Tony Stewart Literally Coasts To A Win At Kansas Speedway; TW0-Time Champion Ran Out Of Fuel On Last Lap But Wins By 12-Plus Seconds Jeff Burton Maintains Lead In Chase To The Nextel Cup Championship With Fifth Place Finish In Banquet 400 Kansas...
Tony Stewart Literally Coasts To A Win At Kansas Speedway; TW0-Time Champion Ran Out Of Fuel On Last Lap But Wins By 12-Plus Seconds Jeff Burton Maintains Lead In Chase To The Nextel Cup Championship With Fifth Place Finish In Banquet 400
Kansas City, KS - Tony Stewart, No. 20 Home Depot Monte Carlo SS captured the 27th win of his NASCAR Nextel Cup Series career by literally coasting across the finish line after running out of fuel going into turn three of the last lap. Stewart's victory in the Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway is the 18th NNCS win for Monte Carlo SS this season.
Chevy has won the first three races in the Chase for the Nextel Cup.
Stewart had an 18-second lead over second-place finisher Casey Mears (Dodge) when the fuel pressure gauge went to zero and the engine quit running. Mears ran out of fuel shortly after Stewart and both cars coasted to the checkered flag ahead of third-place Mark Martin (Ford).
"I knew I was out of gas when the fuel pressure gauge was at zero and the engine was dying," Stewart said from victory lane. "I just kicked it in neutral and let it coast. These things being 3,400 lbs will coast a long way. The longer I kept it in gear without power; it was just slowing the car down. So as soon as it went to zero, I was quick to push the clutch in, switch off the ignition and kick it out of gear and ride it around the apron and hope that I had enough momentum to get to the finish line.
"We miss being in the Chase but it is nice to finish the day up here with a win. It was a good weekend for me. I was fourth in the Busch race yesterday, second in the dirt late model last night at Knoxville and win today. Old Spice, Bass Pro Shops, Home Depot and Chevrolet all had a good weekend."
Jeff Burton, No, 31 Cingular Wireless Monte Carlo SS, extended his lead in the Chase for the Nextel Cup with a solid fifth place finish in today's race. Burton is now 69 points ahead of Raybestos Rookie Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Freight Monte Carlo SS who finished 18th today.
Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Monte Carlo SS dropped from second to sixth in the standings, 120 points behind Burton, after losing a fuel pump on lap 238 of the 267-lap race. He finished 39th in the order.
Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Reese's Monte Carlo SS, held his fifth place status in the Chase 96 points down to teammate Burton. Harvick finished 15th today.
A 10th place finish for Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 8 Budweiser Monte Carlo SS continued to hold him seventh in the standings, 123 points out of the lead.
Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Monte Carlo SS sits eighth in the standings, 165 points out of first after finishing a disappointing 14th place today. Johnson led 105 laps of the race before a late pit stop for fuel and tires followed by late race cautions shuffled him back in the order.
Kyle Busch, No. 5 Kellogg's Monte Carlo SS, battled to a seventh place finish after a pit road speeding violation but remains ninth in the standings with seven races to go in the Chase.
Chevrolet has already clinched the 2007 Manufacturers' Cup title in NNCS competition.
Bowtie drivers, Burton and Hamlin, are currently one-two in the Chase. Harvick is in fifth place.
The series travels to Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, AL on October 8, 2006 for fourth round of the Chase and race 30 of the 36-race season.
Current NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Manufacturer's Standings:
Chevrolet 222 points (18 wins)
Ford 165 points (5 win)
Dodge 164 points (6 wins
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