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Scott Dixon snatches IndyCar championship away from Montoya

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Scott Dixon captured a fourth IndyCar championship by winning the season finale Sunday to snatch the title from Juan Pablo Montoya.

Montoya led the points from the season-opening race right until the final lap Sunday. But he finished the race in sixth, which allowed Dixon to tie him in the standings.

Dixon was awarded the title based on wins; Sonoma Raceway was his third victory, while Montoya had only two. The New Zealand driver entered the race third in the standings, 47 points behind Montoya. The race was worth double points.

"There was still a chance, and that's what we were hoping for," Dixon said. "I still can't believe it. We were such a longshot."

Standings: NASCAR Sprint Cup

As of: Irwin Tools Night Race
RankDriverPointsPV Rank
1Kevin Harvick9081
2Joey Logano8652
3Dale Earnhardt Jr.8193
4Brad Keselowski7935
5Jimmie Johnson7926
6Martin Truex Jr.7714
7Matt Kenseth7537
8Kurt Busch7138
9Denny Hamlin7129
10Jamie McMurray69610
11Ryan Newman68312
12Paul Menard67411

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