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Castroneves has seven runner-up finishes, but he can't buy a victory in 2008

Most drivers would be content racking up seven runner-up finishes in 14 starts. Unless you're chasing Scott Dixon, writes John Schwarb.

Updated: August 9, 2008, 11:55 PM ET
By John Schwarb | Special to ESPN.com

SPARTA, Ky. -- Helio Castroneves got points for resourcefulness Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway. His problem is Scott Dixon gets more points by simply being the best.

Castroneves, desperate to steal a win and any kind of gain on the Target Ganassi Racing points leader, tried a fuel-conservation plan at the Meijer Indy 300. On Turn 3 of Lap 200, he felt golden.

Coming out of Turn 4, he was toast.

Dixon, in a season in which everything is ...

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