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Lexington, OH- It’s been a championship winning stretch for the No. 22 Penske Racing Ford.
A.J. Allmendinger took the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford to victory lane in the inaugural Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Saturday afternoon.
The victory was the fifth straight NASCAR Nationwide Series win for the No. 22 car and eighth win in the last 15 races with three different drivers. It also swept the three road courses in 2013 as Allmendinger won at Road America back in June and Brad Keselowski came home victorious at Watkins Glen last weekend.
Allmendinger is now 2-for-2 in Nationwide Series competition in 2013 as he won his first career NASCAR race at Road America then his second at the 13-turn course this afternoon. He’s driving better than he’s ever done previously as he’s more comfortable and relaxed. This could propel the California native to a full-time ride in 2014 as he’s tough to beat now.
Allmendinger led a race-high 73 of the 94 Laps and had to endure a late race restart to come home victorious in the inaugural Mid-Ohio event.
Michael McDowell tied his best career Nationwide Series finish today with a runner-up in the No. 18 Toyota. Meanwhile, Allmendinger’s Penske Racing teammate Sam Hornish Jr. performed very well in his hometown race as he finished third in the No. 12 Ford. It was his fourth top three finish in the past five races as he now took over the points lead by 13 points heading into next weekend’s race at Bristol.
Max Papis and Brian Vickers rounded out the top five in the first ever NASCAR sanctioned race at the 2.258-mile road course.
Eric Smith is the Lead Motorsports Writer for Race Review Online. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru
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