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Hornish holds off Patrick

Lewis Hamilton, the first black driver to compete in F1, made another splash by winning the pole for the Canadian GP. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

Sam Hornish Jr. finally got in front and the defending IndyCar Series champion stayed there to get his first victory of the season.

Hornish led 159 of 228 laps in a dominating race and held off a late charge from a lucky Tony Kanaan and Danica Patrick to win the Bombardier Learjet 550 last night in Fort Worth, Texas -- his IndyCar Series-best 19th career victory.

"It feels awesome, especially to come to a place like Texas, where I've had so many good memories," said Hornish, who won by only 0.0786 seconds. "We weren't having a bad year, we just didn't get the things to click."

While he was one of only three drivers with top-10 finishes in the first six races in his No. 6 Team Penske car, Hornish had led only five laps before getting to the 1 1/2-mile high-banked Texas track. He is the first three-time winner at Texas Motor Speedway, but hadn't won at the track since 2002.

For Patrick, her career-best finish came after all the hype this week surrounding her postrace confrontation on pit row with Dan Wheldon a week ago.

Kanaan, Patrick's teammate with Andretti Green Racing, somehow slid unscathed through mangled machines and a flyaway tire created by a multicar crash on the backstretch on the 197th lap.

Formula One -- Lewis Hamilton, the 22-year-old Mercedes McLaren driver, became the first black driver in Formula One history to win his first F1 pole ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix. He took the pole with a lap of 1 minute 15.707 seconds in the last of three 15-minute qualifying sessions.

Teammate and two-time series champion Fernando Alonso had a lap of 1:16.163, which was just 0.456 seconds slower than Hamilton's final effort on the 2.71-mile Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Hamilton, who goes into the race on Notre Dame Island in Montreal tied for the points lead with Alonso, is the first rookie to win a pole since Juan Pablo Montoya won three in 2001.

Busch -- Carl Edwards raced to his fourth NASCAR Busch Series victory of the season, easily beating Clint Bowyer in the Federated Auto Parts 300 for the Nextel Cup driver's third straight win at Nashville Superspeedway. Edwards took the lead with 33 laps to go and beat Bowyer by 1.656 seconds.