WEST ALLIS, Wis. — When Ryan Hunter-Reay picked up his first win of the season in Alabama, he regretted that his wife and newborn son weren't on hand for Victory Lane photographs. He made up for it at Saturday's Milwaukee IndyFest with an early Father's Day celebration.
Hunter-Reay continued Andretti Autosport's domination of the Milwaukee Mile, winning the event for the second year in a row and third time in his career. He became the first driver to win back-to-back races at the Mile since Tony Kanaan in 2006 and 2007 when he was driving for Michael Andretti, himself a five-time winner at Milwaukee.
"At (Alabama), that was one of the races that Beccy and our son (Ryden) didn't come to, and I felt bad because we didn't have the pictures of him in Victory Lane, so this is even better," Hunter-Reay said.
Andretti drivers have won five of the past nine races at the oval and nearly had a perfect day. E.J. Viso finished fourth, and James Hinchcliffe was fifth. The only blemish was pole-sitter Marco Andretti, who led 62 laps before his day fell apart with an electrical issue.
Season points leader Helio Castroneves was second and followed by Penske Racing teammate Will Power, who backed off an attempt to pass Castroneves in the closing laps. Power said he had to consider the big picture and that his teammate is the current IndyCar points leader.
Smith extends Nationwide advantage
BROOKLYN, Mich. — Regan Smith won the Alliance Truck Parts 250 Nationwide race at Michigan International Speedway, beating the rain and holding off Kyle Larson in the final 10 laps to extend his season points lead over Sam Hornish.
Parker Kligerman gambled the approaching rain would end the race before the full 125 laps, but he had to pit for gas with 13 to go.
"I felt confident even though (Larson) was drafting up to me," Smith told nascar.com. "It seemed like once we got the car out front it really came to life."
It was Smith's second win of the year, and he moved from 23 points to 58 ahead of Hornish.
Smith promised a portion of his $45,440 winnings to the trust fund created for the 5-year-old son of Jason Leffler, the former Nationwide driver who died Wednesday in a dirt track crash.
NHRA: Pro Stock points leader Mike Edwards topped qualifying (6.632 seconds, 208.23 mph) as he bids for a fifth straight Thunder Valley Nationals victory at Bristol (Tenn.) Dragway. Spencer Massey (Top Fuel), and Del Worsham (Funny Car) topped their respective categories.