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Dixon wins wild IndyCar race; Franchitti wins appeal for third

Dario Franchitti has third place stripped, then restored.

Dario Franchitti has third place stripped, then restored.

TORONTO — Long after Scott Dixon raised the winner's trophy for the second week in a row Saturday, controversy and comedy hung over the first of two races through the streets of Toronto.

Dixon's win at Exhibition Place was his 31st, tying for seventh all-time in major North American open-wheel series with teammate Dario Franchitti, Sebastien Bourdais and Paul Tracy.

Bourdais, a St. Petersburg resident, was second for his first podium since the 2007 Champ Car season. But he didn't get much of a celebration: His trophy slipped off the pedestal and smashed into thousands of pieces.

"That's okay, I've got plenty of trophies," Bourdais said. "It's not what makes your day."

Then the party turned serious: IndyCar stripped Franchitti of his third-place finish for blocking Will Power on the final restart. Franchitti's Chip Ganassi Racing team appealed, and almost two hours after the race, Franchitti's finish was restored.

"Of all the stuff that went on, all day, anybody I raced against would protect the inside and the person trying to pass people would be on the outside," Franchitti said.

The drama started early, when Josef Newgarden's car stalled and the drivers couldn't line up properly for a scheduled standing start. IndyCar decided to use a rolling start, but announced it will try again today to have the series' first standing start.

Ryan Briscoe broke his right wrist in an accident; AP reported that Carlos Munoz would replace him today for Panther Racing.

Nationwide: Kyle Busch dominated, then proved he had the car to beat in three green-white-checkered restart attempts to win the CNBC Prime 200.

Busch needed to drive 213 laps of a scheduled 200-lap race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon for his seventh victory this season in NASCAR's second-tier series. He extended his record with his 58th career series win.

"We didn't want to have those late restarts," Busch said. "We felt like we had just enough fuel to make it to the end."

Brian Vickers ran out of gas just as he crossed the finish line but still finished second. Busch pitted for the final time two laps after Vickers, on Lap 119. Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Busch (141), Vickers (63) and Matt Kenseth (nine) led every lap.

Trucks: Timothy Peters pulled away on a restart with six laps to go and held off a charging Erik Jones to win the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway in Newton. Chase Elliott, the 17-year-old son of former Sprint Cup champion Bill Elliott, was fifth; he has been sixth or better in all four of his series races.

Dixon wins wild IndyCar race; Franchitti wins appeal for third 07/13/13 [Last modified: Saturday, July 13, 2013 11:58pm]
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