Tony Stewart wins at Texas Motor Speedway


 Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, poses in victory lane after he won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 from Texas Motor Speedway on November 6, 2011 in Fort Worth, Texas.
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Last weekend at Martinsville Speedway, Tony Stewart warned Carl Edwards that he "better be worried" about the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup Series championship.

Stewart meant it.

Sunday before a crowd of 151,000 fans at Texas Motor Speedway, Stewart dominated the race and won the AAA Texas 500 in grand style. He was simply untouchable.

"We had a great race car today," Stewart said. "The key for us was just hanging on for the first 10 laps of the run and then start pulling away after that."

Stewart led 173 of the 334 laps to capture his fourth victory of the season. The win at Texas Motor Speedway was Stewart’s second at the track and his 43rd victory in 462 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. His previous victory at TMS was on November 5, 2006, when he drove for Joe Gibbs Racing.

 More importantly with the win on Sunday, Stewart gained ground on second place finisher Carl Edwards in the series point standings. Edwards entered the race leading Stewart by eight points, but with the win was able to close the gap to only three points going into next weekend’s race at Phoenix International Raceway. In the past three races, Stewart has gained 21 points on Edwards. 

"Carl kept us honest today and we did everything that we could do," Stewart said. "We got all of the bonus points that we could get and the win. We gained more than we needed to gain, so we are doing good. I’m really confident right now."

Edwards’ second place finish was his sixth top-10 finish in 14 races at TMS. It was also his 24th top-10 in the 2011 season. 

"Now it looks like it is going to come down to two guys in the last two races," Edwards said. "A couple of guys have lost a little grown in third and fourth. It’s going to be exciting and I’m enjoying it. We did what we needed to today and that was just to hang on because Tony was so fast. He got me there on that last restart and he went out there and did his job."

Edwards led three times for 14 laps and trailed Stewart for most of the race, but he never was a factor on the track. Stewart proved to be too dominant.

"It’s fun to be able to compete with a guy who races so hard and we can trash talk each other a little big and have a little fun," Edwards said. "If Tony and I can keep doing this there is going to be one heck of a battle between him and I at Homestead. Now I just can’t wait to go to Phoenix. I wish we were starting that race right now."

Kasey Kahne, driving the No. 4 Red Bull Toyota, finished third and posted his sixth top-10 finish in 15 races at TMS."We had a great Red Bull Toyota," Kahne said. "We weren’t quite as good as the 14 (Stewart) or the 99 (Edwards) there at the end. It was a good race and it was exciting."

Matt Kenseth finished fourth in his No. 17 Crown Royal Ford and led five times for 87 laps.

We will take a top five whenever we can get it," Kenseth said. "Our car was off tonight for some reason even though we were in front. We had great track position, but not that great of a car. We had really great pit stops, but that was about all we had."

Greg Biffle, who started on the pole in his No. 16 Scotch Blue Ford, finished a strong fifth. Biffle led once for 23 laps and was a strong contender throughout the race.

"Our car was really good," Biffle said. "I think I screwed up on Saturday in practice trying to get this car right. It was off a little big on the start of that race and it took us a little time to get it right. I think I could have ran with the leaders there at the end if I could have gotten track position."

Rounding out the top 10 in the 43-car field was Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer and A.J. Allmendinger.

"If you would have told us a year ago that we would be leading the points with only one guy on our heels going into the last few races, I would have asked what that costs," Edwards said. "I would have given everything that I had. Even though we didn’t win the battle here, we are focusing on the war. Those guys are going to have to keep the same past for the next two races and just see what happens."

Results from Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 from Texas Motor Speedway can be found after the jump.


Unofficial Finishing Order:


1 5 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 48/2 334 Running
2 7 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 43/1 334 Running
3 9 4 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull 42/1 334 Running
4 3 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal 41/1 334 Running
5 1 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Scotch-Blue Painter's Tape 40/1 334 Running
6 23 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 38/0 334 Running
7 16 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard "Trained by Tradition" / AMP Energy 37/0 334 Running
8 19 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 36/0 334 Running
9 18 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 35/0 334 Running
10 26 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford "Immortals" / Best Buy 34/0 334 Running
11 12 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Dewalt 33/0 334 Running
12 2 6 David Ragan Ford UPS My Choice 32/0 334 Running
13 21 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Rheem 31/0 334 Running
14 11 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet MyLowe's 31/1 334 Running
15 4 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Quaker State / Menards 30/1 334 Running
16 24 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Quicken Loans Carrier Classic 29/1 334 Running
17 13 21 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 0 334 Running
18 15 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 26/0 334 Running
19 30 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Carquest / Go
25/0 334 Running
20 28 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 24/0 333 Running
21 20 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 23/0 333 Running
22 6 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 22/0 333 Running
23 10 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 21/0 333 Running
24 8 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 21/1 333 Running
25 33 13 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO 19/0 333 Running
26 29 51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Thank A Teacher Today / Security Benefit 0 332 Running
27 31 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 18/1 332 Running
28 32 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Wounded Warrior Project 16/0 332 Running
29 43 71 Andy Lally * Ford TRG Motorsports 15/0 332 Running
30 14 22 Kurt Busch Dodge AAA 14/0 331 In Pit
31 41 38 Travis Kvapil Ford Long John Silver's 0 331 Running
32 34 34 David Gilliland Ford Front Row Motorsports 12/0 331 Running
33 17 18 Michael McDowell Toyota M&M's 11/0 331 Running
34 37 32 Mike Bliss Ford Street King 0 329 Running
35 36 135 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Big Red 9/0 316 Running
36 22 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Arctic Cat 8/0 295 Running
37 25 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 7/0 258 Engine
38 42 36 Geoffrey Bodine Chevrolet Luke & Associates 6/0 215 Vibration
39 39 46 Scott Speed Ford Green Stuff Absorbent 0 30 Rear Gear
40 35 66 Josh Wise Toyota HP Racing LLC 0 23 Rear Gear
41 38 37 Mike Skinner Ford Max Q Motorsports 0 19 Brakes
42 40 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota / Pellet & Wood Stoves 0 14 Clutch
43 27 55 J.J. Yeley Ford Ingersoll Rand 1/0 10 Fuel Pressure
* Denotes Rookie
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