Home track advantage finally paid off for Dario Franchitti.
Racing on the Nashville Superspeedway that he has adopted as his own, Franchitti dipped inside Patrick Carpentier with seven laps to go and then drove away with the Firestone Indy 200 last night in Gladeville, Tenn.
It was his first IndyCar Series victory this year and third overall.
Danica Patrick looked like she might make history with her first victory as she started second and even led nine laps. She got a much-needed caution to refuel and pick up fresh tires, but finished seventh for her fifth top 10 finish in her rookie season.
Sam Hornish Jr. finished second followed by Carpentier. Scott Sharp was fourth with Helio Castroneves fifth.
But this is home turf for Franchitti, who moved to Tennessee because of his wife, Ashley Judd. That has made this 1.33-mile, tri-oval track a favorite target since moving to the IRL in 2002.
Franchitti wound up as the only car from Andretti Green Racing still on the track after mechanical troubles knocked out his teammates.
* NASCAR: Brian Vickers won the third pole of his NASCAR Nextel Cup career during qualifying at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, N.H.
Vickers, in his second full season on the circuit, drove his Chevrolet around the Magic Mile at 130.327 mph. That earned him the top spot for today's New England 300, giving Vickers his first pole since last September at California Speedway.
The 21-year-old driver from Thomasville, N.C., hopes to parlay the pole into his first career victory in his 60th start. His top finish came last month when he placed second in the Pocono 500.
Although he is 22nd in the series standings, Vickers has had three top-six finishes -- including a fourth last Sunday in Joliet, Ill. -- in the last six races and has led the most laps twice this season.
Kasey Kahne qualified second in a Dodge at 130.215, falling just short of his third pole of the season.
Elliott Sadler wound up third in a Ford at 129.798. Locking up the fourth spot in the 43-car field was track record holder Ryan Newman, who got around at 129.776 in a Dodge.
Series champion Kurt Busch was fifth in a Ford at 129.767. Rusty Wallace, rookie Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Greg Biffle and Bobby Labonte completed the top 10.
Points leader Jimmie Johnson will start 12th.
* NASCAR BUSCH SERIES: In Loudon, N.H., points leader Martin Truex Jr. held off Carl Edwards on the final lap for his fifth victory of the season in a caution-filled race at New Hampshire International Speedway.
Truex, who started seventh, led only the last 13 laps in the New England 200. The victory extended the reigning series champion's points lead to 142 over 16th-place finisher Clint Bowyer.
Rookie Denny Hamlin was third in a Chevy, followed by the Ford of Sadler and Jamie McMurray's Dodge.
* CHAMP CAR: In Edmonton, Alberta, heavy rain for much of the day virtually ensured that A.J. Allmendinger's fast lap that led Friday's provisional qualifying would hold up for his first series pole. And a quick lap on a still-wet racetrack by Allmendinger denied fan favorite Paul Tracy, from Toronto, a spot alongside the youngster on the front row for the inaugural Grand Prix of Edmonton.
Instead, Allmendinger's RuSport teammate Justin Wilson, who had his first career win last week in Toronto, will start from the outside of the front row in today's race.
That's the way it was after Friday's opening round of time trials and, thanks to a track with pools of water and two crashes during final qualifying, that's how it stayed.
Allmendinger will be looking for his first career victory in the 188-lap race on the 1.973-mile, 14-turn temporary road circuit at City Center Airport near downtown Edmonton.