Power seeks Milwaukee win repeat, but not a cream puff attack encore

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Perhaps the funniest part of Will Power’s dominant 2014 win at the ABC Supply Co. Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest presented by the Metro Milwaukee Honda Dealers occurred after the race.

Power had to take a quick trip to the Milwaukee Mile infield medical center for of all things, removal of cream puff pastry from his ears. He’d got attacked on both sides from fellow podium finishers Juan Pablo Montoya and Tony Kanaan.

It was able to become a laughing matter moments after he arrived in the media center post-race, after being checked out.

“It really comes down to qualifying at Milwaukee because passing can be difficult there,” Power said about Milwaukee in a race advance. “If we can win another Verizon P1 Pole Award, I’m confident we can keep our Verizon Chevy at the front of the field and contend for another Milwaukee win.

“If we do, hopefully we keep (Juan Pablo) Montoya and (Tony) Kanaan away from the cream puffs (given to the podium finishers). I don’t need them stuffed in my ears again!”

Power led 229 of 250 laps a year ago, but needs a similar big result in 2015 to help his championship defense.

He currently sits 46 points behind Montoya with just five races remaining.

“Milwaukee could not be coming at a better time for the Verizon Chevy team,” he said. “We need a race to really jumpstart the rest of our season and Milwaukee did that for us last year.

“The win there kind of cemented our spot as the championship frontrunner, even though we still had to take care of business the rest of the year.

“When you have a race like we did last year at Milwaukee, it can’t help but give you supreme confidence heading into this year’s event. I had a great feeling about that race at the start of 2014 – it was one that I circled on the calendar – and I feel the same this year.”

Watch Sunday’s Milwaukee IndyFest with same day qualifying coverage at 4 p.m. ET and live race coverage at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.