After the pit road commotion at Sonoma, Scott Dixon still sent a congratulatory text to winner Will Power.
Yes, Dixon’s penalty wiped out his shot at a victory, but he was at least going to be a good sport.
“I respect Will. He’s a fantastic driver,” Dixon said. “We’re going to be competing, hopefully, together for a lot of years.”
That competition, for now, means they can’t seem to get away from each other on the track.
Power spun Dixon in Saturday’s practice in Baltimore. But Dixon got the final payback when he swiped the pole from Power on the last lap of qualifying to take the top spot for the Grand Prix of Baltimore.
Dixon’s second pole of the season won’t erase Sonoma — but it puts him in prime position to win his fourth race of the season and slice into Helio Castroneves’ points lead.
Power starts on the front row for the sixth time this season.
NASCAR Nationwide Series
Kevin Harvick raced to his first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory of the year, holding off Kyle Busch on the final lap at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga.
Harvick pulled ahead of Busch on the 60th lap and led 132 of the 195 laps. Busch had won six of the previous Nationwide events this year in which he also won the pole.
Sam Hornish Jr. was third, followed by Kasey Kahne, rookie Kyle Larson, Joey Lagano, Trevor Bayne, Austin Dillon, Regan Smith and Brian Scott.
NASCAR Truck Series
James Buescher took the pole for the NASCAR Truck Series race today, turning a lap at 109.189 mph on Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’s 2.459-mile road course in Bowmanville, Ontario. Ryan Blaney qualified second at 109.166. Mike Skeen was third, followed by Chase Elliott, Miguel Paludo, Ty Dillon, Max Papis, Chad Hackenbracht, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Brendan Gaughan.
Funny Car points leader Matt Hagan shattered both ends of the track record in qualifying in the U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. Hagan powered his 8,000-horsepower dragster to a 4.007-second run at 319.22 mph in considerably cooler conditions. Brittany Force stayed atop the Top Fuel field.