Engine troubles lead to early exit for Hornish Jr.


JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Defiance native Sam Hornish Jr. was forced from the track by engine trouble after just eight laps Saturday evening's Nationwide EnjoyIllinois.com 300 race at Chicagoland Speedway.

Hornish had qualified his JGR Monster Energy Toyota sixth earlier in the day, but was foreced to start the race 38th after being penalized for making repairs to the car after qualifying. At the time of his withdrawal from the race, Hornish had moved up to 21st.

Brian Scott was the top qualifier for Saturday night's race. Scott turned a lap of 177.807 mph to earn his second pole of the season and No. 4 for his career. He won his first Nationwide Series pole at Chicagoland on Sept. 17, 2011.

Scott was followed by Richard Childress Racing teammate Ty Dillon at 177.643. It will be Dillon's 10th top-10 start of the year.

Chase Elliott, Erik Jones and Sprint Cup regular Kasey Kahne round out the top five. Kyle Larson, another Sprint Cup regular, qualified in the 12th position.

Regan Smith, who leads the series standings, got the 15th spot.

Smith also was on top of the standings when the series made its first of two stops at Chicagoland last year. Smith then slid into the infield on Lap 129 and finished 13th.

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