Sam Hornish Jr.’s experience at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course finally paid off.
Hornish Jr. dominated in his home state to win the Xfinity Mid-Ohio Challenge on Saturday.
“I think I've been second or third here a few times in other series but could never win here,” he said. “To finally punch that ticket means a lot to me.”
Hornish, from Defiance, Ohio, took the lead from rookie Daniel Hemric on lap 62 of 75 after the seventh caution. He beat Hemric by 1.335 seconds for his fifth victory in 117 XFinity races.
Hemric acknowledged that Hornish had a home-course advantage, especially when it came to handling the 13 turns over the 2.258-mile track.