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Stewart wins the Pepsi MAX 400 at Auto Club Speedway

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Tony Stewart held off Clint Bowyer and Jimmie Johnson in the final laps and won Sunday’s Pepsi Max 400 at Auto Club Speedway.

Stewart also gained five spots in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship standings and  secured the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturers’ Cup for Chevrolet for the 34th time since the inception of the award in 1950.

“We’re doing everything we can do.  We’re going to need some help, but we’re doing everything we can do.  I’m proud of these guys, and just so thankful.  Thank Hendrick Engines and Chassis, and everybody at Stewart Haas, they refuse to give up, they refuse to back down.” Stewart said.  

Bowyer and Johnson both contended for the win but the No. 33 outdid the champion’s car on the final lap to finish second.   “I didn’t need that caution to come out there. That piece of debris was back there the whole run, but finally a mysterious caution came out. Tony just beat us there at the end. The Hartford Chevrolet was good. It was a good day for us. We will regroup and hopefully get us another win.” Bowyer said.  

“I think if it had stayed green at the end, we had a shot to get the No. 14, But it didn’t turn out that way, there was a caution at the end with that wreck. Starting on the inside was kind of a problem for me. I just didn’t get going like I needed to. The No. 33 got there.” Johnson said.   “One race down, still in the points lead, but a lot of racing left.” Johnson added.  

Jeff Gordon was running in second place until he pitted during a caution flag.  He was too fast on pit road and restarted the race in 24th place.  The final caution flag allowed Gordon to pit for tires with the rest of the cars in the mid pack which helped him pass a bunch of cars in a short period allowing him into the top-10 before the race ended.  Gordon finished in 9th place.  

“It wasn’t the kind of day we were hoping for. Things are going pretty well for us and we’re hanging in there but honestly I think we were anywhere from a third to a fifth-place car, so to come home ninth, there’s no doubt, we need to get better. There’s no doubt. We’ve got to get better.” Gordon said.  

Other chase drivers didn’t fair so well.  Kyle Busch, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards all had engine trouble.  Matt Kenseth who was also having engine trouble, nursed his car to a disappointing 30th. Kurt Busch was involved in an accident with David Regan and finsihed a disappointing 21st.  

“It’s unfortunate for us,” he said. “This was our opportunity to get back in the Chase and it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. It’s disappointing, but what can you do? It broke. Everybody is giving this program 110 percent, so you can’t blame anybody. We were trying hard to win the title and it isn’t going to happen this year.”  

After his engine blew, Busch said his championship chances were over.    “On to another year.  It’s over.” Busch said from the garage while the race was still underway.    

Unofficial Race Results

Pepsi Max 400 October 10, 2010 – Race 30 of 36

Pos. St. No. Driver Make Pts. Bon. Laps Status
1 22 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 190 5 200 Running
2 13 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 175 5 200 Running
3 8 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 170 5 200 Running
4 5 9 Kasey Kahne Ford 160 0 200 Running
5 14 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 155 0 200 Running
6 11 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 160 10 200 Running
7 21 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 146 0 200 Running
8 34 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 142 0 200 Running
9 17 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 143 5 200 Running
10 23 0 David Reutimann Toyota 134 0 200 Running
11 10 20 Joey Logano Toyota 130 0 200 Running
12 19 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 132 5 200 Running
13 2 19 Elliott Sadler Ford 124 0 200 Running
14 4 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 126 5 200 Running
15 37 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 118 0 200 Running
16 9 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 120 5 200 Running
17 1 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 117 5 200 Running
18 6 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 109 0 200 Running
19 30 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 106 0 200 Running
20 32 38 David Gilliland Ford 108 5 200 Running
21 38 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 100 0 200 Running
22 24 98 Paul Menard Ford 102 5 200 Running
23 15 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 94 0 200 Running
24 29 82 Scott Speed Toyota 91 0 200 Running
25 12 13 Casey Mears Toyota 88 0 200 Running
26 25 12 Brad Keselowski Dodge 85 0 200 Running
27 27 83 Reed Sorenson Toyota 82 0 200 Running
28 40 34 Travis Kvapil Ford 84 5 200 Running
29 39 37 Dave Blaney Ford 76 0 200 Running
30 3 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 78 5 200 Running
31 41 7 Kevin Conway * Toyota 70 0 197 Running
32 18 6 David Ragan Ford 67 0 193 Running
33 26 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota 64 0 193 Running
34 20 99 Carl Edwards Ford 61 0 187 Running
35 16 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 63 5 155 Out
36 42 71 Andy Lally Chevrolet 55 0 76 Out
37 35 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 52 0 69 In Pit
38 43 9 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet 49 0 56 In Pit
39 28 46 Michael McDowell Chevrolet 46 0 55 In Pit
40 36 164 Landon Cassill Toyota 43 0 43 In Pit
41 7 16 Greg Biffle Ford 40 0 40 Out
42 31 36 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 37 0 33 In Pit
43 33 66 Jason Leffler Toyota 34 0 23 Out
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