Andretti on the pole at Indy
Marco Andretti won the pole for the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday in a lightning-fast first step toward snapping the infamous “Andretti Curse” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
That curse has haunted three generations of racers since 1969, when Mario Andretti won his only Indy 500. Now his grandson has cleared the first hurdle toward an elusive win.
Mario was 1-for-29 in the race with just three poles, his last in 1987. His son, Michael, never won a pole, and his best finish in 16 tries was second in 1991. Jeff Andretti went 0-for-3, John Andretti 0-for-12 and Marco is 0-for-14.
The last of nine drivers to make a qualifying run, Marco logged a four-lap average of 231.068 mph to bump five-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon from the pole.
† Chase Elliott finished first in the NASCAR Cup Series’ first road course race at Daytona International Speedway in Florida, holding off hard-charging Denny Hamlin after a late restart.
† Lewis Hamilton beat Max Verstappen by 24 seconds in the Spanish Grand Prix at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya to extend his Formula One championship lead.
STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS Overtime victories for Stars, Islanders
The Stars scored 16:05 into overtime after Joe Pavelski forced the extra period by completing a hat trick in the final seconds of regulation to beat the Flames 5-4 and even their Western Conference series at 2.
† Mathew Barzal scored 4:28 into overtime, lifting the Islanders to a 2-1 victory over the Capitals in their Eastern Conference series and moving them one victory away from a sweep.
MISCELLANEOUS Herman’s victory puts him in playoffs
Jim Herman rallied to win the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina, and a spot in the FedEx Cup playoffs, shooting a 7-under 63 for a one-stroke victory.
† Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields created a petition to immediately reinstate the fall football season.
† With an 8-5 victory, the Indians beat the host Tigers for the 20th consecutive time.