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  • December 28, 2017 9:59 PM PST

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Ed Carpenter turned Pole Day into a family celebration. Cheap Phil Kessel Jersey . The stepson of IndyCar founder Tony George became the first member of the Hulman family to win the biggest pre-race event in the series -- the Indianapolis 500 pole. Carpenter produced a stunning finish to a day that was rife with suspense but lacked surprise. His four-lap average of 228.762 mph was quick enough to break up what appeared to be a Team Penske-Andretti Autosport lock on the front three rows in the nine-car shootout for the pole. Somehow, Carpenter, who owns his team, beat out the big-name guys. "To be a single-car team in this Chevy shootout, I am going to call it fighting with the Penske and Andretti guys," said Carpenter, whose pit crew carried him off pit road on their shoulders after an agonizing wait to see if his time would hold up. The soft-spoken Carpenter grew up around the world-famous 2.5-mile Brickyard, dreaming of the moment he could stand in Victory Lane. Perhaps that will happen May 26. For now, Carpenter will savour the highest-profile achievement of his career and during a month in which he has strengthened his area ties. His sponsor, golfer Fuzzy Zoellers Fuzzys Vodka, is based in Indiana and this week he added decals to his car from his alma mater, Butler University -- the little school that made two straight NCAA championship game appearances. He also took a little time out for his family and friends, who believe this could be his big year at Indy. After producing the fastest lap in the opening practice session last Saturday, Carpenter gave away his tickets to watch the Eastern Conference semifinals between the hometown Pacers and New York Knicks so he could spend some time with his wife before another working Mothers Day. And during Friday nights qualifying draw, Carpenter had one of his young children pull out the number. Then Carpenter went out and beat all those big-name guys to the punch, setting off a celebration that isnt likely to end any time soon. "I felt like coming in that we had a chance to be on the pole," Carpenter said. "To sit on the pole for this race is really a dream come true, and I hope it is a start to what has already been a great month of May. The car has been great and I cant thank my team enough. The sponsors, a lot of great people helped us get here. This is just the first part of what we are here to do." Carpenter was followed by three of Michael Andrettis five drivers -- rookie Carlos Munoz of Colombia, Marco Andretti and Venezuelan E.J. Viso took the next three spots. Munozs average of 228.342 was just a tick better than Marco Andrettis 228.261. "We knew he was a factor, but those laps were really stout," said Andretti, who congratulated Carpenter on pit road. "We didnt see that kind of pace out of him earlier, but he went for a trim and balanced the car, so it rewarded him." Another Indy rookie, A.J. Allmendinger will start fifth, the highest qualifier for Roger Penskes team. James Hinchcliffe of Oakville, Ont., a two-time winner this year in IndyCar, had the ninth fastest time, at 227.493 miles per hour. Alex Tagliani of Lachenaie, Que., , the 2011 pole sitter, qualified 11th in his Honda with a speed of 227.386 mph. Will Power went into the shootout as the favourite after going 228.844 but wound starting sixth, the outside of Row 2 after slowing to 227.246 mph on the final run of the day. It was yet another frustrating moment for Power, who thought he might eclipse 230 after his early afternoon run. That came just 48 hours after Power seemed resigned to not even be in pole contention. But racing has not always been good to Power. Despite winning 21 poles and 14 races from 2010-12, Power finished second in the points to Scotsman Dario Franchitti all three years. Indy has followed the same trend line. In five previous starts on the 2.5-mile oval, Power has only started on the front row once -- when he started second in 2010 when he was overshadowed by his pole-winning teammate, Helio Castroneves. Power has never finished better than fifth on race day even though he completed 799 of 800 laps in his first four starts. Last year, he went out in a crash after 78 laps. The teams dramatic improvement over the previous 48 hours had some thinking that Penske would extend his own record by winning an 18th pole. Others expected Andretti to top the list. Carpenter never bought into it. "Thats an accomplishment in itself. For this team to put in the hard work to give me what I needed to put it on the pole is great. I think a whole lot of prayers went into this day." There werent many surprises. Each of the nine drivers in the shootout were powered by the strong Chevrolet engines. That left the Honda teams, including all four drivers for Chip Ganassis heavyweight team -- Australian Ryan Briscoe, New Zealands Scott Dixon, Scotlands Dario Franchitti and Charlie Kimball -- out of the front three rows. Franchitti, like Castroneves, is trying to become the fourth member of the four-time winners club and will start from the middle of the sixth row, 17th, after going 226.069. Also out of pole contention was points leader Takuma Sato of Japan. He posted a four-lap average of 225.892 and will start 18th, the outside of Row 6. Eight drivers qualified but were later bumped out of the top 24 starting spots. Jakes and Briscoe were the only ones to make it back in. The list of drivers still trying to make the field includes 1996 Indy winner Buddy Lazier, British driver Pippa Mann, who hasnt raced since suffering injuries in the tragic season-ending race at Las Vegas in 2011 and Brazils Ana Beatriz. Mann and Beatriz, who drive for Dale Coyne Racing, are trying to become the first female teammates to start the 500. Two drivers, Conor Daly and Michel Jourdain Jr., werent quick enough to even qualify for the 33-car starting field and James Jakes first qualifying attempt was later disqualified after failing post-qualifying inspection. Jakes tried to re-qualify two more times, finally making it into the 24th spot late in the day. The final nine starting spots will be filled during the second and final day of qualifications Sunday -- a day Britains Katherine Legge is expected to complete her first laps since being hired by Schmidt Peterson Motorsports to drive the No. 81 car. 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OMAHA, Neb. -- If Justin Pattons growth continues like it has been, hes going to be a big problem for the Big East once conference play begins.The 7-foot, 230-pound redshirt freshman made all eight of his shots and scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half, leading No. 12 Creighton in an 82-52 victory over Loyola (Md.) on Saturday.I dont know that you ever expect a freshman to have the impact that hes having, Bluejays coach Greg McDermott said. Its hard for freshmen in college basketball. He jokes about the redshirt year, and it ended up being a great thing for him.Patton grew an inch and gained 25 pounds while sitting out last season. Hes scored 10 or more points in each of Creightons six games, showing off a nifty spin move, jump hook shot and monster dunk.He certainly is not there yet 100 percent, McDermott said. Hes made tremendous strides, and his growth is really happening day by day right in front of our eyes. The guys trust him, especially offensively when he dives at the rim. You throw it up there and he goes to get it.The Bluejays (6-0) couldnt shake the Greyhounds (2-4) in the first half, shooting 36.7 percent while getting out to a 30-25 lead. They opened the second half with a 36-15 run to create a 66-40 bulge, and they shot 74 percent after half.Creightons superior size and athleticism became apparent as the Greyhounds wore down. Patton dunked three times and Marcus Foster, who had 16 points, dunked once during the decisive run.Patton picked up two quick fouls and was limited to 8 minutes in the first half. He didnt stew on the bench. He said he was happy to play cheerleader.I already have got a chip on my shoulder, Patton said. I sat out a whole year. Im used to it.Loyola had no answer for Patton, with anyone who tried to guard him giving up at least 4 inches. Greyhounds coach G.G. Smith said he considered double-teaming Patton but didnt do it in the first half because Loyola was keeping the game close. In the second half, Pattoon surprised Smith with shot-making ability. Cheap Penguins Jerseys China. We did a very poor job of making him score over us. We gave him way too many looks at the basket, Smith said. He has pretty nice post moves. Hes a freshman, right? Hes pretty good for a freshman. He has a bright future. Hes a tough matchup for us.Jarred Jones led Loyola with 13 points and Andre Walker added 12 points and five assists.Creighton scored 28 points off the Greyhounds 18 turnovers and outscored them 50-26 in the paint.Tale of two halves, Smith said. Our guys competed in the first half, and we were down five against one of the nations most efficient offensive teams. Theyre so hard to stop for two halves.BIG PICTURELoyola (Md.): The Greyhounds didnt seem intimidated playing in an arena eight times the size of their 2,100-seat gym. They didnt have the manpower to keep up with up-tempo Creighton for 40 minutes.Creighton: It took a while for the Bluejays to get going, but once they did in the second half they looked every bit as good as they did in winning the Paradise Jam.MEAN MARTINMartin Krampelj (pronounced Mar-TEEN CROM-pul) gave the Bluejays what they needed off the bench with center Zach Hanson being out three months with an ankle injury. The 6-9 redshirt freshman from Slovenia was 5 for 7 for 10 points in 16 minutes. 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