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Will Power on IndyCar pole at Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif. — Will Power earned the IndyCar pole at Sonoma Raceway for today's grand Prix of Sonoma, putting the overall points leader in prime position for his championship chase.

Power turned a lap in 1 minute, 17.4126 seconds Saturday on the winding course at the base of wine country. He'll start in front when he attempts to win the race for the fourth time in five years.

The Australian broke his own track record with a lap of 1 minute, 17.2393 seconds (111.161 mph) and, with a bonus point, increased his lead to 40 points over Penske Racing teammate Helio Castroneves.

Josef Newgarden lines up second, followed by Scott Dixon and James Hinchcliffe. Castroneves qualified sixth.

No driver starting outside the top five has won the race since IndyCar arrived at the track in 2005.

Formula One: Nico Rosberg earned the pole for today's Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps, holding off a strong challenge from his Mercedes teammate/rival Lewis Hamilton. Rosberg, who leads Hamilton by 11 points, ran a lap of 2:05.591 on a wet track.

Late Friday: Ryan Blaney bolted past Kyle Busch on a restart with six laps left to win the NASCAR Nationwide race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway for his second career victory. Busch led 161 of 300 laps in the Food City 300, but on the final restart Blaney darted to the lead from the inside line.

Will Power on IndyCar pole at Sonoma 08/23/14 [Last modified: Saturday, August 23, 2014 9:45pm]
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