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Sunday, June 10, 2018 1:00 am


Dixon cruises to 2nd straight win

Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas – Scott Dixon led the last 119 laps at Texas on Saturday night, winning his second consecutive IndyCar Series race and breaking a tie for the third-most career wins in open-wheel racing.

Dixon got for his 43rd career victory, a week after winning at Detroit to match Michael Andretti. Dixon trails only A.J. Foyt's 67 wins and Mario Andretti's 52.

After taking the lead on the 11/2-mile Texas oval, he never gave it up. It was Dixon's third victory at Texas.

Before separate late incidents involving Will Power and Ed Carpenter, the top two finishers at the Indianapolis 500, Dixon was close to lapping the field.

IndyCar said Power and Carpenter both would be penalized for avoidable contact.

Power held the points lead coming into the race, but Dixon took over that with his 4.3-second win over Simon Pagenaud. Alexander Rossi finished third, with James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay rounding out the top five.

XFINITY: In Brooklyn, Michigan, Austin Dillon and Daniel Hemric didn't have much time to battle for the lead after the final restart. As long as one of them was in front when the rain came, Richard Childress Racing was going to win.

Dillon ended up beating teammate in the rain-shortened NASCAR Xfinity race at Michigan International Speedway. The race was delayed around three hours at the start because of the weather, and there had been a threat of more rain for a while before the race was finally called after 91 of the planned 125 laps.

Dillon, in his No. 3 Chevrolet, fought with Hemric's No. 21 on a restart on the 89th lap, but the race went under caution again almost immediately because of the weather.

“We definitely needed that win for our Xfinity Series team,” said Dillon, a Cup Series driver who won this year's Daytona 500. “It was great to have the 21 up there shoving me around. He had our back. If we didn't have the strategy, the rain coming, he was going to have a great shot to win also.”

It was the ninth career Xfinity victory for Dillon, and his first in 2018.

Qualifying earlier in the day was canceled because of the weather at the 2-mile track. Kyle Busch started the race at the front based on owner points.

Like at last weekend's Xfinity race at Pocono, NASCAR used a restrictor plate package.

“My hats are off to NASCAR for looking at different packages for our product out there,” Childress said. “Like everything, when you very first start running like this, I'm sure they'll tweak on it a little bit, but I was impressed by how close the field was. I looked up after quite a few laps, and nobody had been lapped.”

FORMULA ONE: In Montreal, Sebastian Vettel has claimed the pole position in the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix with the fastest lap ever on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Vettel steered his Ferrari over the 2.71-mile track in 1 minute, 10.764 seconds to deprive Lewis Hamilton of a record seventh pole in Montreal. It's Vettel's fourth pole on the Ile Notre-Dame, and his first since 2013.

The Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas will also start in the front row. After leading all three practice sessions, Max Verstappen will start third, alongside Hamilton. Kimi Raikkonen in the other Ferrari and Monaco winner Daniel Ricciardo are in the third row.

Hamilton tops the championship leaderboard as he pursues his fifth Formula One title.

Kimi Raikkonen in the other Ferrari and Monaco winner Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull are in the third row, with Nico Hulkenberg seventh and the best of the rest.

Ferrari is running an engine update in Montreal. Mercedes was expecting to do the same, but it wasn't ready in time; they also decided to bring fewer sets of the softest tires.

NHRA: In Dinwiddie, Virginia, Courtney Force took her sixth No. 1 qualifier of the year and fourth in the past five events Saturday in the inaugural Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park.

Force had a 3.983-second pass at 323.35 mph during her second qualifying run Friday in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series' first visit to the track since 2009.

Tony Schumacher took the No. 1 spot in Top Fuel, Greg Anderson in Pro Stock, and Hector Arana Jr. in Pro Stock Motorcycle – also all with their Friday runs.