Sam Hornish Jr. grabs pole ahead of title charge
November 16, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
Sam Hornish Jr. will start on the pole for Saturday afternoon's Ford Ecoboost 300 (4 p.m. ET, ESPN) at Homestead-Miami Speedway as he tries to run down Austin Dillon in the race for the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship.
Hornish posted a speed of 165.843 mph and a lap of 32.561 seconds as he knocked Blake Koch off the top spot late in the qualifying run and under some cloud cover. It was Hornish's fourth Coors Light Pole Award of the season and the fifth of his Nationwide Series career.
Dillon, the man Hornish is eight points behind in the standings, will start 11th. Brad Keselowski, who is trying to help Roger Penske win a close owner championship, will start third alongside Penske teammate Joey Logano, who was fourth in the qualifying run.
Joe Gibbs Racing's Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch will be right behind their Penske rivals in the fifth and sixth positions on the grid. Gibbs trails Penske by four points in the owner standings entering the race.
Brad Sweet, Kyle Larson, Trevor Bayne and Brian Scott round out the top 10.