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Power Scores First Win on Oval in Firestone Twin 275 Race #2

Will Power celebrates in Texas.Will Power, who finished third in the first race of the Firestone Twin 275s at Texas Motor Speedway, drew the third starting position for the second 114-lap race. It certainly was advantageous in a sprint.

Power overtook Tony Kanaan on Lap 39, and after cars cycled through two pit stops (the latter with 10 or so laps left), he was out in front again to stay to score his first IZOD IndyCar Series oval victory. The 25 points (plus two bonus points for leading the most laps) gave Power a 239-218 points advantage over second place Dario Franchitti heading into the Milwaukee 225 on June 19.

Franchitti, who earned 27 points by winning the first race and leading the most laps, drew the 28th starting position for Race 2. He weaved his way to finish seventh but lost five points through the two races under the lights.

Dixon, who started 18th, was 0.9466 of a second behind Power; he was runner-up in both races to move up one spot in the championship standings to third.

Ryan Briscoe finished third and Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves was fourth. Kanaan finished fifth, and Marco Andretti advanced 21 spots to sixth.

It was the first caution-free IZOD IndyCar Series race since the 2009 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway -- when Franchitti clinched the title over his teammate Dixon. It also was the second-fastest race in series history (206.64 mph average).

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