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Hornish tops rain-delayed Road America practice

June 20, 2014, Staff report,

Joe Gibbs Racing driver continues impressive results despite lack of seat time


Fresh off a runner-up finish at Michigan International Speedway last weekend, Sam Hornish Jr. topped Nationwide Series practice at Road America on Friday.

After the first of two scheduled sessions was rained out, Hornish paced the field in the lengthened second practice with a best speed of 108.189 mph on the 4.048-mile road course.

Brian Scott was just barely off Hornish's pace, coming in at 108.183 mph, followed by Team Penske road course specialist Alex Tagliani in the No. 22 at 108.064 mph. Regan Smith (107.832 mph) and Brendan Gaughan (107.627 mph) completed the top five.

Smith's JR Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott only ran half a lap before succumbing to engine issues. His No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet had to make an engine change.

Tommy Joe Martins brought out the session's first caution when he went off the track in Turn 12.

James Buescher spun off Turn 8. His No. 99 glanced the nose on the barrier, but he was able to continue on with minimal damage.

Kenny Habul also went off the track in Turn 13 as well but sustained little to no damage.

The No. 87 of Stanton Barrett brought out the final full-course caution when it went off in Turn 3.

Coors Light Pole Award Qualifying kicks off Saturday at 11:40 a.m. ET on ESPN2 before the Gardner Denver 200 Fired Up by Johnsonville (2:45 p.m. ET, ABC).


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