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Tony Stewart Wins at Texas Driving Same Monte Carlo SS That Captured Win One Week Ago at Atlanta: Fifth Victory This Season for Two-Time NASCAR Nextel Cup Champion; Chevy Captures Top-Six Finishing Positions and Eight of Top-10 in Finishing ...

Tony Stewart Wins at Texas Driving Same Monte Carlo SS That Captured Win One Week Ago at Atlanta: Fifth Victory This Season for Two-Time NASCAR Nextel Cup Champion; Chevy Captures Top-Six Finishing Positions and Eight of Top-10 in Finishing Order

Jimmie Johnson Takes Over Chase Championship Lead by 17 Points With Two Races Remaining; Four Chevy Drivers Sit Top-Five in Standings

Ft. Worth - Tony Stewart, No. 20 Home Depot Monte Carlo SS, took his now favorite Monte Carlo SS to victory lane for the second consecutive week in the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS). This is the same race car Stewart won with at Kansas Speedway in early October.The win was the fifth of the 2006 season for the two-time NASCAR Nextel Cup Series (NNCS). It is the 29th victory of Stewart's NNCS career and first at TMS.

Stewart's win brings the total 2006 NNCS Chevy victories to 22, tying the most wins in a season by the Bowtie brand in the Modern Era. Chevrolet drivers took the checkered flag 22 times in 1980 and again in 2004.Team Chevy drivers scored eight of the top-10 finishing positions, including finishing positions one through six, in tonight's 339-lap race, extended five laps beyond the scheduled 334 laps due to a late race caution

Stewart led eight times for 278-laps and claimed the bonus points for the most laps led tonight. He remains firmly in 11th position in the points and on target for the $1 million year-end points' fund check at season's end.

With his runner-up finish tonight, Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Monte Carlo SS, reclaimed the lead in the Chase for the Nextel Cup standings by 17 points with two races to go in the season. Johnson has scored back-to-back second place finishes giving him 12 top-five finishes for the season and his fourth consecutive first or second place finish.

Kevin Harvick, No. 29 GM Goodwrench Monte Carlo SS, finished third and moved himself up to fifth in the standings, 105 points out of the lead in the Chase.

Kyle Busch, No. 5 Kellogg's Monte Carlo SS, finished fourth in the race and moved to eighth in the standings, 233 out of the top spot.Raybestos Rookie contender

Clint Bowyer, No. 07 Jack Daniel's Monte Carlo SS scored his fourth top-five finish of the season. The solid run came on the heals of his Friday night win in the Silverado 350K.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 8 Budweiser Monte Carlo SS, finished sixth in tonight's race and moved to third in the Chase standings, 78 points behind the leader.

Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Monte Carlo SS, finished eighth in the Dickies 500 and moved to seventh in the standings, 178 points behind the leader.

Raybestos Rookie Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Monte Carlo SS, finished tenth when the checkered flag flew tonight. He dropped one spot in the points to fourth, but sits just 80 points behind the leader.

Jeff Burton, No. 31 Cingular Wireless Monte Carlo SS, suffered a blown right front tire early in the race. He lost 60 laps in the garage while the career made repairs. He could salvage just a 38th place finish and dropped to seventh in the points 184 points out of the lead.

Chevrolet has locked up the 2006 Manufacturers' Cup. The standings following today's race are: Chevrolet, 264 points (22 wins); Dodge, 195 points (7 wins) and Ford, 187 points (5 wins).

Race number 35 of the season and the ninth race in the Chase will be November 12, 2006 at Phoenix International Raceway.

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Tony Stewart , Kevin Harvick , Jimmie Johnson , Clint Bowyer , Denny Hamlin , Kyle Busch