Conor Daly, Josef Newgarden on pole for IndyCar races at Iowa Speedway

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Conor Daly and Josef Newgarden captured the pole positions in IndyCar Iowa Speedway qualifying for the race weekend doubleheader at the 0.894-mile oval.

Daly turned a 175.188-mph lap to start first in tonight’s race, whose starting order was determined by the first qualifying lap. The second qualifying lap set the lineup for Saturday.

It’s the first career pole position after 54 starts in the NTT Series for Daly (whose best previous start was seventh in 2016 at Toronto and best oval start had been 11th at Gateway in 2017).

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It also was the first pole for Trevor Carlin’s team and kept Chevrolets unbeaten for the top spot over Honda in six races this year.

“Well, I guess I didn’t hold Pato up that time, that’s for sure,” Daly cracked to NBC Sports Gold reporter Dillon Welch, a reference to Pato O’Ward, whom he battled in both races at Road America last weekend (including a crash in Saturday’s race that injured Daly’s shoulder).

“This is awesome. So thankful to have a bit of a comeback, to be driving this car. I’m just so thankful to be here. I hated this place the last few years. Now we’re on the pole. This is hilarious. We’ve got one more mission tonight. and that’s the race so hopefully we can execute.”

It’s also the second start of the season in the No. 59 Chevrolet for Daly, who finished sixth with Carlin in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway before moving to Ed Carpenter Racing for the past three races on road courses.

Newgarden will start second in tonight’s race at Iowa, followed by Will Power, Colton Herta and Alexander Rossi.

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Takuma Sato will start sixth, followed by Felix Rosenqvist, who scored his first career IndyCar victory Sunday at Road America, O’Ward, Jack Harvey and Marcus Ericsson.

The starting position woes this season continued for Simon Pagenaud, who had to wave off his IndyCar Iowa Speedway qualifying attempts because of a fuel pressure problem. He will start 23rd in both races. After qualifying third at Texas, Pagenaud’s best starting spot in five races has been 17th.

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Daly also was second fastest in an afternoon practice paced by Colton Herta. In three previous starts at Iowa, Daly had qualified 21st, 19th and 16th (last year when he finished 13th, his best at the track).

“I think so,” Daly said when asked by Welch if he had the pace to earn his first IndyCar victory. “In practice, we were happy the whole time. We’ve got clean air. This is wild. I’ve started on the last row every time I’ve raced here. Quite a difference.”

The front row in IndyCar Iowa Speedway qualifying for Saturday went to the Team Penske Chevrolets of Newgarden and Power. It’s the third pole this season for Newgarden, who also qualified first at Texas and Road America.

Daly was third in the qualifying results for Saturday’s race, followed by Ryan Hunter-Reay, Herta, Harvey, Alex Palou, Tony Kanaan, Ericsson and Rosenqvist.

Conor Daly will start on the pole at Iowa Speedway for the first time in an IndyCar race (Joe Skibinski/IndyCar).

Adam Cianciarulo sweeps to second straight Pro Motocross 450 win

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Adam Cianciarulo (450) and Dylan Ferrandis (250) swept both motos of their divisions Saturday in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship event at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota, significantly impacting the points standings.

After scoring his first career victory Sept. 8 at RedBud, Cianciarulo made it two consecutive victories on his Monster Energy Kawasaki. He won the first moto by 1.7 seconds over Blake Baggett and the second moto by 2.7 seconds over Baggett.

“Man, what a dream come true,” Cianciarulo said. “I really wanted to go 1-1 last round at RedBud and had that silly mistake. Today, we got the job done and made it happen. Two consecutive victories in the 450 Class just feels really good. I just want to keep the ball rolling.”

With three rounds remaining, Cianciarulo is ranked second in the standings at a 15-point deficit to Zach Osborne, who won three of the first five rounds.

In the 250 standings, Dylan Ferrandis jumped ahead of Jeremy Martin (who won three consecutive events earlier in the season) by three points (257-254).

Dylan Ferrandis swept both motos for his second win of the season in the 250 class (Align Media).

Ferrandis beat third-ranked RJ Hampshire in the first moto and nipping Martin by 0.4 seconds in the second.

“That was a difficult race in the second moto and the pressure was on,” Ferrandis said. “It was really good for me to have that battle and come out on top in the second moto. The championship is really close and I think that we were able to put on a good show for everyone today. Jeremy [Martin] and I have a good relationship I think and we congratulated each other and talked about the battle after the race.”

NEXT: The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will hold its seventh round Sept. 26 with the Geico Motorcycle WW Ranch National at Jacksonville, Florida.


RESULTS

Thor Spring Creek National (Spring Creek MX Park, Millville, Minnesota)

450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (1-1)
  2. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (2-2)
  3. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (5-4)
  4. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (8-3)
  5. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (6-5)
  6. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (3-10)
  7. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda (7-6)
  8. Joey Savatgy, , Suzuki (9-7)
  9. Max Anstie, United Kingdom, Suzuki (10-8)
  10. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (4-16)

450 Class Championship Standings

  1. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 235
  2. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 220
  3. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 215
  4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 196
  5. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 194
  6. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 190
  7. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 173
  8. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda – 141
  9. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha – 134
  10. Joey Savatgy, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki – 122

250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (1-1)
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (5-2)
  3. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki (4-4)
  4. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (3-6)
  5. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (9-3)
  6. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna (2-11)
  7. Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda (7-5)
  8. Jo Shimoda, Japan, Honda (12-8)
  9. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Kawasaki (11-9)
  10. Derek Drake, San Luis Obispo, Calif., KTM (8-12)

250 Class Championship Standings

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha – 257
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda – 254
  3. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna – 202
  4. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki – 194
  5. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., Yamaha – 186
  6. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 164
  7. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 162
  8. Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki – 140
  9. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Kawasaki – 123
  10. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., KTM – 114
Adam Cianciarulo won the holeshot in both motos at Spring Creek (Align Media).