Sam Hornish Jr. is leaving Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with a points lead -but it isn’t something to gloat about just yet.
After finishing third, the driver of the No. 12 out-finished his championship competitors, the next one Brian Vickers in fifth. Then, Elliott Sadler finished sixth, Regan Smith fifteenth, and Austin Dillon came home in a dismal 21st.
Dillon, who came into Mid-Ohio with the points lead, is now fifteen back. That places him third in the standings, tied with Regan Smith. To put things simply, he never found a flow. Discovering one may be difficult when you abandon your NASCAR Nationwide car in favor of turning laps at Michigan as Tony Stewart’s substitute. But, to each his own.
Sadler and Smith both had eventful days, reviving their New Hampshire dispute when the No. 11 helped the No. 7 get around. I think it’s safe to say these two aren’t going to be friends anytime soon.
The surprise in this group would have to be Vickers, who flaunted his car’s strength in Friday’s practices. However, he didn’t gain any ground, still eighteen points back from the slot he wants to covet at the end of the year. Wouldn’t that close his first (and final) season with a bang?
It’s looking like a five-wide finish coming to the checkered, but you can bet there will be some shuffling on the final lap.
Top Five Point Standings after Mid-Ohio
1. Sam Hornish Jr. (-)
2. Elliott Sadler (-13)
3. Regan Smith (-15)
3. Austin Dillon (-15)
5. Brian Vickers (-18)