Will Power defends race start after criticism from other drivers

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LONG POND, Pa – A controversial start to Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 saw the field jam up approaching the green flag, with Graham Rahal getting into the back of Spencer Pigot.

Their contact sent Pigot into a spin and he gently bumped the inside wall, though it did damage the right-rear of his No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet. Rahal, meanwhile, suffered damage to the front wing and right-front of his No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda.

Rahal explained that, from his vantage point, the front of the field seemed to check up as they approached the green flag.

“On the start, there’s no doubt the guys up front checked up,” Rahal explained to NBCSN’s Jon Beekhuis. “I was going through (Turn) 3, I started to lose gap, so I thought it’s time to go. We were in the start zone, and all of the sudden everybody checked up. I know (Scott) Dixon said he went from fourth gear to first.”

In the aftermath, pole sitter Will Power came under criticism and was accused of brake-checking the field. However, in an interview with Beekhuis, Power was quick to defend himself, and referenced the throttle trace from his No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet as evidence that he never slowed down, but rather sped up properly approaching the green flag.

“(I was) the exact speed -107 mph – exactly what they (IndyCar Race Control) wanted,” Power explained, referencing his on-board data in the process. “I actually went before the start. And if you look, Scott Dixon’s the one trying to get a big run as he tries to blame me. I’ve got the data … never ever faltered on speed, so just as they (IndyCar Race Control) wanted.”

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Dean Wilson out for rest of Supercross season

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“Such a massive gut punch on Saturday,” Dean Wilson wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. “Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye.”

With that post, Wilson announced that he will be out for the remainder of the Supercross season, which includes races at East Rutherford, N.J. and Las Vegas, Nev. An MRI earlier in the week revealed a shoulder injury. He also sustained damage to his kidney in a Lap 8 accident while he was running in the top 10.

Wilson’s injuries will not require surgery.

Wilson’s season began with a lot of promise. Earning the holeshot in the season-opening race at Anaheim, Wilson led for a time before narrowly missing the podium in fourth.

Two weeks later, Wilson finished fifth overall in the Triple Crown event of Anaheim II. Those are his only top-fives of the season.

“The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year,” Wilson continued.

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Such a massive gut punch on Saturday. Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye. Started off Denver topping free practice then went on to qualify P1 in qualifier 1. Qualifier 2 didn’t get the cleanest laps but ended with a 4th. On to the main event I was running around 7th on lap 7 moving forward and as I came around for the rhythm section I tripled in and something freak happened causing the bike to nose dive after I tripled in and pile driving me into the ground. The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year. It’s tough just hoping to have a ride each year. 2nd part is people saying “wilson’s hurt again, big surprise there” when it was something that wasn’t my fault. It’s a tough pill To swallow.. I injured my shoulder and got a contusion on my kidneys. Got MRI and good news is I dodged a bullet on my shoulder and I am just going to give it a few weeks of rest and therapy and see where we are at. Huge disappointment to end my SX season like this. Thanks to my whole team for everything and everybody checking in on me. I really appreciate it. I will be back.

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Next Race: East Rutherford April. 27, on NBCSN and on NBC Sports Gold

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