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Briscoe Wins Third Straight Pole at Chicagoland

Ryan Briscoe earned his third consecutive pole position at Chicagoland Speedway winning the pole for the PEAK Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy 300 under the lights on Aug. 28.

Briscoe, who notched his third pole start of the season (all on 1.5-mile tracks), won the PEAK Performance Pole Award with a two-lap average of 216.346 mph (50.5857 seconds) for the 200-lap event. Dario Franchitti recorded his 10th consecutive top-five start with an average of 215.593 mph to claim the outside front row starting spot in the No. 10 Breathe Right car.

Will Power, entering the race with a 59-point cushion over Franchitti, recorded an average of 215.521 mph and will join Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves (215.475) on the second row. Marco Andretti will start fifth (215.321 mph) in the No. 26 Team Venom Energy entry for Andretti Autosport.

Danica Patrick (214.750) was the highest qualifier of the record-tying five females in the field (12th in the No. 7 GoDaddy.com car for Andretti Autosport). The 29-car field is separated by one second.

Graham Rahal starts a season-high sixth in the No. 02 Quick Trim car (215.314) for Newman/Haas Racing. Dan Wheldon recovered from the incident at Infineon Raceway earlier in the week for a season-best seventh starting position (215.099). He'll join him Hideki Mutoh, driver of the No. 06 Formula Dream/Panasonic car for Newman/Haas Racing (215.055) on Row 4.

Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay (214.979) and Takuma Sato (214.945) of KV Racing Technology will be on the fifth row. Ed Carpenter, competing in his second race for Panther Racing/Vision Racing, will start 11th (214.831).

Also on Aug. 27, Charlie Kimball, driving the No. 26 Levemir FlexPen car for AFS Racing Andretti Autosport, topped the initial practice session for the 67-lap Chicagoland Speedway race on the 1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway oval with a lap of 191.323 mph (28.6008 seconds). Teammate Martin Plowman in the No. 27 Automatic Fire Sprinklers/KEP Printing car was second (190.153; 28.7768).

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