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While much of the racing community is focused on James Hinchcliffes participation on Dancing With The Stars, the small matter of the Verizon IndyCar Series championship will be decided this weekend at Sonoma Raceway.Simon Pagenaud arrives in California wine country with a comfortable 43-point advantage over his Penske Racing teammate Will Power. But the Frenchman will need to perform at his best because Power is the acknowledged master of the undulating road course that is serving as the venue for the IndyCar Series season finale for the second year in a row.Power is a three-time winner at Sonoma and has started from pole position in five of the past six IndyCar races there. Excluding bonus points for pole and laps led, if Power wins Sunday, Pagenaud can clinch his first IndyCar crown with a sixth-place finish.Thats why Power is determined to dominate at one of his favorite tracks in the hopes of adding a second title to the one he won in 2014.Im very relaxed, but I have to say Ive definitely done my homework on how to execute this weekend, Power said from his home in North Carolina. Im looking forward to it.Ive got to expect that Simon is going to have a really good weekend, and that means that Ive got to start on the pole and win the race, he continued. Its pretty obvious what Ive got to do. I cant be conservative in any way -- I really need to make it happen, and I know if I win it gives me the best chance.Just being in championship contention is an unexpected bonus for Power, who missed the season opening Grand Prix of St. Petersburg when a severe sinus infection created concussion-like symptoms that prevented him from competing.Pagenaud finished second and led the most laps at St. Pete, scoring 43 points -- the exact cushion he enjoys 14 races later. Actually, his edge coming out of St. Pete was 43-1, because Power had earned the point for the pole before being sidelined by INDYCAR medical staff.Power claims he has put that all behind him.You have to put that out of your mind, he said. Thats just the way it is. Not running at St. Pete was a pity because its a pretty straightforward race, I was starting on pole and Im pretty good around that joint. So there were probably some pretty good points on the table. Even if Id started and parked it I would have gotten 10 or 12 points, and maybe another if I led a lap from pole.But honestly, I havent thought about that all year and I havent regretted it, he noted. Ive just been kind of going with it. For me, it was surprisingly a really good year. After St. Pete, Id have never said that I would win four races. Hell, before St. Pete, I was wondering how I was even going to survive the season!Instead, Power went on a tear starting in June, winning four races and adding a series of seconds. After his triumph at Pocono Raceway on Aug. 21, Power closed to within 20 points of Pagenaud, only to see the gap more than double when he crashed out at Watkins Glen.Still, with double points on the line (100 vs. 50 for a win, etc.), Powers title hopes are still very realistic. And no matter whether Power or Pagenaud prevails, team owner Roger Penske is guaranteed his 14th Indy car championship crown.After Pocono, for sure I thought, This is really possible now, Power said. Even when I was 117 points out or whatever, I never thought it was over or said I was out of the championship. Watkins Glen obviously made it a little harder but I still have a shot, and a pretty good one. After St. Pete, [Penske Racing president] Tim Cindric said double points can be your friend, so well see if hes dead-on right.It would be great. Any championship is fantastic, but winning one for Rogers 50th year would be awesome on so many levels. Just phenomenal.In some respects, the greatest pressure is on Pagenaud, who has never finished higher than third in the IndyCar Series standings.The Frenchman has matched Powers total of four race wins this year and is in excellent position to secure the title. But thanks to the double points on offer, he must still be wary.Last year, Scott Dixon won and made up a 34-point deficit at Sonoma to steal the title from Penskes Juan Pablo Montoya.This is our big season finale and Im very excited to get to battle it out on the track, Pagenaud said. The job is a little different than usual, as we are only fighting Will Power.Our season has been incredible, he added. I am so proud of my team and what we have already accomplished with six poles and four wins. Now we want the championship, and may the best man win.Theres still a strong battle for third in the standings, with Helio Castroneves and Dixon tied and Josef Newgarden just five points behind them. Tony Kanaan is within striking distance of securing the third and final spot on the championship podium, and Graham Rahal and Carlos Munoz still have a remote shot.Castroneves is trying to complete Team Penskes first 1-2-3 since Al Unser Jr., Emerson Fittipaldi and Paul Tracy swept the top three spots in the 1994 CART-sanctioned Indy car championship. Four-time IndyCar champion Dixon, meanwhile, is trying to preserve a streak of top-three championship finishes that dates to 2007.At this point, were going to do everything we can to finish 1-2-3 in this championship, Castroneves said.Although Dixon is out of the championship hunt, hes eager to watch the showdown between the Penske drivers -- hopefully in his rearview mirrors.Both of them have just got to go for it, Dixon said. Youve got to race it like any other race and thats hard. I think all of us fall victim to falling into a championship battle and racing for a championship as opposed to just doing what we need to do.Its definitely a very emotional ride going into it, and Will has been in a lot more battles for the championship than Simon has, he added. Well have to see how that team handles it. I think Roger will be very happy that the championship lies with that team and they can fight it out. Hes going to be a happy man either way.Newgarden, the young American star whom many observers predict will join Team Penske in 2017, could play the spoiler in what may be his last race for Ed Carpenter Racing.Like Power, Newgarden essentially missed a race after crashing out at Texas prior to the rainout. Third place in the championship would be a worthy achievement for the 25-year-old.?As far as whats going to happen at the front, I dont know, Newgarden said. I think theres a lot of pressure for sure on Will and Simon, and thats going to be up to them how they manage that. And really for guys like Tony, Scott, Helio or me, its kind of a battle to be best of the rest.I think youre going to see a great race. Cheap Astros Jerseys . - The Washington Redskins have cut defensive lineman Adam Carriker and punter Sav Rocca. Custom Jeff Bagwell Jersey . Thousands of Southern California fans enveloped the Trojans to celebrate an improbable win secured by an interim coach, an inconsistent kicker and a thin defence that wouldnt break. . Tracey comes to the Blue Bombers after spending over a decade with Queens University. Most recently he was the schools assistant football coach. Authentic Custom Astros Jersey . Ferrer, trying to win his fourth title on Mexican soil, will next play South Africas Kevin Anderson, who eliminated American Sam Querrey,7-6 (2), 6-4. Also Wednesday, Gilles Simon (6) of France beat Donald Young of the United States 6-4, 6-3, Ukraines Alexandr Dolgopolov downed Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 6-4 and Croatias Ivo Karlovic defeated Dudi Sela of Israel 7-6 (4), 6-2. Custom Astros T-shirts . Breaking three of his own world records on his way to winning in Paris, Chan silenced the critics and left the audiences standing in appreciation and awe. Mohammad Irfan has been ruled out of the remainder of the England tour after suffering cramps during his comeback match in the fourth ODI at Headingley. Hasan Ali will replace him in the T20 squad.A statement from the PCB said that Irfans cramp began in his hamstrings before developing in both his right and left calf and that he will be sent back to the National Cricket Academy to work on his fitness.Irfan, who was called into the squad after Mohammad Hafeez was ruled out, had started promisingly on his return, removing Alex Hales and Jason Roy during a lively five-over opening spell, and also troubled Eoin Morgan. After spending time off the field he tried to bowl again for the 42nd over of the innings but could only manage one delivery, a wide that did not touch the pitch, before walking off again.Mickey Arthur, the Pakistan coach, did not hide his frustrations in the dressing room but later defended Irfans call-up despite his very limited recent cricket, insisting that checks and balances had been in place.Shortly before the news of Irfans withdrawal was confirmed Azhar Mahmood, Pakistans bowling coach, said it had to be acknowledged that Irfans size made him a unique case.Definitely Mickey was unhappy and as bowling coach I was unhappy as well. We had a chance to win that game the other day, Mahmood said.dddddddddddd Unfortunately, everyone gets cramp. He is a big guy and his body is totally different to a normal human. But he got cramps.Mahmood, who took on his current role at the start of this series, replacing Mushtaq Ahmed who had been bowling coach for the Test series, defended Pakistans attack and said he had seen improvement after they conceded the world record 444 for at Trent Bridge.They bowled really well [at Headingley] and if Irfan wasnt getting cramps, it was a different ball game. Definitely, we didnt bowl well enough in Nottingham. If you see Trent Bridge, every score is at least 381 in the last 50 over-games. Unfortunately we didnt bowl well, but we are working hard on our skills, our line and length and all disciplines.We didnt bowl any no-balls in the last game, we bowled five beforehand so this is a positive and we have a young guy, Hasan Ali, who is promising. He has shown some grit and we see Umar Gul is back. He didnt bowl well in Southampton but he has come back - its totally different when you are playing in a match and in a tough situation. Under pressure, you do different things, you know. ' ' '

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