Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Newgarden wins again in Alabama

- By The Associated Press

Josef Newgarden kept Team Penske on top at Barber Motorsport­s Park with his second Birmingham, Ala., win in three years, with help from a teammate’s misfortune.

The new Penske driver didn’t allow Scott Dixon an opening over the final stretch to give Chevrolet its first win of the season Sunday in the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.

Newgarden was overshadow­ed by his own teammates coming into the race that’s only three hours from his hometown of Hendersonv­ille, Tenn.

Pole-sitter Will Power, Helio Castroneve­s and defending champion Simon Pagenaud were the top three qualifiers after small Honda teams won the first two races. Pagenaud finished third and Castroneve­s fourth. Newgarden moved to the front for the first time when Power was forced to pit with a punctured left rear tire with 14 laps to go.

Zach Veach finished 19th for Ed Carpenter Racing in his IndyCar debut, subbing for injured JR Hildebrand.


Leah Pritchett powered her dragster to her fourth career Top Fuel victory at the SpringNati­onals in Baytown, Texas. Ron Capps (Funny Car) and Bo Butner (Pro Stock) also claimed victories.

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