Dixon speeds his way to Indy pole

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, Last Updated: 8:16 AM ET

Strategy was almost as important as speed yesterday, as Scott Dixon won the pole for the Indianapolis 500.

Dixon and teammate Dan Wheldon, who took the second spot, both took advantage of Indy's unique qualifying format, which allows each entry up to three tries on each of the four days of time trials.

Dixon's four laps at a 226.366 mph average took the Indy pole. The race isn't until May 25.

Danica Patrick, just two weeks after making history as the first woman to win an IndyCar race, set the early qualifying pace, averaging 225.197 mph on the famed Indianapolis speedway, but Patrick wound up fifth.

Eleven more spots will be decided today, with the final 11 positions to be determined next Saturday.

BUSCH TUNES OUT FANS

At Darlington, S.C., Kyle Busch won the battle of attrition last night as NASCAR's least popular driver overcame a pit-road penalty and several scrapes with the wall to win at Darlington Raceway.

Busch's third Sprint Cup Series victory of the season hardly thrilled the crowd, which viciously booed him in pre-race introductions and hadn't softened by the time he took the checkered flag.

Despite the frenzy of hatred toward Busch, the 23-year-old driver tuned it out and focused on what he does best -- winning races.

His win at Darlington was his eighth overall this year.

MASSA TRACK MASTER

At Istanbul, Turkey, Felipe Massa of Ferrari won pole position for the Turkish Grand Prix for the third straight year yesterday.

The two-time defending race champion will start first on the grid for today's race at the Istanbul Speed Park after clocking a best lap time of one minute, 27.617 seconds.

Heikki Kovalainen of McLaren will start second, finishing less than 0.2 seconds behind Massa. Kovalainen's best career qualifying position comes less than two weeks after a violent crash at the Spanish GP.


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