NASCAR: Sam Hornish, Jr. Wins in Vegas
Sam Hornish, Jr. is making the most of his second chance in NASCAR, cruising to victory in Saturday's Sam's Town 300 in Las Vegas.
The Penske Racing driver led 114 laps on his way to his first Nationwide victory since 2011.
"You dream of having cars like this," Hornish said in Victory Lane. "I think I used more energy celebrating than I did actually driving the car today."
Kyle Busch finished second, followed by Brian Vickers, Trevor Bayne and Elliott Sadler.
Austin Dillon finished sixth, followed by Regan Smith who collected his first top ten of 2013. Rookie Alex Bowman finished eighth, Brian Scott ninth and Travis Pastrana left Vegas with his second top ten in three weeks.
Reed Sorenson, who is piloting the No. 43 Pilot Travel Centers Ford while Michael Annett is out with fractured and dislocated sternum, finished 16th.
"I talked to him, and he wants me to do well," Sorenson said of his good friend Annett. "This is a big deal for me, and I am going to make the most of it."
With the win, Hornish, Jr. sits atop the Nationwide Series point standings by 19 points over Justin Allgaier. Sadler and Scott trade places in third and fourth, and JR Motorsports' Regan Smith rounds out the top five.
Next up for the Nationwide Series is Bristol Motor Speedway and the Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 300. Coverage of the race begins at 2 pm Eastern time on ESPN2.
Thanks to NASCAR on ESPN, Racing Reference, NASCAR.com, USA Today, ESPN.com and Auto Racing Daily for the information, quotes and statistics used in this piece.