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Bourdais wins from CART pole

Rookie Sebastien Bourdais crossed the finish line with one of his tires damaged Saturday to win the Cleveland Grand Prix, held at night for the first time in its 22-year history.

Bourdais, the pole-sitter who has had an inconsistent first season, took the lead from Jimmy Vasser on Lap 83 and won for the third time.

However, while cruising to an apparently easy win with four laps left he made contact with Adrian Fernandez. Bourdais' car sustained damage to the left side and his left rear tire was nearly shredded.

Against a spectacular backdrop on the shores of Lake Erie, the 24-year-old Bourdais had the fastest car and the fastest pit crew.

On his third pit stop, Bourdais' Newman/Haas crew got him back on the track ahead of Paul Tracy, the points leader who led the first 67 laps.

Bruno Junqueira was third, 3.9 seconds behind Bourdais.

Defending champion Patrick Carpentier was fourth.

Tracy and Bourdais ran a two-man race for 67 laps, zipping quickly through the corners and powering down the illuminated runways of the temporary 2.106-mile course at Burke Lakefront Airport.

O'REILLY AUTO PARTS 250: Jon Wood of NASCAR's famed Wood Brothers Racing family started from the back but still earned his first NASCAR Trucks victory at Kansas Speedway.

Wood qualified third on the 1{-mile tri-oval in Kansas City, Kan., but had to start from the rear because he changed engines after qualifying.

"I know I passed every truck at least five times," Wood said.

Wood, who drives the No. 50 Ford for Roush Racing, which is sporting a two-race sponsorship from Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla., is the 21-year-old grandson of Glen Wood, who with his brother Len formed the No. 21 Ford in 1953. It's one of the oldest teams in NASCAR.

The points standings were shaken up as well. Travis Kvapil finished fourth and took over the lead from Brendan Gaughan by six points.

KANSAS INDY 300: Scott Dixon won the pole and Tomas Scheckter was second, giving Chip Ganassi Racing both front-row spots for today's race in Kansas City, Kan. Points leader Tony Kanaan, whose advantage over second-place Dixon has dwindled to 27, will start in the fourth row. Dixon's qualifying lap of 218.08 mph gave him his second straight pole and third of the season.

FRENCH GRAND PRIX: Ralf Schumacher won the pole for today's Formula One race at Magny-Cours, the third time in the past four races he has been on the pole. Juan Pablo Montoya, his Williams-BMW teammate, was second and brother Michael Schumacher of Ferrari was third.