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ICYMI: Sam Hornish Jr. Wins Iowa XFINITY Series Race


Despite not having a ride since Homestead last November, Sam Hornish Jr. proved he wasn’t rusty at all.

Hornish responded after a 210-day racing layoff with a win during Sunday’s American Ethanol E15 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Iowa Speedway. He was Filling in for the injured Matt Tifft at Joe Gibbs Racing, who was fighting back problems.

“It doesn’t get much better than that.” Sam Hornish Jr. said on Fox Sports 1 after the win. “I just have to thank Toyota and Joe Gibbs Racing for getting me out here and giving me this opportunity. I was so nervous on Friday, getting into the car, thinking I was going to make a mistake. And now, to go out there and win the way we did, I just can’t say anything more about it.”

Hornish dominated Sunday’s event, leading 183 of 250 laps around the .875-mile track in Newton, Iowa. It was his fourth career win in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Hornish previously won at Iowa in 2014.

Ty Dillon finished second, followed by Brad Keselowski (Only Cup regular in race), Daniel Suarez and Alex Bowman.

Other storylines from Sunday’s American Ethanol E15 250 At Iowa Speedway include:

  • Ben Kennedy finished 10th in his XFINITY Series career debut. Kennedy is the grandson of late NASCAR CEO Bill France Jr.
  • Pole sitter Erik Jones started at the back of the field due to improper body modifications, roared back to as high as eighth place, before a fuel pressure problem ruined his day, finishing 27th.
  • Former TBR driver Alex Bowman continued his good from in JR Motorsport’s 88, finishing 5th.