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O’Ward takes Indy Lights pole at Iowa Speedway

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Pato O’Ward outdueled title rival and Andretti Autosport/Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing stablemate Colton Herta to take the pole for Sunday’s Mazda Iowa 100 for the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires.

O’Ward’s average of 161.669 mph just barely edged Herta’s average of 161.489 mph. O’Ward entered the weekend trailing Herta by 17 points.

Ryan Norman and Dalton Kallett qualified third and fourth for Andretti Autosport, with Santi Urrutia and Aaron Telitz ending up fifth and sixth for Belardi Auto Racing. Juncos Racing’s Victor Franzoni, the most recent Indy Lights winner, will start seventh.

Results are below. The Mazda Iowa 100 rolls off at 12:15 p.m. (11:15 a.m.).

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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: