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Sam Hornish Jr. on Nationwide pole at Mid-Ohio

Sam Hornish Jr.
Sam Hornish Jr.
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Sam Hornish Jr. claimed his second NASCAR Nationwide Series pole of his part-time 2014 season on Saturday with a 84.787-second/95.873 mph lap from behind the wheel of the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in the second and final round of qualifying for the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 to be held at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, later Saturday afternoon.

Alex Tagliani, the road course specialist called upon by Team Penske, will start second, next to Hornish on the front row. Brian Scott was third, Ty Dillon fourth and Chris Buescher fifth in the final round to round out the top-five on the starting grid for Saturday afternoon's race.

Scott and Tagliani posted the two fastest laps in the first round. Scott was tops in round one with a lap time of 85.436 seconds (95.145 mph).

Qualifying sixth through 12th in the final round were Justin Marks in the No. 31 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet, Brendan Gaughan, Regan Smith, Chase Elliott, Kenny Habul in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, James Buescher and Dylan Kwasniewski in the No. 42 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet. Kwasniewski moved over to the No. 42 TSM entry in Kyle Larson's absence, as Larson is at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., fulfilling Sprint Cup Series obligations. Kwasniewski normally drives the No. 31, driven at Mid-Ohio by Marks.

Thirty-nine cars made qualifying laps in the first round, one car shy of a full race field, so all who made qualifying attempts received spots on the Mid-Ohio starting grid.

The Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 is scheduled to take the green flag shortly after 2:45 p.m. ET.

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