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Friday, April 19, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Auto notes: Scott Dixon blazes at IndyCar race in Fort Worth


Scott Dixon had a dominating run at Texas, winning by 7.8 seconds over teammate Tony Kanaan on Saturday night in the fastest IndyCar Series race at the track in Fort Worth.

Dixon led 97 of the 248 laps in a race that had only two cautions. His average speed was 191.940 mph.

After anxiety about how the cars would handle on the high-speed, high-banked Texas track with the new aero kits, especially after three Chevrolets went airborne during practice for the Indianapolis 500, there were no accidents.

Driving the No. 9 Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing, Dixon got his 37th career win. The New Zealander also won in 2008 at Texas, which has hosted 27 IndyCar races.

Team Penske drivers Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya finished third and fourth, respectively. Fifth-place Marco Andretti was the highest-finishing Honda.

Sprint Cup

Images of Richard Petty in his feathered Stetson hat and dark glasses stamp Pocono Raceway’s victory lane tower, a tribute to one of racing’s greats and the first winner at the track.

Oh yes, it’s always good to be The King. But at Pocono, it’s even better to drive for Rick Hendrick.

Petty has the celebratory circle named for him, though more drivers for Hendrick Motorsports have partied, taken selfies and bathed in confetti than any other team. Hendrick is on a hot streak, winning the last five races at Pocono.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. swept both races last season, Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne won in 2013 and Jeff Gordon won the August 2012 race.

Gordon owns the track record for wins with six and Hendrick drivers have 17 overall.

So who can knock off the Hendrick drivers in today’s race?

Kurt Busch starts from the pole for Stewart-Haas Racing, Carl Edwards is on the front row for Joe Gibbs Racing and Martin Truex Jr., one of the hottest drivers in the sport, is third for Furniture Row Racing.

Formula One

Lewis Hamilton earned the pole for the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.

Hamilton posted the fastest qualifying lap of 1 minute, 14.393 seconds over the 2.71-mile (4.361-km) course on Montreal’s Ile Notre-Dame. Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg was second in qualifying, about one-third of a second behind. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was third.

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