Thursday, January 18, 2018
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Will Power hangs on for IndyCar win at Road America

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. — Healthy again after an early-season illness, Will Power feels much better about his chances of contending for another IndyCar championship.

After starting from the pole, Power led all but four laps and held off Tony Kanaan's last-lap surge to take Sunday's Kohler Grand Prix by 0.74 seconds at Road America.

It was Power's second victory this year, both coming in June.

The 2014 series champion said he dealt with food allergies in the offseason, then he missed the opener at St. Petersburg in March after being diagnosed with an inner ear infection.

"I got my normal engine back, and perform like I normally do, and that's the difference," Power said of his health.

Power moved up to third in the standings with 294 points, behind Team Penske teammates Simon Pagenaud (375) and Helio Castroneves (301).

Power held off Kanaan by 0.7429 seconds in IndyCar's first race at the rural Wisconsin road course since 2007.

"If you ask any driver about this road course, it's one of their favorites by far, and the fans, too," Kanaan said.

NHRA: Ron Capps took the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, his fourth Funny Car win of 2016. He beat Courtney Force in the final with a run of 3.956 seconds at 317.49 mph. Shawn Langdon won in Top Fuel, Jason Line in Pro Stock, and Eddie Krawiec in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Trucks tussle: John Wes Townley and Spencer Gallagher grappled with wrestling-style takedowns and exchanged punches in a midtrack tussle after they wrecked, bringing out a red flag, in Saturday's Drivin' for Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill. NASCAR did not announce punishments Sunday from the incident, which came with seven laps left in a rain-delayed race which Christopher Bell won.

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