Carpenter wins IndyCar race at Texas

 

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Fort Worth, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Ed Carpenter held off Team Penske drivers Will Power and Juan Pablo Montoya after a restart with just two laps remaining to win Saturday night's Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Power, the pole sitter, dominated most of this race by leading 145 of 248 laps, but Carpenter, who started fifth, grabbed the top position from Power on lap 182.

During a late-race round of pit stops under green, Carpenter and Power pitted from 1-2 on the same lap, but Power received a pit lane speeding penalty, which put him nearly one lap behind in sixth after serving his drive-through.

Carpenter held a 12-second lead over second-place runner Montoya with seven laps left when Takuma Sato blew his engine and dropped fluid on the track, forcing the third caution. During the caution, Power pitted for four tires and returned to the field in sixth.

Power then charged to the front following the restart and took second away from Montoya during the final lap. But Power came up 0.5247 seconds short of the victory.

Carpenter, who is competing at the oval tracks and not the road/street courses this season, claimed his third career IndyCar win. His maiden victory in the series came in 2011 at Kentucky and second win the following year in Fontana, California.

Two weeks ago, Carpenter started on the pole for the Indianapolis 500 but was involved in an accident with James Hinchcliffe following a restart with 25 laps remaining. He had led 26 laps and was in contention to win prior to his incident.

Power increased his lead in the championship point standings to 43 over teammate Helio Castroneves, who finished 10th. Castroneves won last year's race at Texas. He also scored the victory in race 2 in the weekend doubleheader at Detroit's Belle Isle Park this past Sunday.

Montoya ended up finishing a season-best third, while Simon Pagenaud took the fourth spot. Scott Dixon, the defending IndyCar champion, was fifth.

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