Sam Hornish Jr. who is chasing his first NASCAR championship this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, is doing everything he can do to accomplish his goal He was fastest in first practice and has now backed that up by being fastest in qualifying.
Hornish, driving the No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Ford Mustang, turned in a lap of 165.843 MPH to score his fourth pole of the season and the fifth of his career.
Hornish edged out Blake Koch, who is making his debut for RAB Racing in the No. 99 Compression Racing.com Toyota that was driven by Alex Bowman until this week. Koch posted a lap of 165.781 MPH
Penske driver, Brad Keselowski, will start third on Saturday in the No. 48 Discount Tires Ford. Keselowski posted a lap of 165.756 MPH. Keselowsi could play a role in the outcome of the driver’s championship and the owner’s championship. Both of his Penske teammates are involved in points battles – Sam Hornish battling for the driver’s title, Joey Logano driving the No. 22 will be trying to secure the owner’s championship.
Logano will start fourth in the No.22, with Sprint Cup Series championship contender, Matt Kenseth taking the green in fifth. Austin Dillon, who has an eight point lead over Hornish, will start 11th after posting a lap of 163.825 MPH in his AdvoCare Chevrolet.
The green will fall on the Ford Ecoboost 300 at 4:30 pm local time.