Marks wins Mid-Ohio Challenge; first NXS win

Besides being close to home, Hornish has a general affection for the 2.258-mile track. Hornish's record qualifying lap in the No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet broke the old mark of 96.256 miles per hour that was set by Michael McDowell in 2013. "We're as good as we have been really is hats off to RCR and all the people that work on the Rheem No. 2 auto", Hornish said. "Those are memories that I really cherish".

Although they haven't won yet, RCR's regulars have consistently registered strong finishes, putting them right in the middle of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Chase hunt. Sam Hornish Jr. (pole-sitter, finished second) posted his second top-10 finish in three races at Mid-Ohio and his third top-10 finish in 2016. Engine troubles forced him from that race, which was won by Chris Buescher. We'll go, ' " Hornish said. The veteran driver sits sixth in the standings heading to Mid-Ohio, a track he enjoys but is quick to point out is unlike any other circuit on the schedule.

Gaughan has a road-course win to his credit when he took the checkered flag at Road America two seasons ago.

From Defiance, Ohio, Hornish is driving Richard Childress Racing's No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro, teaming crew chief Gil Martin. We'll have a better, stronger auto at Mid-Ohio. While it's nice to be out there racing each weekend, I know how much it frustrates me if we can't run well. The biggest thing I took away from that was to make sure to stay on the racetrack. Last race: Joey Logano led 67 of 82 laps at Watkins Glen for his 26th win in the series.

"Owen also has been around the shop for the last week, so we've been able to spend some time discussing Mid-Ohio and the Xfinity cars in general".



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