Andretti victorious in Iowa

SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2011

Marco Andretti grabbed the lead from Tony Kanaan with 18 laps left and won Saturday night’s IndyCar race at Iowa Speedway in Newton, his first victory in five years.

Kanaan made a final run at Andretti, but Andretti hung on for his second career win.

Points leader Dario Franchitti was trading the lead with Andretti before fading following a restart 51 laps from the end and finished fifth.

Kanaan, who crashed three years in a row at Iowa before winning in 2010, then overtook Andretti – but he couldn’t hold him off for long.

Scott Dixon was third, followed by JR Hildebrand.

Will Power, the co-points leader entering the race, hit the wall just 90 laps in. He suffered a minor concussion and will have to be cleared by doctors to race in Toronto in two weeks.

Sprint Cup

Jeff Gordon would prefer not to think about the target that’s on his back.

After last year’s bull-in-a-china-shop performance at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., Gordon would like to concentrate on racing and not on the revenge some of the drivers he angered last year might be contemplating.

“Disaster,” Gordon said Friday when asked about last year’s race. “It was just one of those terrible days where I made a lot of mistakes – no doubt made a lot of people unhappy and been trying to move on ever since. Thanks for bringing it up, though.”

Kurt Busch dubbed Gordon “Bulldozer” after the driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet ran him off the 1.99-mile road course. Martin Truex Jr. was particularly angry after Gordon knocked him for a loop and spoiled a promising run.

Gordon qualified 13th on Friday and will start today’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 on the seventh row – right beside 14th-place qualifier Truex.

Nationwide Series

Justin Allgaier could have coasted to victory under caution – but he ran out of gas, handing a victory to Reed Sorenson in a chaotic finish to the NASCAR Nationwide race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.

Allgaier took the lead from Michael McDowell on the second of three attempts at a green-white-checkered overtime finish. Allgaier held the lead after the final restart and appeared to have the win sealed up when the yellow flag waved for the final time because of another rash of crashes. But Allgaier didn’t have enough fuel to make it to the finish.

Formula One

Sebastian Vettel easily took pole position for the European Grand Prix in Valencia, Spain, with a lap of 1 minute, 36.975 seconds around the street circuit.

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