Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Scott Dixon wins in Phoenix, ties for fourth in career IndyCar victories

AVONDALE, Ariz. — Scott Dixon earned his 39th career IndyCar victory, tying Al Unser Sr. for fourth on the all-time list, by capturing Saturday's Phoenix Grand Prix on the 1-mile oval at Phoenix International Raceway.

Dixon, the four-time and defending series champion, won under caution, which came out with two of 250 laps remaining. Up next on the all-time victory list (for combined AAA/USAC/CART/IndyCar history) is Michael Andretti, who is third with 42 wins.

Simon Pagenaud finished second for the second consecutive race (he was also runnerup in St. Petersburg), and Penske Racing teammate Will Power was third.

Busch breaks through: Kyle Busch could have been a sitting duck, like he has been before at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

Instead, the luck went Busch's way as he held off John Hunter Nemechek in a two-lap overtime restart and won the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 trucks race for his first victory in 31 career starts on the 0.526-mile oval across NASCAR's top three series.

Busch earned his 45th truck victory and became the third different winner in as many series races this year.

"This is just a day that we've been looking for, for a long, long time," Busch said.

Formula One: The new qualifying format will be reviewed again today, and series motor sport chief Jean Todt says he's optimistic about getting the unanimous agreement needed for changes. Under the new system, first used in the opener in Australia and again Saturday for today's Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir, the slowest driver is eliminated on a rolling basis. Saturday, reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton snatched the pole from Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by 0.073 seconds.

NHRA: Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Jack Beckman (Funny Car) and Jason Line (Pro Stock) retained their No. 1 spots from Friday in qualifying for today's Denso Spark Plugs Nationals in Las Vegas. Greg Anderson won the K&N Horsepower Challenge, a separate eight-car event for Pro Stock cars.

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