LEXINGTON, Ohio -- Scott Dixon and his Target Chip Ganassi team had planned on four pit stops. [url=http://www.eaglespromart.com

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LEXINGTON, Ohio -- Scott Dixon and his Target Chip Ganassi team had planned on four pit stops. Josh Sweat Eagles Jersey . Then Dixon changed his mind -- and his and his teams luck. Dixon went from last in qualifying to capture his fifth win at Mid-Ohio in the last eight years, coasting in on low fuel Sunday to finally end his teams victory drought in 2014. "It was probably around Lap 30, we had to really go for it and switch it up," he said about the altered game plan to go hard and then conserve fuel while playing keep-away with the lead. The 34-year-old New Zealander, who started last in the 22-car field, also won on the twisty road course between Cleveland and Columbus in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012. "To come from last to even a top-10 here was going to be extremely difficult to do," he said. "But we laid down some quick laps, passed some people and then hung on." Target Chip Ganassi has won the last six races at the track, breaking through this season in a familiar place. Pole-sitter Sebastien Bourdais was a distant second, with James Hinchcliffe third, rookie Carlos Munoz fourth and favourite son Graham Rahal fifth. "(Starting) 17th to (finishing) third sounds impressive until you talk about Scott," Hinchcliffe joked. "Hes got to go and showboat, like he always does here." Dixon led a total of 45 laps, winning the strategy battle against the top contenders while capturing his 34th series win and first since Houston last October. He beat runner-up Bourdais by 5.3864 seconds. Almost immediately after getting the checkered flag, just after going past pit row, he pulled quickly over into the grass near the first turn and pumped his fist to fans. He was not out of gas, he said. But he could have been. "The (low) fuel light came up with about a lap and a half to go," he said. "If you were listening to the radio, you would have heard a lot of random chatter. We conserved for most of the last lap. The way our year has gone, its a wonder I didnt run out and have to walk back." It was the farthest back a winner had started since Max Papis won at Laguna Seca in 2001. But Dixon has done this before. In 2001, he started 23rd at Nazareth and came all the way through the field to win. After qualifying went poorly in the rain Saturday, Dixon said, "Not the best qualifying weve had this year, I can tell you that. There just wasnt any grip to be found out there. Well have to come up with a great strategy tomorrow to dig us out of this hole." Thats exactly what they did. Will Power, second in the drivers standings coming in, took over the No. 1 spot when leader Helio Castroneves had throttle problems on a pace lap. Power finished sixth while Castroneves, who would end up with the fastest lap of the day, was 19th. Bourdais, after winning his second pole of the season, maintained the lead for most of the opening 30 laps. But there were surprises early. Castroneves, who started 15th, was four laps behind because of the early problems. The race hadnt had a single caution the last two years, but that didnt last long. On the opening lap there was a mishap on the sharp turn called the keyhole that resulted in the noses getting knocked off the cars of Marco Andretti and Tony Kanaan. Josef Newgarden, who qualified No. 2 behind Bourdais, slotted into second spot early and stalked the leader. He pulled right behind Dixon, who took the lead on lap 68. Newgarden fell back during a disastrous pit stop in which he drove over a hose and his crew stumbled filling the car with fuel and changing tires. He finished 12th. Dixon grabbed the lead and didnt let go, pushing his lead to seven seconds through 70 laps. He sat on the lead the rest of the way, going hard until that fuel light popped on. "The fastest car won the race," Bourdais said. "I was hoping he wouldnt make the fuel (last). But it was pretty clear when he stopped the last time that he would do it." Dixon thanked the makers of his Chevrolet for something rarely mentioned in race cars. "We got fantastic fuel mileage out there," he said, laughing. Josh Sweat Jersey . - After three days of light, make that very light, workouts, Team Irvin and Team Carter are ready for tonights Pro Bowl. Dallas Goedert Jersey . - A mixed martial arts fighter who changed his name to War Machine was ordered Friday to stand trial in Nevada state court on 34 felony charges including attempted murder, sexual assault and kidnapping that could get him life in prison for allegedly attacking his porn star ex-girlfriend and her friend. http://www.eaglespromart.com/avonte-maddox-eagles-jersey/ .C. - Nick Merkley and Damon Severson each had a goal and two assists as the Kelowna Rockets downed the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds 6-3 on Saturday in Western Hockey League playoff action.LEXINGTON, Ohio -- Others slipped and slid, but Sebastien Bourdais persevered and even flourished during IndyCar qualifying Saturday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. A noon downpour turned the 2.25-mile, 13-turn circuit into a slippery strand of roadway, but Bourdais proved to be the best on rain tires. The French driver made it through the first two qualifying rounds and into the Fast Six. "The last lap I knew I was shy and needed some more, so I just went for it and made it stick and that Mystic machine gave me everything it had and it was enough," Bourdais said. It is the second pole of the season for Bourdais and the 33rd of his American open-wheel career, tying him with Dario Franchitti on the all-time list. The KVSH Racing driver ran a 1:24.161 for an average speed of 96.586 mph. It was almost 19 seconds slower than times posted in Saturdays dry morning practice. The slippery track resulted in three stoppages in the first two qualifying sessions, making it hard for drivers to get one lap at speed let alone any rhythm. "Obviously the conditions were really tricky," Andretti Autosport driver James Hinchcliffe said. "The cars just had no grip." It certainly shook up the order for Sundays Honda Indy 200. Series points leader Helio Castroneves and four-time Mid-Ohio winner Scott Dixon failed to get out of their first sessions and will start 15th and 22nd, respectively, in the 22-car field. "Not only was it wet, there were so many yellows that we only got one timed lap in," Castroneves said. "At thee end of the day it was the same for everyone. Avonte Maddox Jersey. We were the first car out and tried some different lines. Sometimes that is not the best place to be. It gives the other guys some direction on where to run." Castroneves will try to make the most of it in the race as he seeks his first IndyCar championship. "Well just have to keep working and hope the race tomorrow is better than qualifying," he said. Bourdais, who won from the pole in the first race at Toronto, will start alongside Josef Newgarden, his best start on a road or street course for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing. Target Chip Ganassi Racings Tony Kanaan will start third, while Andretti Autosport teammates Carlos Munoz and Ryan Hunter-Reay will be fourth and fifth. Team Penskes Will Power starts sixth. Power trails Castroneves by 13 points and Hunter-Reay is in third, 69 points behind in the drivers standings, so Mid-Ohio could be a turning point in the championship. "Its typical IndyCar," Power said. "Its all mixed up. You dont know who is going to be pole one week to the next. Its great racing. Hopefully we can get together and get a podium tomorrow, maybe a win." There have been 10 different pole winners through 15 races this year. Columbus-born Graham Rahal missed the Fast Six by one-thousandth of a second and will start seventh. Simon Pagenaud of Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports is fourth in the championship race and will start ninth. Marco Andretti is 16th and last years Mid-Ohio winner, Charlie Kimball is 20th. 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