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Fernandez takes first win.

Adrian Fernandez claimed his first victory in the Indy Racing League with a narrow victory at Kentucky Speedway.

Fernandez won his first race in his 10th start, beating pole sitter Buddy Rice to the finish line by 0.0581 of a second to win the Belterra Casino Indy 300.

Fernandez was among the leader the entire race and took the lead from Rice on Lap 152. The two – with Dan Wheldon and Tony Kanaan in the mix – battled for victory over the final 48 laps, but with Rice unable to find a way past, Fernandez held on for the victory.

The margin of victory was the closest in track history for the IndyCar Series.

Andretti Green Racing's Wheldon finished third, while IndyCar Series rookie Kosuke Matsuura made it a day to remember for the Fernandez Racing team by taking fourth from championship leader Kanaan in fifth.

With Rice three places ahead, he has now closed the gap to Kanaan to 50 points in the standings with five races remaining.

The race had one minor accident when Townsend Bell scraped the second-turn wall and another pit road adventure for Tomas Scheckter's crew.

His clutch slipped, causing the car to roll as he was in the pit box and methanol to spill. They were the only two retirements of the race.


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