Winner: Tony Stewart, driver of the ...
Winner: Tony Stewart, driver of the #20 Home Depot Chevrolet from Joe Gibbs Racing
Top-five finishers: Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Clint Bowyer
Race recap: Tony Stewart turned in one of the most dominating performances of this NASCAR Nextel Cup season, leading 278 of 339 laps to win the race at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday.
Stewart led the race on eight occasions throughout the event, beginning with lap 43. The victory was Stewart's second in a row, having won last Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and his third in the past six races.
Jimmie Johnson finished second, continuing his impressive comeback in the NASCAR playoff format. And while Stewart's recent results have been great, he is not part of the top-10 and thus not eligible for the championship. Johnson is, and he has three second-place finishes and a victory in the last four events. He began the race 26 points behind Matt Kenseth. Johnson now leads the overall standings by 17 points over Kenseth with just two races remaining on the schedule. Further down the list are Dale Earnhardt Jr. (-78), Denny Hamlin (-80) and Kevin Harvick (-105), all of whom have some work to do, but are not statistically eliminated from contention.
The race had 12 cautions for 51 laps and 23 lead changes among 13 drivers, with Brian Vickers leading from the pole the first four laps.
The series runs at Phoenix International Raceway next Sunday, followed by the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway one week later.
Goodyear quote -- Phil Holmer, marketing manager, stock car racing: "After the start of the Nextel Cup race was delayed for about 45 minutes because of rain, things got off to a fast start with a long, green-flag run. Our Goodyear Eagles responded well. We saw several cut tires throughout the event due to car debris on the track, but overall we were very pleased with the performance of our tires."
Companion events: Clint Bowyer (Craftsman Truck Series) and Kevin Harvick (Busch Series) were NASCAR's other winners at Texas this weekend. Bowyer won the Craftsman Truck pole and led 103 of 147 laps to win on Friday night, holding off Kyle Busch after a green-white-checkered flag finish. Todd Bodine's championship lead in the truck series now stands at 137 points over Johnny Benson with two events remaining. Harvick, who has clinched the Busch Series title and leads second-place Carl Edwards by a whopping 834 points, won his ninth race of the season on Saturday afternoon. The all-time Busch Series record for victories in a season is 10, held by Sam Ard (1983), and Harvick will try to tie that mark at Phoenix next weekend.
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