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Hornish Wins at the Milwaukee Mile

Sam Hornish Jr took his second win of the season at the Milwakee Mile today, after leading more than half of the 225-lap race, which he started in pole position

Hornish led the first 111 laps, but found himself in a crucial battle for the lead with Dario Franchitti, eventually regaining the lead with eight laps to go, to finish ahead of Franchitti by mere four tenths of a second.

This was a reversal of last week's fortunes: Franchitti won at the Nashville Superspeedway ahead of Hornish, in second.

Tomas Scheckter finished today's race in third, ahead of Tony Kanaan in fourth and points leader Dan Wheldon in fifth.

Rookie Danica Patrick escaped injury when she crashed heavily on lap 127, after making contact with the wall after Turn 1. The rookie said she did not know what caused the spin, which led to her crash, but accepted it was likely to be a driving error.

"It was just such a sudden snap," she said. "The groove had definitely widened out through the race. I was pretty much where I was the whole time, not going any faster, and it just snapped.

"It very well could have been my fault, but I heard that Dario had some action in his steering wheel on the same lap, so I don't know. Maybe it was my fault, but I'll take the blame."

Pos  Driver              Make-Engine      Laps
 1.  Sam Hornish Jr.     Dallara-Toyota   225
 2.  Dario Franchitti    Dallara-Honda    225
 3.  Tomas Scheckter     Dallara-Chevy    225
 4.  Tony Kanaan         Dallara-Honda    225
 5.  Dan Wheldon         Dallara-Honda    225
 6.  Bryan Herta         Dallara-Honda    225
 7.  Patrick Carpentier  Dallara-Toyota   224
 8.  Alex Barron         Dallara-Toyota   224
 9.  Vitor Meira         Panoz-Honda      224
10.  Scott Sharp         Panoz-Honda      221
11.  Kosuke Matsuura     Panoz-Honda      220
12.  Ed Carpenter        Dallara-Toyota   219
13.  Scott Dixon         Panoz-Toyota     219
14.  Jimmy Kite          Dallara-Toyota   218
15.  Roger Yasukawa      Dallara-Honda    212
16.  Helio Castroneves   Dallara-Toyota   206
17.  Buddy Rice          Panoz-Honda      164
18.  Buddy Lazier        Dallara-Chevy    129
19.  Danica Patrick      Panoz-Honda      125
20.  Darren Manning      Panoz-Toyota      34
21.  A.J. Foyt IV        Dallara-Toyota    19
22.  Ryan Briscoe        Panoz-Toyota       0

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