Stewart wins at Texas; Closes in on points lead

Tony Stewart led seven times for a race-high 173 laps in route to his second straight victory and the fourth out of the eight Chase races on Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Stewart backed up his talk at Martinsville and cut into Carl Edwards’ series points lead and only trails by three points with two races remaining.

[media-credit name=”Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images” align=”alignright” width=”239″][/media-credit]“I told you guys that last week, nobody listens to me when I talk anymore. No, I mean we are set on it man, this is just the way it is going to be.” Stewart said.


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Edwards led 14 laps and finished second, 1.092 seconds behind Stewart.

“I’m proud of our guys today.” said Edwards. “We wanted to beat Tony (Stewart) and pad the lead, but we are still the point’s leader. We are going to hold Tony to it and they are going to have to run that well in the next two races to beat us.”

Kasey Kahne finished third, Matt Kenseth fourth and Greg Biffle finished fifth.

Subbing for the suspended Kyle Busch, Michael McDowell finished 33rd.

Mathematically still in, Five-time champion Jimmie Johnson finished 14th, remains in sixth place in the series points, 54 out. Six in a row is now very unlikely.

Unofficial Race Results
AAA Texas 500, Texas Motor Speedway
http://www.speedwaymedia.com/Cup/race.php?race=34
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Pos. St. No. Driver Make Points
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1 5 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 48
2 7 99 Carl Edwards Ford 43
3 9 4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 42
4 3 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 41
5 1 16 Greg Biffle Ford 40
6 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 38
7 16 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 37
8 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 36
9 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 35
10 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 34
11 12 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 33
12 2 6 David Ragan Ford 32
13 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 31
14 11 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 31
15 4 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 30
16 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 29
17 13 21 Trevor Bayne Ford 0
18 15 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 26
19 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 25
20 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 24
21 83 Brian Vickers Toyota 23
22 6 0 David Reutimann Toyota 22
23 10 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 21
24 8 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 21
25 13 Casey Mears Toyota 19
26 51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 0
27 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 18
28 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 16
29 71 Andy Lally * Ford 15
30 14 22 Kurt Busch Dodge 14
31 38 Travis Kvapil Ford 0
32 34 David Gilliland Ford 12
33 18 Michael McDowell Toyota 11
34 32 Mike Bliss Ford 0
35 135 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 9
36 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 8
37 20 Joey Logano Toyota 7
38 36 Geoffrey Bodine Chevrolet 6
39 46 Scott Speed Ford 0
40 66 Josh Wise Toyota 0
41 37 Mike Skinner Ford 0
42 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 0
43 55 J.J. Yeley Ford 1

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1 COMMENT

  1. If memory serves, the whole reason for the “Chase” was because Kenseth won the championship one year even though he never won a race, beating out, I believe it was Newman, who had won four or five races.

    Now, here we are in the “Chase” with Edwards leading without winning any races and Smoke a close second with four or five wins.

    My point is, anyone who knows how to add knows that no matter what the championship WILL go to the driver who is the most consistent during the season, every time. If a driver is consistently in the top ten during the season, even if he doesn’t win a race, he is going to gain more points then a driver who wins even four or five times but finishes 20 or worse the rest of the time.

    In conclusion, I hope Smoke does win, but it will not, as NASCAR wants us to believe, mean that the Chase is more exciting then the old scoring method. It only shows that the “Chase” is an unnecessary gimmick.

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