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Nazareth – Dan's delight as Penske throws it away.

They restarted with 30 laps to go and Wheldon again out-accelerated Kanaan, quickly opening a gap, but Franchitti was forced to defend hard from Rice. This time he couldn't drop the Rahal-Letterman car, but Buddy had not quite enough to force a way past. Over the final laps Wheldon simply stroked it home, taking his third win of the year three seconds clear of Kanaan. Mind you Tony wasn't unhappy, extending his points advantage to 72, and now over Wheldon, while Franchitti completed the Andretti-Green podium lock-out ahead of the frustrated Rice.

“Biggest win of my career” grinned team boss Michael Andretti as Wheldon performed doughnuts on the frontstretch. Dan meanwhile praised the team “They got me out fast and helped me win this race – I'm glad I've got the same number of wins as Tony and there's still three races to go.”

First of those races is at Chicagoland in a fortnight, and while Kanaan is very much in control at the head of the points, Wheldon's consistent success ensures that this title race is not quite over yet…




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