NASCAR Chicagoland Results: Tony Stewart Wins 2011 Chase Opener

The 2011 NASCAR Chase opener resulted in a fuel-mileage race. Go figure.

In a season full of strategy races, Monday's delayed Chicagoland Speedway race was another in a series of events in which drivers needed to stretch their gas as long as possible – and, as usual, some failed.

Tony Stewart didn't, though. Stewart made his fuel last to the finish and won his first race in nearly a year.

Not bad for a guy who had counted himself out of the Chase as recently as Thursday.

Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. also had enough gas to make it to the finish – and finished second and third as a result – but five-time defending NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson didn't.

Johnson finished 11th and was among the drivers who were bitten by fuel strategy. Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon also ran out of gas before the finish.

Check out the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings here.

Here are the NASCAR Chicagoland Speedway race results for Monday (Chase driver names in bold):

 

  1. Tony Stewart
  2. Kevin Harvick
  3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  4. Carl Edwards
  5. Brad Keselowski
  6. Kurt Busch
  7. Clint Bowyer
  8. Ryan Newman
  9. Mark Martin
  10. Jimmie Johnson
  11. David Ragan
  12. Kasey Kahne
  13. Brian Vickers
  14. Juan Pablo Montoya
  15. Jeff Burton
  16. Joey Logano
  17. Regan Smith
  18. Martin Truex Jr.
  19. Marcos Ambrose
  20. Paul Menard
  21. Matt Kenseth
  22. Kyle Busch
  23. Trevor Bayne
  24. Jeff Gordon
  25. Mike Bliss
  26. Greg Biffle
  27. AJ Allmendinger
  28. Andy Lally
  29. Casey Mears
  30. Landon Cassill
  31. Denny Hamlin
  32. David Reutimann
  33. Dave Blaney
  34. JJ Yeley
  35. Scott Speed
  36. David Gilliland
  37. Bobby Labonte
  38. Jamie McMurray
  39. Robby Gordon
  40. Joe Nemechek
  41. David Stremme
  42. Josh Wise
  43. Michael McDowell
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