flag racing stopped at lap 38 as Nelson Piquet Jr. spins out.  As the race started again A.J was back leading laps, but it was not a long green flag run again and at lap 45 it was caution time again as Alex Kennedy spins out. With 42 laps the race restarted again with A.J. Allmenindger leading more laps.  With 33 laps left the green flag pit stops finally started.  Owen Kelly stalled his car on pit road.  A.J. Almendinger pitted on the next lap giving Max Papis the race lead back.  Max pits with 32 laps left putting Austin Dillion into the race lead.  Austin pits with 31 laps left and Justin Allgaier had the race lead. Justin Allgaier pits with 29 laps left and this left Chad Hackenbracht as race leader.  The caution comes out as Kenny Habul wound up leaving some debris out on the race track.  With 24 laps left the race restarts and A.J. Allmendinger leading more laps.  Later on in the lap Parker Kligerman goes off road and does not cause a caution.  Then Regan Smith spins out, but does not cause a caution.  The same thing happened for Austin Dillion as well.   With 21 laps left Trevor Bayne spins out, but even he does not even bring out the caution.  With 17 laps left Marcos Ambrose spins out with help from Owen Kelly, but does not bring out the caution as well.  Five laps later he does the same thing again and again does not bring out the caution.  The green flag racing finally came to an end with two laps left for Kenny Habul that spins out.  The green-white-checker finish comes out and AJ Allmendinger survives the first lap.  Owen Kelly spins out on the last lap, Nelson Piquet Jr. runs out of gas, and A.J. Allmendinger had enough fuel to win the race. A.J. Allmendinger stated this was a fun car to drive after a couple of green flag laps. "I wanted that one bad," said Michael McDowell. Sam Hornish Jr. stated on the restarts that he was too tight in turn one.
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