Dan Wheldon became the seventh different winner in seven IRL IndyCar Series races at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway with perhaps the most dominant performance in the history of the track.

Although the record books will show that Wheldon won the Kansas Lottery Indy 300 behind the pace car, they won't show that prior to Scott Sharp's turn four crash on lap 198 the Englishman was leading the race by ore than eleven seconds in his Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara-Honda.

From the outside of the second row on the grid it took the 2005 IRL Champion less than ten laps to pass polesitter Tony Kanaan and although Kanaan and Wheldon's teammate Scott Dixon briefly posed a threat to the Homestead winner, problems for both would leave Wheldon in a class of his own for the closing stages.

Kanaan, who managed to keep the gap between him and the leader to less than three seconds as all bar the top six or seven runners were put a lap down inside the opening 60 laps, suffered a broken half shaft during his first pitstop and lost several laps. Dixon meanwhile saw at least a second place finish go to waste when he didn't commit to pit road for his final stop early enough and incurred a drive through penalty with just 30 laps remaining.

With just two caution periods prior to Sharp's late accident the race was run at a cracking pace and after Ed Carpenter's lap 101 crash in turn four there were no further interruptions until the premature conclusion. Once Dixon had served his penalty this left Wheldon with a commanding lead over second place driver Dario Franchitti.

Despite being nearly 12 seconds behind Wheldon, Franchitti was comfortably clear of third place man Helio Castroneves in his AGR Dallara and a second straight podium went a great way towards putting the Scottish veteran into the thick of the title picture.

Castroneves was probably unhappier with third place than with any other podium finish in his career after he and his Marlboro Team Penske teammate Sam Hornish Jr were comprehensively blown out of the water by Ganassi and to a lesser extent Andretti-Green. Had the final two laps been run under green flag conditions Castroneves may even have found himself being lapped by Wheldon while Hornish Jr was lucky to finish just one lap down in sixth place.

A fired-up Dixon was the only other driver to complete all 200 laps after he passed Tomas Scheckter just before the final caution with Scheckter narrowly failing to hold off the leader as he dropped a lap off the pace in the final moments. However Scheckter's performance for Vision Racing, coupled with Carpenter's good run until his crash, stands as the best non Ganassi/Penske/AGR performance of the day.

Danica Patrick finished two laps down in seventh after a pit road miscue potentially cost her a top five finish with Vitor Meira, AJ Foyt IV and Jeff Simmons completing the top ten. Darren Manning was eleventh for AJ Foyt Racing with Sarah Fisher 12th, series debutant Milka Duno a very respectable 14th after a sensible run and a delayed Kanaan 15th.

Thanks to his second win of the year Wheldon increases his championship lead to 27 points over Dixon with Castroneves third, Franchitti fourth and Kanaan fifth as the series now prepares for its biggest race of the year; the Indianapolis 500.


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