LEXINGTON, Ohio — official release — Nick Laham/Getty Images photo — Sam Hornish Jr. earned the Coors Light Pole Award ahead of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 with a fastest lap of 1 minute, 24.787 seconds.
Hornish was fastest in the opening practice session for the weekend, and his speed hasn’t waned since.
Alex Tagliani will also start on the front row, with a speed just .305 seconds off Hornish’s pace. As the clock wound down, Tagliani looked to earn the pole, but instead spun out into the dirt, requring a tow off the track.
Brian Scott was fastest in the first round, but couldn’t hold his place atop the leaderboard in the second. He will start third with a lap of 1 minute, 25.092 seconds.
As the first round came to a close, Elliott Sadler bumped out Justin Marks as the clock went to 0, but Marks was still on the track and took the position away from Sadler as he finished his lap.Trevor Bayne also did not advance past the first round.
The Nationwide Children’s Hopsital 200 is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. ET and will be aired on ESPN.