Texas II: Goodyear Racing race report

Race recap: Jimmie Johnson led just nine laps on the day, but took over the top spot from Matt Kenseth with three circuits remaining to win by 0.944 seconds in the NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Texas on Sunday. The victory was Johnson^Ã’s third in...

Race recap: Jimmie Johnson led just nine laps on the day, but took over the top spot from Matt Kenseth with three circuits remaining to win by 0.944 seconds in the NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Texas on Sunday.

The victory was Johnson^Òs third in a row. He also took the top spots at Martinsville and Atlanta the last two Sundays.  He leads the series with nine victories on the season.

Overall there were 27 lead changes among 12 drivers.  Johnson's Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kyle Busch led the most laps with 153 out of 334.  The race was slowed by record-tying 12 caution flags for a total of 52 laps.

Johnson's victory enabled him to pass another of his teammates, Jeff Gordon, in the championship race.  Johnson entered the event trailing Gordon by nine points, but now leads by 30. Clint Bowyer sits 181 points back and is followed, in order, by Kyle Busch, Carl

Edwards, Tony Stewart, Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. The trailing six drivers have been mathematically eliminated from the championship.

Goodyear quote -- Phil Holmer: "We saw a lot of two-tire pit stops during Sunday's Nextel Cup race at Texas, which is an indication of the drivers' and teams' confidence in our tires.  Giving teams the ability to change just two tires is not easily achieved and is a great testimony to this Goodyear Eagle tire combination's performance."

Two races remain in the 10-race Chase for the Championship.  That pursuit continues at Phoenix next weekend.

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Companion events: In a NASCAR tripleheader weekend, Ted Musgrave (Craftsman Truck) and Kevin Harvick (Busch Series) also came home winners at Texas this weekend. 

            Musgrave led 32 of 149 laps to win his first race of the season and the 17th of his 171-race Craftsman Truck series career.  Mike Skinner finished third and regained the championship lead by 57 points over Ron Hornaday Jr. 

            Harvick has had a strong season, posting his sixth victory and 19th top-10 finish in 24 Busch Series races.  Carl Edwards clinched the series championship in this race, two races before the end of the season.

-credit: goodyear racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Kevin Harvick , Kurt Busch , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Ted Musgrave , Jimmie Johnson , Martin Truex Jr. , Carl Edwards , Clint Bowyer , Denny Hamlin , Kyle Busch