Conway scores his and Dale Coyne’s first pole for Detroit race 2

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Mike Conway has scored his, and the Dale Coyne Racing team’s, first career pole position in the IZOD IndyCar Series with a late flier in qualifying for the second race of the Chevrolet Indy Dual at Detroit.

Conway was in the second group, and began the 12-minute session with Firestone’s black tires before switching to the softer red alternates later on. He got down to a 1:18.0977 on the reds, the fastest lap of the weekend around the 2.346-mile street course, and nearly seven tenths ahead of Will Power in the session.

“We weren’t sure if we wanted to go onto the reds, but we went for it,” said the driver of the No. 18 Sonny’s BBQ Honda. “The approach here is the same as Long Beach. Driving the sports cars helped a little bit. You just run, get laps, and get going.”

James Jakes continued his excellent weekend to this point, bettering his grid position for Saturday’s first race by one. He qualified third on Friday for race one, then led his group in the morning to line up second with a time of 1:18.1704 in the No. 16 Acorn Stairlifts Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda.

“It’s a shame we didn’t get more laps in,” Jakes admitted. “The balance wasn’t great yesterday but we worked overnight to make some changes, and they worked out well.

“I need to find Conway’s hotel since he’s spoiling the party,” he added, jokingly.

Will Power lines up third , with Ryan Hunter-Reay and E.J. Viso set to line up in the top five for race two.

The unofficial grid for tomorrow’s race is below. It will go green at 3:50 p.m. ET on Sunday; check your local listings. The grid for race one, which goes green at 3:50 p.m. ET today, is linked here.

UPDATE (2:15 p.m. ET, Sunday): Tire designations for Dual 2 are now below.

IZOD IndyCar Series – Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans 2
Unofficial Starting Lineup

Row 1
18-Mike Conway (Primary)
16-James Jakes (Primary)

Row 2
12-Will Power (Alternate)
1-Ryan Hunter-Reay (Primary)

Row 3
5-E.J. Viso (Primary)
77-Simon Pagenaud (Alternate)

Row 4
9-Scott Dixon (Primary)
19-Justin Wilson (Primary)

Row 5
3-Helio Castroneves (Primary)
27-James Hinchcliffe (Primary)

Row 6
6-Sebastian Saavedra (Primary)
2-AJ Allmendinger (Primary)

Row 7
4-Ryan Briscoe (Alternate)
25-Marco Andretti (Alternate)

Row 8
15-Graham Rahal (Alternate)
10-Dario Franchitti (Alternative)

Row 9
78-Simona de Silvestro (Alternate)
83-Charlie Kimball (Primary)

Row 10
11-Tony Kanaan (Alternate)
55-Tristan Vautier (Primary)

Row 11
14-Takuma Sato (Alternate)
7-Sebastien Bourdais (Alternate)

Row 12
20-Ed Carpenter (Primary)
67-Josef Newgarden (Alternate)

Row 13
98-Alex Tagliani (Alternate)

Adam Cianciarulo sweeps to second straight Pro Motocross 450 win

Motocross Spring Creek Cianciarulo
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Adam Cianciarulo (450) and Dylan Ferrandis (250) swept both motos of their divisions Saturday in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship event at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota, significantly impacting the points standings.

After scoring his first career victory Sept. 8 at RedBud, Cianciarulo made it two consecutive victories on his Monster Energy Kawasaki. He won the first moto by 1.7 seconds over Blake Baggett and the second moto by 2.7 seconds over Baggett.

“Man, what a dream come true,” Cianciarulo said. “I really wanted to go 1-1 last round at RedBud and had that silly mistake. Today, we got the job done and made it happen. Two consecutive victories in the 450 Class just feels really good. I just want to keep the ball rolling.”

With three rounds remaining, Cianciarulo is ranked second in the standings at a 15-point deficit to Zach Osborne, who won three of the first five rounds.

In the 250 standings, Dylan Ferrandis jumped ahead of Jeremy Martin (who won three consecutive events earlier in the season) by three points (257-254).

Dylan Ferrandis swept both motos for his second win of the season in the 250 class (Align Media).

Ferrandis beat third-ranked RJ Hampshire in the first moto and nipping Martin by 0.4 seconds in the second.

“That was a difficult race in the second moto and the pressure was on,” Ferrandis said. “It was really good for me to have that battle and come out on top in the second moto. The championship is really close and I think that we were able to put on a good show for everyone today. Jeremy [Martin] and I have a good relationship I think and we congratulated each other and talked about the battle after the race.”

NEXT: The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will hold its seventh round Sept. 26 with the Geico Motorcycle WW Ranch National at Jacksonville, Florida.


RESULTS

Thor Spring Creek National (Spring Creek MX Park, Millville, Minnesota)

450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (1-1)
  2. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (2-2)
  3. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (5-4)
  4. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (8-3)
  5. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (6-5)
  6. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (3-10)
  7. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda (7-6)
  8. Joey Savatgy, , Suzuki (9-7)
  9. Max Anstie, United Kingdom, Suzuki (10-8)
  10. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (4-16)

450 Class Championship Standings

  1. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 235
  2. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 220
  3. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 215
  4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 196
  5. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 194
  6. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 190
  7. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 173
  8. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda – 141
  9. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha – 134
  10. Joey Savatgy, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki – 122

250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (1-1)
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (5-2)
  3. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki (4-4)
  4. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (3-6)
  5. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (9-3)
  6. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna (2-11)
  7. Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda (7-5)
  8. Jo Shimoda, Japan, Honda (12-8)
  9. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Kawasaki (11-9)
  10. Derek Drake, San Luis Obispo, Calif., KTM (8-12)

250 Class Championship Standings

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha – 257
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda – 254
  3. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna – 202
  4. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki – 194
  5. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., Yamaha – 186
  6. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 164
  7. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 162
  8. Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki – 140
  9. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Kawasaki – 123
  10. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., KTM – 114
Adam Cianciarulo won the holeshot in both motos at Spring Creek (Align Media).