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Will Power wins IndyCar race at Toronto

compiled from staff, wire and IRL news

Will Power is becoming a star driver on the IndyCar circuit.

Sunday in Toronto, he played the aggressor when needed and the play-it-safe game to win the wreck-filled Honda Indy Toronto race.

Will Power wins fourth race (courtesy of IRL)

The IndyCar points leader drove patiently early and passed up Justin Wilson on the outside off a restart with 14 laps to go, then held off a hard-charging Dario Franchitti for his second straight victory and fourth of the 2010 season.

Power finished 1.2757 seconds ahead of Franchitti, the winner of the 2009 race in Toronto.

The rest of the finishers included: Ryan Hunter-Reay third, Tony Kanaan was fourth, Graham Rahal finished fifth and the Danica Patrick finished sixth.

Patrick was pleased finishing sixth. She is making progress as this was her best result on the road courses this year.

Kevin Harvick wins Trucks race in Illinois

compiled from staff and wire reports

Kevin Harvick won a wire-to-wire race in the Camping World 200  in Madison, Illinois Saturday.

Harvick won for the third time in four NASCAR trucks races this season, leading for 143 of the 160 laps at the 1.25-mile Gateway International Raceway, which is in the Greater St. Louis area.

Kevin Harvick (NASCAR)

Harvick earned the first trucks pole position of his career in qualifying Friday, then ran the field off the track with an average speed of 101.983 mph. Johnny Sauter finished third and Aric Almirola, who led for 16 laps, finished eighth.

Todd Bodine, the series points leader, was fourth on a hot, muggy day where temperatures were hoving between 95 and 97.

Carl Edwards wins Nationwide race in Illinois

compiled from staff and wire reports

Carl Edwards won in a wild final lap, beating Brad Keselowski out of control on the final straightaway to earned the Nationwide Dodge Dealers 250 on Saturday night in Madison, Illinois.

Madison, Illinois is a part of the Greater St. Louis area.

Carl Edwards (NASCAR)

Keselowski was on the inside and Edwards’ car drifted into his car and Keselowski spun into the wall and collided head-on into another car.

A native of Columbia, Missouri, just 2 hours west of St. Louis, Edwards won for the third time at Gateway International Raceway, which he has always considered his home track.

Reed Sorensen was second and pole-sitter Trevor Bayne was third.

NHRA’s Matt Hagan to Throw Out First Pitch at San Francisco Giants Game

Info courtesy of Infineon Raceway;  www.infineonraceway.com; Judy Stropus, Public Relations contact for Matt Hagan

Photo Credits www.AutoImagery.com

Matt Hagan takes off in his Funny Car (AutoImagery.com photo credit)

Matt Hagan will do more than just race the DieHard Dodge Charger Funny Car in the Bay Area this week.

The 27-year-old Hagan will throw out the first pitch on Thursday night, July 15 at AT&T Park prior to the game between the San Francisco Giants and the New York Mets. This will mark the first time Hagan has thrown out the first pitch at a Major League Baseball game.

Matt Hagan NHRA (AutoImagery.com photo credit)

Says Hagan, “I’m actually really excited because I’ve never done anything like this before. But I’m a little nervous. I don’t want to bounce the ball on the ground. I’ve been practicing just playing catch with my dad (David) and my wife (Rachel).”

He continues, “I think it’s awesome to be able to have the privilege to do this. I’m looking forward to watching the game and having some fun.”

Hagan enters this weekend’s FRAM Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway in third place in the Funny Car point standings. He has two victories for his career in Houston and Chicago, both coming in 2010. He also holds the elapsed-time track record at Infineon Raceway of 4.068 seconds and the top-speed record of 307.51 mph, both set last year in his rookie season. He was also the No. 1 qualifier at Infineon in 2009.

Matt Hagan in the winners circle twice in 2010 (AutoImagery.com photo credit)

Infineon Raceway is in Sonoma, California. The FRAM Autolite NHRA Nationals runs July 16-July 19. For information call 800-870-RACE.

Austin Dillon wins NASCAR Trucks race in Newton, Iowa

compiled from staff, wire and NASCAR news

Austin Dillion drove the number 3 Chevrolet Truck to victory in Iowa over the weekend.

Rookie Austin Dillon held off Johnny Sauter in a green-white checkered finish and picked up his first career win at Sunday’s NASCAR Trucks Series race in Iowa.

Austin Dillion NASCAR Trucks (nascar)

The 20-year-old Dillon won from the pole, becoming the second-youngest driver to win a truck series race behind Kyle Busch.

It was the first time the black number 3 won in any series since the Dale Earnhardt’s death in 2001.

The grandson of longtime NASCAR owner Richard Childress kept him truck clean and clear of all accidents.

The top four in the points standings, Todd Bodine, Aric Almirola, Timothy Peters and Ron Hornaday, Jr. all experienced issues and accidents which halted their bids to try and catch Dillon.

Johnny Sauter finished second followed by Matt Crafton, Ken Schrader and James Buescher.

Dillon is the first rookie to win the pole for three straight races.

Dillon led for 187 straight laps and was cruising to victory when a caution forced a late restart. But he held off Sauter for the win.

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