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Dixon wins pole, eyes another IndyCar victory at Mid-Ohio

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LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) Needing a strong final push to challenge for the IndyCar championship, Scott Dixon can't ask for a much better opportunity than this.

In third place in the standings with three races remaining, Dixon will start from the front Sunday at Mid-Ohio, the track where he has won five times in 10 starts and looks as dominant as ever this weekend. Dixon set a track record with his pole-winning time Saturday and understands this may the best chance he'll get to close the gap on points leader Juan Pablo Montoya.

"It's pretty tight around second, third, fourth, fifth, even going down to sixth I think at this point," Dixon said. "All of us have got to have a good run, and hopefully (Montoya) doesn't have one."

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IndyCar Leaders: Points
RankDriverPointsWins
1 J.Montoya 445 2
2 G.Rahal 403 1
3 S.Dixon 397 2
4 H.Castroneves 391 0
5 W.Power 390 1
6 S.Bourdais 366 2
7 M.Andretti 358 0
8 J.Newgarden 352 2
9 T.Kanaan 324 0
10 S.Pagenaud 294 0
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