Lapped traffic, late-race misfortune costs Power chance at Pocono win

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Entering Sunday’s ABC Supply 500, Will Power was aiming for his third win in a row at Pocono Raceway. And while Alexander Rossi had the dominant car on the day, Power was keeping him in sight, even closing in as they encountered traffic.

Power also began conserving fuel to extend his stints in hopes of leapfrogging Rossi during an exchange of pit stops – that strategy saw him lead for a short period after a pit cycle on Lap 138.

However, he then got balked by lapped traffic, allowing Rossi to retake the lead on Lap 140.

And ahead of his final stop, Power, who again ran longer than Rossi in hopes of leapfrogging him, was balked again, this time in Turn 3 as he caught Max Chilton in the middle of the corner. Power nearly pushed out into the wall trying to avoid Chilton, which cost him precious time on track.

Things got worse on his out-lap when he experienced a bizarre shifting problem that saw his No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet shift only midway through second gear.

The combination of those incidents ultimately prevented Power from challenging Rossi and from taking his third victory in a row at Pocono.

“Just got a couple of bad runs out of (Turn 1), to be honest,” Power explained when asked how Rossi got back around on Lap 140. “(He got) beside me going into Turn 2. Yeah, that was that. Then in the last pit stop, we had a great shot at getting him again. I caught Max Chilton at the worst possible spot in Turn 3, washed right up into the marbles, almost got into the wall.”

Power continued “On the out lap (after the last stop), got a mid shift in second. Lost a second in that whole exchange. That was our only shot to close the gap to him. If we didn’t jump him in that exchange, it was going to be very difficult to get him.”

The second-place effort does make it three podiums in a row at Pocono for the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series champion, and Power remains fourth in the championship. However, he is 81 points behind Dixon, and in need of some help if he is to get back into the championship picture.

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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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