Sam Hornish Jr. Snags Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 Pole

Sam Hornish Jr. Snags Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 Pole

by August 16, 2014 0 comments

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ALTON, Ohio. — Sam Hornish Jr. (Joe Gibbs Racing) claimed the Coors Light Pole Award for today’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 with a lap of 84.787 seconds around the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The driver of the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota claimed his second pole award of the season and the seventh of his career with his lap – fending off Alex Tagliani (Team Penske), Brian Scott (Richard Childress Racing), Ty Dillon (Richard Childress Racing), and Chris Buescher (Roush-Fenway Racing) to claim the award. Justin Marks (Turner Scott Motorsports), Brendan Gaughan (Richard Childress Racing), Regan Smith (JR Motorsports), Chase Elliott (JR Motorsports), and Kenny Habul (Joe Gibbs Racing) would round out the top-10.

Qualifying would begin with a 30-minute session that would advance the quickest 12 drivers to the 10-minute final round. Scott would be the fastest driver of the opening session in his No. 2 Avery Neely/Shore Lodge Chevrolet with a lap of 85.436 seconds. Hornish would sneak his way into the final session with the 10th-fastest time of the opening round.

Missing out on the final cut were Elliott Sadler (Joe Gibbs Racing), Trevor Bayne (Roush-Fenway Racing), Jeremy Clements (Jeremy Clements Racing), Dakoda Armstrong (Richard Petty Motorsports), and Ryan Reed (Roush-Fenway Racing) among others.

Tagliani and Scott would fight early for the lead in the closing round of qualifying yet it would be Hornish who would prevail by swooping in and grab the pole midway through the round. Tagliani would attempt to mount a late charge but would spin on his flying lap, forcing the Montreal native to claim the outside pole for today’s 90-lap race.

Dillon would be the highest-qualifying rookie of the race with his fourth-place starting position and would also be the best qualifier of the current top-four drivers in the drivers’ standings. Smith and Elliott – JR Motorsports teammates – would qualify in the respective eighth and ninth positions while Sadler would qualify out of the top-12 in the 13th position.

Last year’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 winner, AJ Allmendinger, won the race from the second starting position in the No. 22 Team Penske Ford – the same car that Tagliani is driving this weekend.

Top-10 Qualifiers for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200

  1. 54 – Sam Hornish Jr. –  Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 84.787 | Leader
  2. 22 – Alex Tagliani – Ford – Team Penske – 85.092 | -0.305
  3. 2 – Brian Scott – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 85.165 | -0.378
  4. 3 – Ty Dillon# – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 85.255 | -0.468
  5. 60 – Chris Buescher# – Ford – Roush-Fenway Racing – 85.320 | -0.533
  6. 31 – Justin Marks – Chevrolet – Turner Scott Motorsports – 85.565 | -0.778
  7. 62 – Brendan Gaughan – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 85.665 | -0.878
  8. 7 – Regan Smith – Chevrolet – JR Motorsports – 85.693 | -0.906
  9. 9 – Chase Elliott# – Chevrolet – JR Motorsports – 85.771 | -0.984
  10. 20 – Kenny Habul – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 85.992 | -1.205

# = Rookie.

Kyle Pokrefky
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