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Dario Franchitti’s 30th major open-wheel victory (CART and IndyCar) moves him to sole possession of ninth all-time.

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Dario Franchitti’s 30th major open-wheel victory (CART and IndyCar) moves him to sole possession of ninth all-time.

TORONTO — Dario Franchitti survived a crash-filled race to win his third title at the Honda Indy Toronto on Sunday.

But not without angering his biggest rival.

The Scot held off Graham Rahal on a late restart then beat teammate Scott Dixon on the 1.75-mile temporary street circuit. Ryan Hunter-Reay was third.

Franchitti, the two-time defending IndyCar series champion, extend his lead in points to 55 over Will Power.

Franchitti got a break when he collided with Power but kept going, knocking the defending race champ out of contention.

Chasing Power into a corner on Lap 57, Franchitti nudged the Australian into a spin that stalled the pole-sitter's car. There was initial confusion about whether Franchitti's car owner, Chip Ganassi, had appealed a drive-through penalty, but race officials later said no penalty had been handed out.

"I'm always racing clean, he's always racing dirty," Power told the Versus network during the race. " … He never gets a penalty from IndyCar. Just not right."

Franchitti, also interviewed on Versus, countered that Power didn't leave enough room but apologized and conceded that, "I'll take more than 50 percent of the blame on that one."

Power was eliminated after getting banged into the wall from behind by Alex Tagliani and finished 24th. There were eight caution flags in all, for 32 of 85 laps.

Traffic snarl plagues Kentucky Cup debut

SPARTA, Ky. — Officials at Kentucky Speedway pledged to address traffic issues outside the track before the circuit comes back next summer, coming off a Sprint Cup debut in which many fans never made it into the track because so many cars were backed up. The buzz on social media sites was overwhelmingly negative, with fans posting pictures of long backups.

In a statement Sunday, general manager Mark Simendinger said the track "regrets" the traffic conditions and is working on a way to make amends with fans who never made it through the gates.

"We're committed to working with NASCAR, state and local officials and traffic experts to assure that this never happens again," Simendinger said.

FORMULA ONE: Fernando Alonso captured Ferrari's first victory this season, taking the British Grand Prix ahead of world champion Sebastian Vettel in Silverstone, England. Alonso won by 16.511 seconds, followed by Vettel and Mark Webber, who was ordered by Red Bull to maintain third place and halt his pursuit of Vettel. Webber, who is second in points but trails his teammate 204-124, said he was "not fine" with the situation.

NHRA: Mike Neff earned the Funny Car victory at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Chicago. His run of 3.978 seconds at 299.40 mph defeated Jeff Arend (4.055, 294.50). Del Worsham (Top Fuel), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and LE Tonglet (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won their classes.

Sprint Cup points

Through 18 of 36 races. The top 10 drivers plus two wild cards (based on wins) through 26 races make the Chase for the Championship.

Driver PointsBack

Kyle Busch 624—

Carl Edwards 620 4

Kevin Harvick 614 10

Kurt Busch 606 18

Jimmie Johnson 605 19

Matt Kenseth 602 22

Jeff Gordon 552 72

Dale Earnhardt Jr. 548 76

Ryan Newman 538 86

Denny Hamlin 530 94

Note: Points unofficial; NASCAR posts official points today

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