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Will Power wins Supply Wisconsin 250

WEST ALLIS, Wis. -- IndyCar championship leader Will Power dominated the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 on Sunday to score his first victory at the Milwaukee Mile.

The 33-year-old Australian led 229 laps and survived two scares, a challenge from teammate Juan Pablo Montoya with about 50 laps to go and dwindling fuel.

Montoya finished 2.8 seconds behind, and Tony Kanaan was third.

Power stretched his final tank of fuel 67 laps to improve on his best Milwaukee finish of third last year.

He pushed his point lead to 39 over teammate Helio Castroneves, who finished 11th.

Nice move: The only yellow of the Indy Lights race gave Zach Veach the reprieve he needed to pass teammate Matthew Brabham and win the 100-lap preliminary.

Veach sped around the outside on a restart with two laps remaining and won by 0.8605 of a second after Brabham's 5-second lead had been wiped out by Luiz Razia's crash.

"At first I thought that was a suicide pace (set by Brabham), the tires weren't going to last, but he made 'em," said Veach, who had led the first 39 laps from the pole.

"When the yellow came out, I was actually more worried about getting passed by Gabby (Chaves) in third trying to make a move on the start. I just got lucky with the way things settled."

Chaves, who drives for Brian Belardi of Grafton, finished third despite a car that was so hard to drive, he said, "I feel like I need a wheelchair."

Veach's third victory of the season pulled him within 11 point of the championship leader Chaves with a doubleheader on the road course in Sonoma, Calif., next weekend.

Plus three: Before the race, Andretti Autosport announced contract extensions with 2012 champion and three-time Milwaukee winner Ryan Hunter-Reay and sponsor DHL that will keep them in place through 2017.

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