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Briscoe's breakthrough came in unlikely setting


MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Ryan Briscoe's comeback story came full circle at the same place that nearly derailed his racing career: The Milwaukee Mile.

Before Briscoe's breakthrough victory there last year, the historic track nestled in the gritty fairgrounds just west of downtown had been the backdrop for two of the most humbling moments of the 27-year-old Australian's career.

He crashed before the 2005 race, forcing his team to withdraw. The following year, Briscoe had to park his ill-handling car after just 13 laps because, in his words, it was "just scary to drive."

But after proving he could make a good car go fast at Milwaukee in a tryout for the powerhouse Penske Racing team in 2007, Briscoe recorded his first win at the Mile a year ago.

Now he comes into Sunday's race in Milwaukee third in the championship points standings, only eight points behind leader Dario Franchitti and three behind Helio Castroneves.

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