On Aug. 17, the NASCAR Nationwide Series traveled to Lexington, Ohio, for its first ever race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. A.J. Allmendinger climbed behind the wheel of the No. 22 for only his second start of the season, and in only his second race, he claimed his second series win. (See slideshow, above)
“This Discount Tire Ford was just like at Road America; it was awesome,” Allmendinger said in victory lane.
Allmendinger's first race of the season, and his first win, came at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
Allmendinger’s win gave the No. 22 team the owner points lead over the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota team that headed into the weekend as the leader. Owen Kelly, who was driving the No. 54 at Mid-Ohio, ran near the front for much of the race but spun and landed in a sand trap on the final lap.
The win also meant a road course sweep for Penske Racing, with Allmendinger turning in wins at Road America and Mid-Ohio and Brad Keselowski winning last weekend at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.
“For Penske to sweep all three of these road courses just says how awesome these cars are,” Allmendinger said.
Michael McDowell, who was making a rare appearance behind the wheel of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing entry, matched his career-best with a second-place finish. Allmendinger's Penske Racing teammate and series regular, Sam Hornish Jr., finished third and retook the Nationwide Series championship points lead.
Max Papis finished fourth and Brian Vickers rounded out the top-five.