The IZOD IndyCar Series double-header at Houston’s Reliant Park shook up the points standings and injured one of the series’ most popular drivers and more than a dozen fans. Here are the results from IndyCar, NASCAR and the NHRA from this weekend.
IZOD IndyCar Series – Race No. 1 of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston on Saturday went to Scott Dixon, while Simona deSilvestro earned her first career podium finish with her runner-up performance. Justin Wilson, Simon Pagenaud and Josef Newgarden rounded out the top five. Helio Castroneves, who entered the weekend with a 49-point advantage over Dixon, saw that drop to eight points after finishing 18th on Saturday after a shifter issue.
Race No.2 was marred by the last-lap accident involving Franchitti, Takuma Sato and EJ Viso. Franchitti was admitted to the Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center with a concussion, spinal fracture and a fractured right ankle. 13 fans and an IndyCar official were injured when Franchitti’s Dallara took down a portion of the catchfence at the street course; two of the spectators were transported to the local hospital for evaluation, while the others were treated at the track. Will Power won the race, while Dixon finished second, taking over the points lead by 25 points over Castroneves, who had a broken gearbox in the second race and finished 23rd. James Hinchcliffe, Wilson and Sebastian Bourdais rounded out the top five.
Sprint Cup Series – Kevin Harvick took the win in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, ahead of Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, Joey Logano and Carl Edwards. Matt Kenseth finished 11th and saw his points lead drop from eight to three points over Jimmie Johnson, who finished sixth. Kyle Busch, who has had no luck at Kansas in the past, continued that trend with a 34th-place finish after being involved in three separate accidents; he dropped to fifth in points, 35 back of Kenseth.
Nationwide Series – Kenseth did take home one checkered flag this weekend, winning the Kansas Lottery 300 Nationwide Series race at Kansas on Saturday. Paul Menard finished second, followed by Regan Smith, Kyle Busch and Justin Allgaier. Austin Dillon, who finished sixth, took over the points lead from Sam Hornish Jr., who finished 17th; Dillon has an eight-point lead.
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series – John Force’s hunt for a 16th Funny Car title continues with his second-straight win in the 2013 NHRA Countdown to the Championship. Force picked up his seventh win at Maple Grove Raceway, home of the Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals, on Sunday and took the points lead away from Matt Hagan during qualifying for the event. Shawn Langdon (Top Fuel), Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also took home Wallys from Maple Grove Raceway.
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