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Dixon parlays close second in race into rousing championship victory

Scott Dixon would have liked to get the win at Chicagoland on Sunday, but he'll take the IndyCar Series season title any time. And "any time" may come soon and often the way Dixon ran in 2008, writes John Oreovicz.

Updated: September 8, 2008, 3:41 PM ET
By John Oreovicz | Special to ESPN.com

JOLIET, Ill. -- Scott Dixon came oh-so-close to winning the PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil 300 at Chicagoland Speedway, the final points-paying race of the 2008 IndyCar Series season.

Coming second in the second-closest race in IndyCar history was a bitter pill to swallow. But Dixon's sorrow was fleeting, because his runner-up finish behind Helio Castroneves was more than enough for him to clinch his second series championship.

In fact, for a few minutes, Dixon and Target ...

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