Power masters Milwaukee both on pace, fuel saving for crucial win (VIDEO)

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WEST ALLIS, Wis. – Will Power used a mix of domination and fuel saving in equal measures to score his third win of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season, and his first at Milwaukee.

The polesitter led 229 laps, but still had to run more than 60 laps in his final fuel stint to bring his No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet to the checkered flag in the ABC Supply Co. Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest Presented by the Metro Milwaukee Honda Dealers.

As Power was able to hang on on fuel for the final 62 laps, all under green, he also withstood the advances of Team Penske teammate Juan Pablo Montoya and Montoya’s old CART sparring partner Tony Kanaan, who each gave Power fits throughout the 250-lap race.

Montoya was second with Kanaan third. Scott Dixon was fourth with Josef Newgarden fifth; Ryan Briscoe was sixth.

While Power was able to make his fuel, Newgarden came up snake eyes on a strategic gamble of his own from the Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing crew. Newgarden ran third most of the final stint but needed to pit on Lap 236. He finished fifth after running faster in the final 10 laps and gaining five more positions.

With Simon Pagenaud seventh, Helio Castroneves 11th and Ryan Hunter-Reay failing to finish, this was a big points day for Power.

Valtteri Bottas takes pole position for season-opening Austrian GP

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SPIELBERG, Austria — Valtteri Bottas upstaged Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to take pole position Saturday for the Formula One Austrian GP.

The Finnish driver edged out the world champion by 0.012 seconds to claim the top spot for the season opener at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. He clenched his fist as he climbed out of his car and shared a hug with Hamilton.

“It’s something special when you push the car to the limit,” said Bottas, who is chasing an eighth career win. “Feels so good. It’s very impressive (from the team).”

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was third, and Lando Norris gave McLaren a boost by finishing fourth. Verstappen has won the past two years here, including 2019 when he started third behind Hamilton and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.

“It’s going to be interesting quite a bit warmer tomorrow and hopefully this will play to our advantage,” Verstappen said. “Today, Mercedes was on a different level, unfortunately. Last year we were also a little bit off in qualifying so I expect we will be a bit better in the race.”

Bottas had the leading time when drivers embarked on their final laps and beat his own mark before sliding off the track into the gravel.

Hamilton was chasing a record-extending 89th career pole. He was ahead but then dropped off slightly as Bottas secured a 12th career pole.

“Great job by Valtteri. It’s a great start to the season,” Hamilton said. “We show year on year that we continue to be the best team. We’re open-minded … constantly learning from each other and pushing the boundaries.”

Ferrari struggled for speed, with Leclerc nearly one second behind in seventh and Sebastian Vettel failing to make it into the third and final part of qualifying, known as Q3. He starts the race from 11th on the grid.

Vettel is leaving Ferrari at the end of the season with his future in F1 uncertain.

Earlier, Hamilton posted the fastest time in morning practice. The 35-year-old British driver was also quickest in both sessions on Friday.

Midway through third practice, F1 newcomer Nicholas Latifi misjudged the exit of a turn and spun his Williams car into a protective tire wall.