Penske Racing’s Will Power appears to be the IRL driver to beat this year, claiming his second victory in two races at Monday’s IRL Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Monday’s 10:00 AM start time was pushed back to allow the street circuit additional time to dry; it didn’t appear to help much, as drivers ranging from Milka Duno to Dario Franchitti spun their cars on the wet pavement in the opening laps. Power held off second place finisher Justin Wilson (Dreyer & Reinbold Racing), winning the event by nearly one second. Ryan Briscoe, Power’s Penske teammate, claimed the last podium spot.
In NASCAR Sprint Cup racing, Denny Hamlin adopted a “drive it like you stole it” approach to claim victory at Martinsville on Monday. Despite leading 171 laps, a late race pit stop for tires forced Hamlin to claw his way up from ninth position with just four laps remaining. Hamlin had worked his way up to fourth when a yellow flag brought out a green and white restart; after passing Ryan Newman for third, Hamlin got lucky when a “rubbing is racing” duel between Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth took the two leaders out of contention. Hamlin took the lead with and crossed the line for his second victory in a row at Martinsville.