SPARTA, Ky. (AP) - Ed Carpenter posted a lap of 217.933 mph to
capture the pole for Saturday's Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway.
The pole is the first of Carpenter's career. The veteran racer
signed a three-race deal to drive for Panther Racing last month.
Series points leader Will Power, coming off a disappointing
16th-place finish in Chicago last week, will start second at the
Defending series champion Dario Franchitti, who trails Power by
23 points with three races remaining, qualified 11th.
Power let a chance to pick up his first career win on an oval
slip away when a late pit stop gaffe left him short on fuel. He was
forced to pit with a couple of laps remaining, allowing Franchitti
to pull away for the win.
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