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FIRESTONE 600 POST-RACE NOTES

Chip Ganassi Racing displayed its dominance during Saturday’s Firestone 600 with a 1-2 finish for the organization as Scott Dixon claimed the win over teammate Tony Kanaan. It was the second time the organization captured a 1-2 finish at Texas Motor Speedway, the other coming in the first race of the 2011 Firestone Twin 275s twin races when Dario Franchitti edged out Dixon for the victory. … With his win in the Firestone 600, Scott Dixon became just the fifth multiple Verizon IndyCar Series winner in Texas Motor Speedway history. Dixon, who previously won in 2008, joins four-time winner Helio Castroneves, three-time winner Sam Hornish Jr., and two-time winners Scott Goodyear and Scott Sharp. … During the Firestone 600, there were more than 1,100 on track passes for position. Runner-up Tony Kanaan had 87 alone. … The 29 green-flag passes for the lead in Friday night’s WinStar World Casino & Resort 400 were the most for a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway since June of 2012. … Verizon IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe, recovering from surgery for an upper left thigh injury suffered in a practice crash May 18 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, was the surprise Grand Marshal for the Firestone 600. He donned a black cowboy hat and gave the command for drivers to start their engines from his Indianapolis home via videotape that was shown to the crowd on “Big Hoss TV.” … Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves finished third in the Firestone 600 and remains the all-time Verizon IndyCar Series career leader in top-five (10) and top-10 finishes (14) at Texas Motor Speedway. He has had only four starts in his career at Texas Motor Speedway where he has not finished among the top 10. … NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Matt Crafton became just the ninth driver in Texas Motor Speedway history to successfully defend his race crown when he won Friday night’s WinStar World Casino & Resort 400. The previous eight drivers accomplished this feat 13 times, which includes two three-peats). The NASCAR Camping World Truck series is where this has happened the most at TMS as Crafton’s defense was the sixth successful one in track history. Texas Motor Speedway becomes just the second track (Kansas is the other) where the two-time defending Series champion Crafton is a multiple winner in his career. … Verizon IndyCar Series driver Will Power of Team Penske earned his third consecutive pole at Texas Motor Speedway during Friday’s NTT Data Qualifying Day. Power’s impressive streak makes him just the second driver to win three consecutive poles at TMS in any major series, joining former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Mike Skinner who won four consecutive poles from 2004-06. … Erik Jones became the third rookie in the previous four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Texas Motor Speedway to qualify on the pole. Jones earned his fourth career truck series pole with a speed of 181.074 miles per hour for the WinStar World Casino & Resort 400. … Firestone 600 champion Scott Dixon led a race-high 97 laps to give him 353 career laps led, moving past Al Unser Jr. (275) and Ryan Briscoe (282) and into fifth on the all-time laps led list at Texas Motor Speedway. Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Tony Kanaan led 57 laps Saturday night to maintain the fourth spot on the list with 362. The all-time laps led leader is Helio Castroneves with 499. 

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