Sam Hornish Jr. wil start from the pole for the Zippo 200 and sets the track record.
Sprint Cup regular now has sweep hopes going into Sunday's event
Local manufacturing company has sponsored track since 1993
The Nationwide Series heads to Watkins Glen for road course racing
The top finishers comment on a fun day of racing on the twists and turns of Watkins Glen.
Jimmie Johnson and others comment on a clean race, but wild G-W-C finish at Watkins Glen.
The top finishers at the Glen discuss the race and points headed to Mid-Ohio.
Presenting NASCAR content from around the web Editor's note: On Wednesday at noon ET, "High 5" will present some of the best NASCAR-related content from around the web. 1. Remembering Buddy Baker NASCAR driver Buddy Baker was known as a fearless racer and one of the sport's greats. Baker, 74, passed away Monday after battling lung cancer. In a career that spanned for over three-and-a-half decades, Baker had racing in his blood. His father Buck Baker was a two-time premier series champ. ESPN's Bob Pockrass wrote about Baker's successful career, touching on important career highlights on the man who was nicknamed the "Gentle Giant." Read the entire piece here . 2. Trouble in the Empire State New York seems to be the home of altercations in recent history, with Ty Dillon and Regan Smith getting physical with one another at Watkins Glen International during the Zippo 200 . The two, however, weren't the only athletes duking it out in the Empire State. RELATED: Ty tweets after scrap with Smith Just a couple of weeks into training camp the New York Jets are already making headlines. Head coach Todd Bowles announced on Tuesday that quarterback Geno Smith will be sidelined for 6-10 weeks due to a broken jaw. The quarterback and LB IK Enemkpali, a sixth-round pick in the 2014 draft, got physical with one another in the locker room. Now Smith needs surgery and Enemkpali needs to find another team. Geno out 6 to 10 weeks becuse of an altercation in the locker room. Broken jaw. Requires surgery. IK Enemkpali hit him. Been released. #Jets — dom cosentino (@domcosentino) August 11, 2015 3. 'Tom Brady Sux' Remember that time Kyle Busch likened himself to Tom Brady? Well he might want to play down the comparisons between himself and the Deflategate star. RELATED: Kyle compares himself to Tom Brady Sun King Brewing, an Indiana-based brewing company, is showing its disdain for the Patriots quarterback. Look closely at the expiration date. This from @SunKingBrewing in Indy. (Look closely at the expiration date) pic.twitter.com/NbjRRUT8pI — Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) August 10, 2015 Not sure when that date on the calendar falls so be extra safe and drink the beer right away; you don't want to be drinking expired beer. 4. One-year anniversary of Robin Williams' passing Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of the passing of the beloved Robin Williams. Superb actor, witty comedian and Oscar winner are just a few of the accomplishments listed on the funny man's lengthy resume and many in the NASCAR community were avid Williams fans. Check out what some of the drivers were tweeting about the late actor this time last year: I remember Mork & Mindy as a kid. Was a fan. #NanuNanu What an amazing talent. — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) August 11, 2014 Sad to hear about Robin Williams. Brings light to the fact that you can't be sure what tomorrow holds, and Everyone has their struggles. — Aric Almirola (@aric_almirola) August 12, 2014 5. Squirrels are everywhere XFINITY Series star Bubba Wallace and Kansas City Royals infielder Ben Zobrist have one interesting thing in common, squirrels. Yes, you heard that right, squirrels. Bubba had a rollercoaster weekend during the Zippo 200 . Not only did he finish outside the top 10, but he had the misfortune of running over a squirrel during the race. He confessed to reporters, right away, about his hit and run, "Yeah, I hit a squirrel." RELATED: Bubba hits squirrel during Watkins Glen race Days before during a Royals-Tigers game, Zobrist also had an interaction with a furry rodent. Read the full story here to find out just how the squirrel was able to outsmart the entire outfield. Your browser does not support iframes.
RELATED: Full qualifying results Joey Logano won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International on Saturday. The driver of the No. 12 Team Penske Ford set the pace with a speed of 124.308 mph (a new track record) in the final round of qualifying. His teammate Brad Keselowski will start second after posting a speed of 123.607 mph. Chase Elliott , Kyle Larson and series points leader Chris Buescher round out the top five. The group qualifying procedure for a road course includes two rounds, the first being 25 minutes. The 12 fastest cars from the opening session advanced to the 10-minute final round. Logano paced the first session as well, followed by Keselowski. Ty Dillon was 14th in the first session before his final run vaulted him up to sixth, advancing the driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet into the final round and knocking Brendan Gaughan out. Dillon will start sixth. Morgan Shepherd did not qualify for the race in the No. 89 Chevrolet but will drive the No. 40 Toyota in the race. The Zippo 200 is scheduled for later today at 3 p.m. ET (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM).
RELATED: Smith, Dillon get physical post-race Regan Smith shared his view of the post-race fracas with Ty Dillon at Watkins Glen International last week, and he made no apologies for his actions. "I was pretty fired up after the race, and I feel like rightfully so," Smith said on "JR Motorsports Up Front" on Dirty Mo Radio. "That's the passion of our sport, that's why we do it. We don't do it because we go there to be all happy-go-lucky. We do it because we want to go out there and race hard and win. When you feel like you've been wronged, then sometimes you've got to handle it." Last Saturday following the Zippo 200 , Smith stopped at competitor Ty Dillon's car, leaned in and grabbed Dillon by the front of his uniform, confronting him about an incident between the two in Turn 1 on a Lap 40 restart. The two NASCAR XFINITY Series championship contenders pushed and shoved and shouted angrily at each other, promising retaliation down the road before NASCAR officials and various team members stepped in to separate them. Smith eventually was pulled away and made his way back to the garage area still fuming. The JR Motorsports driver offered some insight into his history with Dillon and the on-track incident that sparked his ire. "I think from my perspective I've been on the receiving end on more than one occasion from that car," he said. "And that's the frustrating part and that's the part that really builds. I think this year for the most part we have done a good job of racing each other hard, racing each other clean and kind of had an understanding of how we were going to run each other. I didn't take very nicely to the move that was made on Saturday. "I feel like and I don't mean to say this arrogantly, but there are certain guys in our series that are very good at braking and in braking zones … If you outbrake them, it probably means you have missed the corner, whether its a restart or whatever. For me to get in any deeper in that corner, I would have wadded the 22 ( Brad Keselowski ) up and wrecked him and the 33 ( Paul Menard ) likely. I don't race that way. ... On a road course, I feel like probably most of us, or the majority of the field has enough experience to understand that and realize that." RELATED: Dillon gets an interesting gift from Virginia Tech coach The turn of events was even more frustrating for Smith because it was an example of yet another good run at a road course turned bad for circumstances out of his control. "If you look back at my two-and-a-half-years here, we have run top five at every road course, and run strong enough to ... potentially win all of them," he said. "That's the most frustrating for me. We've got nothing to show from any of them. And it's not by our own hand of making mistakes on our own. "It's been of other things and other people just doing boneheaded stuff that makes absolutely no sense to you. We could be sitting here talking about almost 10 straight top fives on a road course instead of 'Wow, Regan never finishes good at a road course.' That's not the case. We are always up there, in the hunt and maybe that, sometimes that can be the curse. A lot of times you look at the top fives when these races are over and its guys that didn't run near the top five all day long and that's just how these things shape out sometimes." Heading into Mid-Ohio for the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM) Smith is fourth in the points standings, 57 points behind championship leader Chris Buescher . Dillon is tied with Smith's JRM teammate and defending series champion, Chase Elliott for second place in the standings. Smith says he thinks that circumstances will put he and Dillon together a bit this weekend. RELATED: Latest series standings "You can pretty much guarantee that we will qualify next to each other, ride on the same pack truck prior to the race. That's how it works in NASCAR." And while Smith says he has not watched the incident, he is confident someone at JRM will make sure he sees it at some point. "I haven't watched it, nor will I," Smith later jokingly added, "I'm sure I'll be forced to watch it at the Christmas party or at some point. I know I am not going to be able to get away from it."