TEAM CHEVY NAILS SEVEN OF TOP 10 FINISHING SPOTS Bank Of America 500, Lowe's Motor Speedway Team Chevy Nails Seven Top-10 Finishing Spots at Lowe's Motor Speedway; Chase Contenders Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Burton and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Score...
TEAM CHEVY NAILS SEVEN OF TOP 10 FINISHING SPOTS
Bank Of America 500, Lowe's Motor Speedway
Team Chevy Nails Seven Top-10 Finishing Spots at Lowe's Motor Speedway; Chase Contenders Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Burton and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Score Top-Five Finishes
Jeff Burton Extends Lead in NASCAR Nextel Chase for the Cup
Concord, NC - Team Chevy Chase for the Nextel Cup contenders Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Monte Carlo SS, Jeff Burton, No. 31 Cingular Wireless Monte Carlo SS and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 8 Budweiser Monte Carlo SS finished second through fourth respectively tonight in the Bank of America 500.
Burton's third place run after going a lap down when he stalled the car exiting his pit stall, extended his lead in the Chase for the Nextel Cup to 45 points over Matt Kennseth (Ford).
Burton's Richard Childress Racing teammate, Kevin Harvick, No. 29 GM Goodwrench Monte Carlo SS sits third in the standings , 89 points back, after salvaging an 18th place finish following broken gears in his transmission and a pit road speeding violation.
"I stalled the car leaving the pits, and had to go get our lap back," said Burton. "That was all I had. The car was really good fortunately to get it back. We fought back and recovered really nice tonight. We had a car that could lead the No. 9 and the No. 48, there was no question about that. We just didn't have the track position because I messed up in the pits, but we will fix that and try not to let that happen again. Nevertheless, we came back with a good finish. I am real proud of my guys for not getting their heads down, they stuck with me and we pulled through it."
Kasey Kahne (Dodge) completed his season sweep Lowe's Motor Speedway (LMS) however, Chevy drivers have won four of the five Chase races. Bobby Labonte (Dodge) rounded out the top-five
Johnson moved up one spot in the standings to seventh with his runner-up finish tonight. He is 146 points out of the lead at the halfway point of the Chase.
Earnhardt now sits fifth in points, up one spot from last week with his fourth place finish tonight. He is 106 points behind Burton.
Kyle Busch, No 5 Kellogg's/Delphi Monte Carlo SS gained one spot in the points, up to ninth. He finished sixth after rallying from a pit road speeding penalty that left him one lap down.
Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Kinko's Monte Carlo SS, was involved in a first lap accident that put him 69 laps down. His 28th place finish dropped him to sxith in the standings, 137 points down.
Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet had his engine expire with 33 laps remaining in the 334-lap/500-mile race. The 24th place finish dropped him three places in the standings to 10th, 216 points behind the leader.
Chevrolet has already clinched the 2006 Manufacturers' Cup title in NNCS competition.
The series travels to Martinsville Speedway on October 22 , 2006 for round six of the Chase and race 32 of the 36-race season.
Current NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Manufacturer's Standings:
Chevrolet 237 points (19 wins)
Dodge 179 points (7 wins)
Ford 173 points (5 wins)
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