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PHOTO: Peter Dempsey wins closest race in Brickyard history

By Mike Singer |

Peter Dempsey won Friday's Freedom 100 at the Brickyard by .0026 seconds. (USATSI)

History was made at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday, two days before the weekend's marquee event.

Peter Dempsey won Friday's Freedom 100 by .0026 seconds, making it the closest finish in the history of the racetrack. Dempsey barely edged second-place finisher Gabby Chaves, taking the flag amid a four-wide finish. All four cars were separated by just .0443 seconds.

“It was unreal,” Dempsey told the Indianapolis Star. “Hats off to those other three guys. They could've put me into the wall there, coming to the line, but fortunately they left me just enough room to squeeze by." He added, "You're not going to get better than four-wide coming across the line.”

Chaves, Sage Karam and Carlos Munoz maintained the lead heading into the final stretch when Dempsey came from nowhere to overtake the trio. It was Dempsey's first career win on the developmental circuit.

“I thought it was going to be three-wide to the finish and all of the sudden here comes Peter and I'm thinking, oh my gosh, how can I make my car wider?” Chaves said.

Munoz, who'll start on the front row of Sunday's Indianapolis 500, led throughout much of the race as he sought to continue his two-race winning streak on the Indy Lights circuit. He finished fourth on Friday. He'll become the first rookie to start on the front row since 2000 when Juan Pablo Montoya won the historic race.

For more racing news, follow Mike Singer on Twitter @RealMikeSinger.

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