Multi-car wreck at Mid-Ohio
Several cars come away with significant damage after a bottleneck in Turn 5 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with just 23 laps to go in the NASCAR XFINITY Series race.
Hornish dominates at home track in Ohio
Sam Hornish Jr. takes the checkered flag at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the Mid-Ohio Challenge, piloting the No. 22 Team Penske Ford.
Hornish Jr. talks about his win in Victory Lane
Sam Hornish Jr. talks about how special Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is to him and grasping the win for Team Penske.
NASCAR Next's Alon Day has strong showing at Mid-Ohio
RELATED: Mid-Ohio results LEXINGTON, Ohio -- For Alon Day, sitting next to race runner-up Sam Hornish Jr . in a post-race press conference was a thrill. Day received congratulations from one of his "childhood heroes" after a 13th-place finish in his NASCAR national series debut in the XFINITY Series' Mid-Ohio Challenge Saturday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course . The NASCAR Next driver was the first Israeli driver to make a NASCAR national series start as well. The 24-year-old turned plenty of heads with a lengthy amount of time in the top 10 during a wet race at Mid-Ohio . The No. 40 MBM Motorsports Dodge had a best finish of 30th this year at Talladega coming into Mid-Ohio , something that was not lost on Day. "When the deal came, they told me you were going to drive the No. 40 car ," Day said. " ... My expectation wasn't that high to be honest. I said if I would finish like 25th, I'd be super happy with that and to find myself fighting for the lead, that's not bad." In road racing, it's been said that rain is the great equalizer. Day, for one, was excited by that prospect -- so much so that it came in conversation with Hornish earlier in the week. "He said the other day, 'I want it to rain,' " Hornish shared. "I said, " 'Be careful what you wish for.' " The wet weather, though, proved beneficial for Day, who started 22nd. A caution for weather came out quickly, leading teams to pit for rain tires on Lap 3. "The moment the rain hit, I realized we were going to change to rain tires," Day said. "I knew I had the speed to attack as soon as possible. Just on the first restart, I began attacking immediately. "I knew some guys would be a bit slow on the rain. I have some experience in the rain in Europe, we're used to driving in the rain all the time. I'm really happy. (You) can't imagine how excited I am sitting here." Day has honed his skills in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, scoring a second-place overall in the championship run for the 2015 season. He has raised his game in 2016 in that series with two wins and four top-fives, en route to becoming the first driver outside of North America to be selected to NASCAR Next. Day is set to drive for MBM again at another road course , Road America , on Aug. 27 (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) and hopes to do more beyond that. "We expect to do five more races but it all depends on sponsorship and finding the budget," Day said.
Hornish feels at home at Mid-Ohio , seeks more starts
LEXINGTON, Ohio -- Coming to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course brings back childhood memories for Sam Hornish Jr . "For me, it means a lot to get to race in my home state," Hornish told NASCAR.com. "I'm just glad to be here first and foremost because I had the opportunity to be a kid and sit right across the track from us here in Turn 1, riding down and spend the day with my dad watching the IndyCar race and Trans-Am and stuff like that." Hornish, who hails from Defiance, Ohio, and now lives in Napoleon, Ohio, is just about two hours from home for Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series Mid-Ohio Challenge (3:30 p.m. ET, USA, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The veteran driver is off to a strong start this weekend behind the wheel of the No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet as he led final practice and was second in Friday's opening practice. Hornish has raced before at the road course , running an IndyCar race here in 2007 and finishing 14th, driving for Roger Penske. The 37-year-old also has two XFINITY starts at Mid-Ohio , with a third-place finish in the inaugural event in 2013 and a pole in 2014 (before engine issues sent him to a 30th-place finish). Besides being close to home, Hornish has a general affection for the 2.258-mile track. "I love this track because you have elevation changes, you have some high speed corners, where it requires a lot of brakes," Hornish said. "And to me this is a little bit of a mix of what you would get in the (Sprint) Cup Series with having Sonoma and Watkins Glen (as road courses). You have some high speed but you also have some things where you are pressed to the hills and you got to keep the tires on the car ." The Mid-Ohio start comes as a little bit of a surprise as AJ Allmendinger , who won the first XFINITY race here in 2013, had been announced as the driver for this race back in June. However, a scheduling conflict for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular led to Hornish getting the start. Saturday's race marks the third start of the year for Hornish with a fourth start (third with RCR) coming at Kentucky in September. Hornish has one win on the season as he piloted the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to Victory Lane at Iowa in June (filling in for the sidelined Matt Tifft ). His second 2016 showing, also at Iowa, resulted in a sixth-place effort. "The fact that I got added for this one when they had the opportunity to be able to do it, that's great," Hornish said. "We knew that it was a limited schedule for this year. Hopefully, there will be some more stuff I'll be able to do next year."
Hornish Jr., Ty Dillon lead Friday practices at Mid-Ohio
PRACTICE 2 " Results Sam Hornish Jr . led the final XFINITY Series practice at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Friday afternoon, posting a speed of 95.977 mph. Hornish was second-fastest in today's opening session. Ryan Reed came up short to the No. 2 driver, posting a high speed of 95.596 mph. Nelson Piquet Jr . (95.255 mph), Ryan Blaney (95.225 mph) and series points leader Elliott Sadler (94.959 mph) complete the fastest five drivers on the leaderboard. Friday's first practice leader, Ty Dillon , brought out a caution during the final session when his No. 3 Chevrolet made contact with a tire barrier in Turn 9. Dillon finished the practice run sixth-fastest (94.845 mph). The XFINITY Series returns to the road course one more time on Friday for Coors Light Pole Qualifying at 6:15 p.m. ET (USA/NBC Sports App). PRACTICE 1 " RESULTS Ty Dillon was the fastest in Friday's NASCAR XFINITY Series opening practice at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with a speed of 96.087 mph. The Richard Childress Racing driver's fastest lap came on his 16th and final run on the road course . Sam Hornish Jr . was second-fastest to Dillon with a speed of 94.865 mph. Brandon Jones (94.564 mph), Brendan Gaughan (94.553 mph) and Ryan Blaney (94.207 mph) were the remaining of the top-five fastest, respectively. Daniel Suarez sustained major damage to the right-rear of his No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota after getting into the wall during first practice. Suarez posted a top speed of 93.927 mph, making him ninth-fastest for the first session. Owen Kelly , driving the No. 18 JGR Toyota, appeared to have engine issues during the opening session. Kelly clocked in 11th-fastest (93.819 mph).
Justin Marks nabs first XFINITY win at rainy Mid-Ohio
RELATED: Full race results " Chase Grid " Updated standings LEXINGTON, Ohio -- Not even a caution with four laps remaining in Saturday's Mid-Ohio Challenge could detour road course expert Justin Marks from scoring his first career NASCAR XFINITY Series victory at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course . Marks, driver of the No. 42 Katerra Chevrolet Camaro, withstood a rain-soaked challenge from Sam Hornish Jr on the final restart, but Marks showcased his road racing skills when it counted most and stretched his lead to 3.7 seconds when the checkered flag flew. "These are as tough conditions as you can put drivers in," said Marks from a makeshift Victory Lane. "It's just really hard on everybody when it's dry and wet and you don't really know what to do, so strategy plays a big role in it. You know, my specialty is road racing in the rain in these stock cars and I don't get much of an opportunity to do it so when that opportunity presents itself, you have to really take advantage of it and I about threw it away today. "I knew if the race ended in the rain that we would have a real shot at winning it. I wish my family was here. I'm just really happy." Marks dedicated the win to former Chip Ganassi Racing driver Bryan Clauson who passed away last Sunday night from injuries in a sprint car accident during the Belleville Midget Nationals in Kansas. "Bryan's short career in stock car racing came with Chip Ganassi Racing , so it's great to be able to put this thing in Victory Lane to honor him and think about him," added Marks. "He's a real American hero race car driver. Bryan was. They don't make them like that anymore." RELATED: Drivers share thoughts, memories of Bryan Clauson Hornish in a limited schedule driving the No. 2 Rheem Chevrolet Camaro for Richard Childress Racing settled for second. "All in all, a good day for the Rheem Chevrolet," he said. "My hat's off to Justin Marks . I generally held myself as a pretty decent rain racer and even given the opportunity there at the end, I couldn't do anything with him. I would have had to take massive chances with our car to be able to do anything and you still gotta pass him to keep up with him. "I'm proud of what the guys gave me on the No. 2 car today. I wish we would have gotten a little more out of it. In the dry, I feel like we could win, but Justin just went out there and was just a monster in the wet." Hornish won the pole on Friday in dry conditions, but as the field took the green at the 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course , Mother Nature moved in and sent the team to pit road for an optional change of tires from slicks to wets on Lap 3. Joe Gibbs Racing 's Owen Kelly , in his XFINITY Series return, took the lead on the restart, but spun shortly thereafter in Turn 6 sending Hornish back to the top spot. Hornish, however, would get his first glimpse of Marks on Lap 12 when the Chip Ganassi Racing driver took the lead for the first time. The Rocklin, California, native would maintain the lead through the halfway point where he pitted from the lead, cycling the top spot through a variety of drivers during green flag pit stops, as the race track began to transition back to dry. A Lap 50 caution for debris, however, would be the starting point where the race would set the tone for the closing laps. While under the yellow, the skies opened up, soaking the road course and sending almost all the competitors back to pit road for wet tires and fuel for the end. When the race restarted with 14 laps to go, Darrell Wallace Jr . found himself at the top. But with 12 laps to go, he went off course , giving the lead to Ty Dillon with a stalking Marks behind. With rain continuing to fall, Marks used his experience to close the distance between Dillon and took advantage as Dillon himself went off course on Lap 65, giving the lead back to Marks on Lap 66 and never relinquishing. Next up for the XFINITY Series is its annual summer trip to Bristol Motor Speedway for the running of the Food City 300 (7:30 p.m. ET, USA, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) on Aug. 19. Kyle Busch is the defending champion. Note: NASCAR Next driver Alon Day made his NASCAR XFINITY Series debut on Saturday, finishing 13th. With the start, Day -- who ran as high as third -- became the first driver from Israel to make a NASCAR national series start.
Sam Hornish Jr. sets track record, earns Coors Light Pole at Mid-Ohio
RELATED: Results Sam Hornish Jr . won the Coors Light Pole Award Friday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course , setting a track speed record as well. Hornish Jr. wheeled his No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet around the 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course in Lexington, Ohio, at a track record-setting 96.755 mph in the opening session of qualifying. In the second and final session, with a fast lap of 96.374 mph, he sealed the first starting spot in the Mid-Ohio Challenge (3:30 p.m. ET, USA Network, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). "The fact that we're here. We're as good as we have been really is hats off to RCR and all the people that work on the Rheem No. 2 car ," the polesitter said post-qualifying. "Right off the bat, this morning I was kind of worried about it being a little bit rusty. It's been a little while since I've been on a road course ." This marks Hornish's eighth career pole and first of 2016. Sharing the front row will be Owen Kelly , a road specialist who reached 95.877 mph in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Ryan Blaney , (95.739 mph in No. 22 Team Penske Ford), Elliott Sadler (95.675 mph, No. 1 JR Motorsports Chevrolet) and Daniel Suarez (95.613 mph, No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota) completed the top five, respectively.
Full schedule for Mid-Ohio
The XFINITY Series continues road racing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend, while the Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series are off. See the full schedule below: Note: All times are ET SATURDAY, AUG. 13: RUN OF SHOW 2:49:00 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series driver introductions 3:19:00: Moment of Silence, Bryan Clauson 3:19:10: Presentation of Colors by: Ohio Air National Guard Base Honor Guard 3:19:20: Invocation by: Lonnie Clouse, MRO 3:20:00: National Anthem by: Wendy Reiser 3:21:00: Team FasTrax (landing in Keyhole area) 3:26:30: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by: TBD 3:33:30: Start of the XFINITY Series' Mid-Ohio Challenge (75 laps, 169.35 miles) ( Results ), USA/NBC Sports App DAILY ROUNDUP -- Marks nabs first XFINITY win at rainy Mid-Ohio -- Watch: Marks' emotional speech following win -- Blaney: 'It was a blast' to race in rain -- Watch: Multiple cars go spinning following late-race restart -- Hornish goes spinning, later runs off course -- Identity mixup: Fans congratulate the wrong Justin Marks on Twitter -- NASCAR Next's Alon Day's strong showing at Mid-Ohio FRIDAY, AUG. 12: ON TRACK -- 9-10:25 a.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series opening practice ( Results ) -- 11:35 a.m.-12:55 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice ( Results ) -- 6:15 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole qualifying ( Results ) , USA/NBC Sports App DAILY ROUNDUP -- 'Six-Time's' daughter a Kenseth fan, more tweets -- Dillon, Hornish top Friday's XFINITY practices -- Penske expands XFINITY teams for 2017 -- Drivers share thoughts, memories of Bryan Clauson -- Hornish feels at home at Mid-Ohio -- Hornish sets track record, earns pole for Saturday's race -- Snapshot: Mid-Ohio -- Full lineup, roster for Mid-Ohio event
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