New­gar­den tops Sonoma runs

San Francisco Chronicle - - SCOREBOARD -

Josef New­gar­den led a Team Penske pa­rade at Sonoma Race­way in qual­i­fy­ing for the IndyCar sea­son finale with a blis­ter­ing run that put him in con­trol of the cham­pi­onship race.

New­gar­den three times broke the track record, in­clud­ing on his fi­nal qual­i­fy­ing run Satur­day. He pow­ered his Penske Chevro­let through the 12 turns at 1 minute, 15.5205 sec­onds.

It is the se­cond pole of New­gar­den’s ca­reer, and its bonus gives him a four-point lead over Scott Dixon head­ing into Sun­day’s sea­son finale.

Penske’s Will Power, Si­mon Pa­ge­naud and He­lio Cas­tron­eves qual­i­fied se­cond, third and fourth. Dixon was sixth.

Justin All­gaier pulled away off the fi­nal restart and won the NASCAR Xfin­ity Se­ries race at Chicagoland Speed­way in Joliet, Ill.

All­gaier, from nearby River­ton, won for the se­cond time this sea­son in NASCAR’s se­cond-tier se­ries.

JR Mo­tor­sports had a ban­ner day with All­gaier’s win and the of­fi­cial corona­tion of El­liott Sadler’s reg­u­lar-sea­son cham­pi­onship. Wil­liam By­ron and Michael An­nett give the team four driv­ers in the Xfin­ity Se­ries play­offs.

Se­bas­tian Vet­tel showed his mas­tery of the Ma­rina Bay cir­cuit to take pole po­si­tion for the Sin­ga­pore Grand Prix, while cham­pi­onship ri­val Lewis Hamil­ton strug­gled and fin­ished fifth. Max Ver­stap­pen qual­i­fied in se­cond place ahead of Red Bull team­mate Daniel Ricciardo.

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