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Stewart holds off Johnson in Las Vegas

NASCAR Sprint Cup
Sunday, March 11, 2012

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Tony Stewart holds off Jimmy Johnson late
Tony Stewart held off a charging Jimmie Johnson in a five-lap shootout to win his first Cup race at Las Vegas. The victory gives Stewart 14 wins in Sprint Cup.

Stewart survived four late restarts to win the Kobalt Tools 400 Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Stewart, the defending Sprint Cup champion, dominated this race last year, leading 163 laps, but fell behind due to a mistake on pit road and wound up a disappointing second. The win was his first at Las Vegas and first with new crew chief Steve Addington, who replaced championship crew chief Darian Grubb after last season.

Stewart held the lead on a restart with four laps to go while Matt Kenseth, who was running fourth, hit the wall. Johnson, meanwhile, challenged Stewart for the lead, trying him high and low, but Stewart held him off.

Johnson, who started at the rear of the field after wrecking in practice, finished second followed by Greg Biffle, Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards and Clint Bowyer.

Kenseth, who ran up front all day, wound up 22nd.

More to follow.....

Results

FIN CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Office Depot 48/2 267 Running
2 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's / Kobalt Tools 43/1 267 Running
3 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M / Meguiars 42/1 267 Running
4 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Quicken Loans 40/0 267 Running
5 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 39/0 267 Running
6 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 39/1 267 Running
7 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Schrock / Menards 37/0 267 Running
8 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald's 36/0 267 Running
9 21 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 0 267 Running
10 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Diet Mountain Dew 35/1 267 Running
11 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 34/1 267 Running
12 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 20 Years 33/1 267 Running
13 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Dewalt 31/0 267 Running
14 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 30/0 267 Running
15 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / Farm American 29/0 267 Running
16 20 Joey Logano Toyota Dollar General 28/0 267 Running
17 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 27/0 267 Running
18 55 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 26/0 267 Running
19 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 25/0 267 Running
20 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 24/0 267 Running
21 34 David Ragan Ford Front Row Motorsports 24/1 267 Running
22 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Zest 23/1 267 Running
23 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's Ms. Brown 21/0 267 Running
24 43 Aric Almirola Ford Richard Petty Fantasy Racing Camp 20/0 267 Running
25 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Clorox 19/0 264 Running
26 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Kingsford / Bush's Beans 18/0 264 Running
27 13 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 17/0 264 Running
28 30 David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports 16/0 263 Running
29 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Ollie's Bargain Outlet 15/0 263 Running
30 32 Ken Schrader Ford Federated Auto Parts 14/0 263 Running
31 10 David Reutimann Chevrolet Accell Construction 13/0 261 Running
32 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 13/1 259 Running
33 38 David Gilliland Ford Front Row Motorsports 11/0 258 Running
34 33 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet South Point Hotel & Casino 10/0 252 Running
35 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Tag Heuer Eyewear 9/0 251 Running
36 83 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King 8/0 240 Out of Race
37 22 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Pennzoil 8/1 238 Running
38 98 Michael McDowell Ford Curb Records 6/0 148 In Pit
39 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King 5/0 123 Out of Race
40 26 Josh Wise * Ford 1-800LoanMart 4/0 64 In Pit
41 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AMFMEnergy.com / Pellet & Wood Stoves 0 44 In Pit
42 37 Timmy Hill* Ford Poynt.com 2/0 42 In Pit
43 249 J.J. Yeley Toyota America Israel Racing 1/0 39 Out of Race

* Denotes Rookie

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