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Hornish eager entering Nationwide race at Kentucky

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SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Sam Hornish Jr. is pondering his next move in stock cars, but he's prepared to make the most of his last scheduled ride this season for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Last year's NASCAR Nationwide Series runner-up will make his eighth series start of 2014 and seventh in JGR's No. 54 Toyota Camry in Saturday night's 300-mile, stand-alone race at Kentucky Speedway. It will be Hornish's first start since an engine issue left him 30th in last month's road race at Mid-Ohio after starting on the pole.

The former three-time IndyCar Series champion considers Kentucky's bumpy 1.5-mile oval a good place for him on many levels. He has four top-10 Nationwide finishes in as many starts here — including fourth last fall with 65 laps led — along with two open-wheel wins.

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