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Dixon fastest, Honda strong again in Practice 3 at Watkins Glen

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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Chip Ganassi’s Racing’s Scott Dixon went fastest in third practice for Sunday’s INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen (1:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN), repeating his feat from second practice on Friday. Dixon’s quick time from Practice 3 (1:22.6441) nearly mirrored his best lap from Practice 2 (1:22.6187).

Honda retained the strong form on display during Friday practice. The Andretti Autosport duo of Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay were second and third, with Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves fourth, the only Chevrolet in the top five. Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais was fifth, putting four Hondas inside the top five ahead of Saturday afternoon qualifying.

Other notables include Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden in eighth, Simon Pagenaud in ninth, and Will Power in 16th.

The session ran without interruption, although Sebastien Bourdais did have a quick spin entering Turn 8 as the checkered flag came out. However, he slid harmlessly into the runoff area and did not incur any contact.

Times are below. Qualifying rolls off at 3:00 p.m. ET and will air on NBCSN at 7:00 p.m. ET.


Ka-boom! NHRA Funny Car driver Cruz Pedregon blows up brand new car body

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Former NHRA Funny Car champ Cruz Pedregon was a happy man coming into Friday’s qualifying for this weekend’s Dodge NHRA Mile-High Nationals in Morrison, Colorado (a suburb of Denver).

The reason Pedregon was feeling good was he had a brand new Toyota Camry body atop his Funny Car chassis. It was state of the art, it looked fast and it was prepared to run fast.

And everything really looked good as soon as Pedregon hit the gas in his qualifying run vs. Tim Wilkerson.

Well, for a few seconds, that is.

As the two drivers hurtled down the 1,000-foot drag strip, Pedregon’s brand new body was destroyed in a massive explosion.

Fortunately, Pedregon was uninjured.

Check out the big ka-boom: