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Sam Hornish Jr. wins pole, Alex Tagliani next in qualifying at NASCAR Nationwide series

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LEXINGTON, Ohio — Sam Hornish Jr. has won the pole for the second annual NASCAR Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Hornish, an Ohio native, had a lap speed of 95.873 around the 2.258-mile road course located midway between Columbus and Cleveland.

PHOTO: Sam Hornish Jr. drives through a corner during qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 auto race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 in Lexington, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar)
Sam Hornish Jr. drives through a corner during qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 auto race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 in Lexington, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar)

Alex Tagliani was second at 95.53 and Brian Scott third at 95.44. Ty Dillon and Chris finished fourth and fifth.

Rounding out the top 10 on the grid were Justin Marks, Brendan Gaughan, Regan Smith, series points leader Chase Elliott and Kenny Habul.

The 90-lap race is set for the afternoon.

Defending champ AJ Allmendinger is not competing, choosing instead to race at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Michigan.

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