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LEADER OF THE PACK: After his third-place finish at Mid-Ohio on Saturday, Ohio native Sam Hornish Jr. leads the Nationwide Series driver standings. He holds a 13-point edge on Elliott Sadler, with Regan Smith and Austin Dillon tied for third, two more points off the pace, and 11 races remaining.

“We have a long way to go yet.” Hornish said. “It’s tough running out there, but a lot of fun.”

PERFECT YEAR: Jeremy Bullins, crew chief for Roger Penske, prepared cars that won all three of the road-course races on the Nationwide Series this season. That’s just a part of eight victories for him and his crew this year.

“We’re certainly on a good streak; there’s no getting around that,” Bullins said. “We keep trying to make improvements to our cars, and building new cars and try to keep things moving forward.”

AJ Allmendinger has won in his only two starts on the circuit this year _ both on road courses _ at Road America and on Saturday at Mid-Ohio, and Brad Keselowski won at Watkins Glen two weeks ago.

“Penske cars have just been good on the road courses,” said Michael McDowell, who finished second to Allmendinger at Mid-Ohio. “It’s not one thing in particular. I’ve been trying to figure it out, too.”

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AP Sports Writers Rusty Miller and Noah Trister contributed to this report.

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