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Stewart Edges Johnson In Wild Martinsville Race

NASCAr Sprint Cup
Sunday, October 30, 2011

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Stewart celebrates
Tony Stewart passed Jimmie Johnson on a restart with three laps left in Sunday’s Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway and held off Johnson’s desperate bid for the win on the final lap.

The victory was Stewart’s third in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and vaulted him into second place in the standings, eight points behind leader Carl Edwards. Stewart won for the 42nd time in his career.

“He’d better be worried,” Stewart said of Edwards after the race, “that’s all I can say. He’s not going to have an easy three weeks.”

Miraculously, after twice being lapped on the racetrack, Edwards salvaged a decent run and retained his lead in the Chase standings with a ninth-place finish, as his two closest pursuers entering the race, Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski, both experienced late trouble and finished 17th and 31st, respectively.

Jeff Gordon ran third, followed by Kevin Harvick, who climbed to third in the standings, 21 points behind Edwards. Denny Hamlin came home fifth, with Jeff Burton sixth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. seventh.

After a wild first half of the race had settled into a 97-lap green-flag run after the midpoint, Hamlin squeezed past Gordon on Lap 320 and stayed out front in traffic until Burton’s spin caused the 10th caution of the race.

That started a spate of cautions that gave Harvick and Stewart a chance to move to the front with two-tire calls—and allowed Edwards to return to the lead lap under the 12th caution with a free pass for the highest-scored car one lap down.

Note: At the drivers’ meeting before the race, NASCAR announced that any driver intentionally causing a caution by stopping on the racetrack will be penalized three laps. The rule is in effect for at least the rest of the season, though the number of laps could vary according to the size of the racetrack.

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 4 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 47/4 500 Running
2 7 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet MyLowe's 43/1 500 Running
3 10 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 42/1 500 Running
4 5 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 41/1 500 Running
5 11 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 40/1 500 Running
6 23 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 38/0 500 Running
7 9 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Diet Mountain Dew "Paint the 88" / National Guard 37/0 500 Running
8 24 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 36/0 500 Running
9 1 99 Carl Edwards Ford Scotts WinterGuard Fertilizer 36/1 500 Running
10 12 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Haas Automation 35/1 500 Running
11 16 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford AdvoCare 34/1 500 Running
12 33 13 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO 32/0 500 Running
13 26 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 31/0 500 Running
14 8 22 Kurt Busch Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 30/0 500 Running
15 15 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Filtrete 29/0 500 Running
16 35 38 Travis Kvapil Ford Long John Silver's 0 500 Running
17 3 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 27/0 500 Running
18 22 20 Joey Logano Toyota Interstate Batteries 26/0 500 Running
19 13 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet American Ethanol 25/0 500 Running
20 28 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 24/0 500 Running
21 34 32 Ken Schrader Ford U.S. Chrome / Southern Pride Trucking 23/0 500 Running
22 20 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 22/0 497 Running
23 32 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Golden Corral 21/0 497 Running
24 21 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Richmond / Menards 20/0 497 Running
25 14 4 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull 19/0 495 Running
26 36 71 Hermie Sadler Ford Home Smart 0 493 Running
27 6 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's Halloween 19/2 493 Running
28 19 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Carquest / GoDaddy.com 16/0 491 Running
29 17 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 15/0 488 Running
30 25 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 14/0 484 Accident
31 2 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal 14/1 477 Running
32 29 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Grilling.com 12/0 464 Running
33 18 6 David Ragan Ford UPS My Choice 11/0 444 Running
34 31 34 David Gilliland Ford Front Row Motorsports 11/1 357 Accident
35 27 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald's 9/0 85 Accident
36 37 7 Reed Sorenson Dodge Speed Energy 0 77 Vibration
37 39 46 Scott Speed Ford Green Stuff Absorbent 0 74 Rear Gear
38 42 30 David Stremme Chevrolet Inception Motorsports 6/0 52 Brakes
39 40 66 Michael McDowell Toyota Victory Junction 5/0 45 Brakes
40 43 55 J.J. Yeley Ford Front Row Motorsports 4/0 40 Brakes
41 41 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AMFMEnergy.com / Pellet & Wood Stoves 0 33 Rear Gear
42 30 51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Phoenix Construction / Thank A Teacher Today / Security Benefit 0 27 Brakes
43 38 37 Mike Skinner Ford Max Q Motorsports 0 7 Accident

* Denotes Rookie

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