What to watch for: ABC Supply 500 at Pocono (2 pm ET on NBCSN and Live Extra)


Today’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN, NBC Sports Live Extra) sees the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season enter twilight as the countdown to the season finale at Sonoma next weekend continues.

The penultimate race of the year on Sunday will set the stage for the championship showdown, whittling the number of drivers bidding to follow in Will Power’s footsteps down from its current tally of ten down further.

The Sonoma finale may be worth double points, thus reducing the importance of this weekend’s race, but as the momentum continues to swing between the championship contenders, the pressure will be on the men leading the way.

Juan Pablo Montoya arrived in Pennsylvania with his advantage over Graham Rahal standing at just nine points following a recent dip in form.

The Colombian did his hopes of ending the rut few favors in qualifying on Saturday, finishing down in 19th place. Rahal, meanwhile, qualified fifth, six places ahead of Scott Dixon, currently third in the championship.

As the title fighters failed to seize the initiative at the front, it was Helio Castroneves who stormed to his fourth Verizon P1 Award of the 2015 season on Saturday at Pocono, heading up a Penske 1-2-3 as Simon Pagenaud and Will Power followed him at the top of the timesheets.

However, with 500 miles of racing coming up today, there is still everything to play for. Here are a few things to watch for in today’s ABC Supply 500.


If any silver lining can be taken from Montoya’s 19th-place finish in qualifying on Saturday, it is that his teammates locked out the top three positions, thus creating the opportunity for Castroneves, Pagenaud and Power to get tactical.

If Penske can get some clever team movements working at the head of the field, and if Montoya can rediscover his pre-Iowa form, the Colombian may be able to make up for his qualifying misery.


That said, Montoya’s own championship aspirations are unlikely to come before those of the team. Despite taking seven pole positions in the nine races since the Indianapolis 500 in May, Penske has not won a race in that period. If there was ever a weekend for the team to get back in the groove, this is it.

Helio Castroneves is also in dear need of a win, given that he is yet to visit victory lane thus far in 2015. Will Power knows that his crown is slipping away, but a perfect finish to the year could give him a glimmer of hope. Pagenaud’s tough first year with Penske could yet be given some joy with a win at Pocono, meaning all three have more than the team game to play for this weekend.


The stand-out moment of qualifying on Saturday was Charlie Kimball’s terrifying crash at turn three, which despite damaging much of his Ganassi car and the catch fencing left the American driver with nothing more than a cut to his chin.

Kimball was unable to get out for practice later in the day, meaning that he will line up 23rd for the start of today’s race with limited track time. That said, after topping the first practice session of the weekend with some very impressive times, be sure to keep an eye on him fighting from the back.


With Montoya starting so far back, a golden opportunity has been handed to championship contenders Graham Rahal and Scott Dixon this weekend. Even though neither could make it into the top four on Saturday, both have won at ovals this year (Rahal in Fontana, Dixon in Texas), and should take heed from their performances there.

For as Dixon proved in Texas that qualifying and the race can be two different stories. He and Ganassi teammate Tony Kanaan could only qualify sixth and seventh at Texas Motor Speedway, yet both were untouchable in the race on the Sunday. Pocono could be where the championship swings into Dixon’s favor, or where Kanaan claims that elusive first win in 2015.


As with any good drama, there are always villains and spoilers that look to ruin the fun of the main cast (or in our case, the title fighters). Josef Newgarden continued his good run in 2015 to qualify fourth on Saturday, whilst the Andretti trio of Carlos Munoz, Justin Wilson and Ryan Hunter-Reay could be a force to be reckoned with starting sixth to eighth.

Elsewhere, keep an eye out for Takuma Sato (starting P9), Sebastien Bourdais (P10) and even the likes of Ryan Briscoe and Marco Andretti fighting from the back of the pack.

You can watch the ABC Supply 500 from Pocono Raceway live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 2 pm ET on Sunday.

Kyle Larson wins third consecutive High Limit Sprint race at Eagle Raceway, Rico Abreu second again

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It took four attempts for Kyle Larson to win his first High Limit Sprint Car Series race in the series he co-owns with brother-in-law Brad Sweet, but once he found victory lane, he has been undefeated with his win at Eagle (Nebraska) Raceway. For the second week, Abreu led early only to fall prey to Larson.

The win was Larson’s third straight victory and the fifth consecutive top-five, giving him a perfect sweep of the season after finishing 10th in last year’s inaugural race at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Indiana.

Larson started third behind Abreu and Brent Marks but was embroiled in a fierce battle with Anthony Macri for third during the first dozen laps. Larson slipped by Macri in traffic until a red flag waved for a flip by Lachlan McHugh.

Meanwhile at the front of the pack, Marks retook the lead from Abreu on Lap 18. Larson followed one lap later and then caution waved again. Tyler Courtney lost power and fell to 24th after starting eighth.

Marks scooted away on the restart but tragedy struck in Lap 26. Leading the race, Marks hit a pothole in Turn 1, bicycled and then flipped, handing the lead to Larson.

Abreu caught Larson again during the final laps and in a reprise of their battle at Tri-City Speedway, the two threw sliders at one another for several laps until Larson built some separation and ran away to the checkers.

“I didn’t feel like my pace in [Turns] 1 & 2 slowed down a ton,” Larson said from victory lane. “I missed it once there and then I saw his nose in 3 & 4. I didn’t know if he nailed the bottom that well behind me and I think he might have slid me in the next corner, so he was definitely on the top.

“I was nervous to move up there because my car was really pogoing up in the entry of 1. I got up just in time, made a few mistakes and he threw a couple more sliders at me but he was just a little too far back and I was able to squirt around him. Then I really had to commit to hitting my marks – back my effort down a bit to avoid mistakes.”

After leading early, Abreu fell back as far as sixth, but faith in his car kept hope alive.

“I just needed to do a few things a few laps before I did and fix some angles, then my car got a whole lot better,” Abreu said. “I’m thankful for this team; they do an amazing job. They don’t give up on me. I know my car is going to be there right at the end of these races, so it’s just the discipline of being patient.”

For Abreu, it was his third near-miss this season. He was leading at Lakeside in the 2023 opener until a tire went flat in the closing laps and he lost the lead to Larson late in the Tri-City Speedway race. Abreu has finished sixth or better in his last three High Limit races with each result being progressively better until his pair of runner-up results.

Third-place finisher Scelzi was the hard charger, advancing from 17th.

“I had a very specific plan; don’t go near [the hole in Turn 1],” Scelzi said. “It worked out. No one wanted to start on the top. I think I gained a couple of rows there on the choose cone and ran the middle, which seemed to be better than right around the bottom.”

Michael “Buddy” Kofoid in fourth and Macri rounded out the top five.

World of Outlaws star and former NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne was one of 41 entrants, but he was not among the 26 starters. He failed to advance to the Main after finishing eighth in the B Main and seventh in his heat.

Feature Results

A Feature (40 Laps): 1. 57-Kyle Larson[4]; 2. 24-Rico Abreu[1]; 3. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[17]; 4. 71-Michael Kofoid[5]; 5. 39M-Anthony Macri[3]; 6. 9-Chase Randall[9]; 7. 26-Zeb Wise[14]; 8. 1X-Jake Bubak[15]; 9. 8-Aaron Reutzel[10]; 10. 14D-Corey Day[18]; 11. 11-Cory Eliason[12]; 12. 5T-Ryan Timms[11]; 13. 88-Austin McCarl[13]; 14. 21H-Brady Bacon[22]; 15. 48-Danny Dietrich[16]; 16. 7S-Robbie Price[19]; 17. 21-Brian Brown[23]; 18. 22-Riley Goodno[26]; 19. 52-Blake Hahn[25]; 20. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[21]; 21. 3J-Dusty Zomer[6]; 22. 14-Cole Macedo[7]; 23. 19-Brent Marks[2]; 24. 7BC-Tyler Courtney[8]; 25. 25-Lachlan McHugh[20]; 26. 53-Jack Dover[24]

2023 High Limit Sprint Car Series

Race 1: Giovanni Scelzi wins at Lakeside Speedway
Race2: Anthony Macri wins at 34 Raceway
Race 3: Kyle Larson wins at Wayne County Speedway
Race 4: Kyle Larson wins at Tri-City Speedway