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Ed Carpenter records first IndyCar victory

SPARTA, Ky. (AP) - Ed Carpenter edged Dario Franchitti at the Kentucky Speedway finish line to pick up his first career IndyCar Series victory.

Carpenter and Franchitti staged a wheel-to-wheel battle for the final 22 laps, and Carpenter had just enough at the finish line to give Sarah Fisher Racing its first ever victory.

Franchitti finished second and reclaimed the IndyCar points lead after Will Power had an awful day. Contact on pit road during the first round of stops caused damage to Power's car that he never recovered from.

Franchitti started the day trailing Power by 12 points in the standings. He goes to the Oct. 16 season finale with an 18-point lead over Power.

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