Stewart narrows gap to Edwards with win

Tony Stewart leads Carl Edwards at Texas

Tony Stewart leads Carl Edwards at Texas

Tony Stewart has narrowed the gap to Carl Edwards in the NASCAR Sprint Cup to just three points with victory at the AAA Texas 500 today.

Stewart took the win over Edwards in a closely fought final dash to the flag, with Stewart god enough to secure a crucial win over his title rival.

The one-two result for the two leading Chase contenders means that it is highly likely that either Edwards or Stewart will be the new Sprint Cup champion – ending Jimmie Johnson’s five season reign.

It was Stewart’s second win in a row, his fourth victory in the Chase and the 43rd of his career.

Kasey Kahne finished third, ahead by Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle and the Hendrick Motorsports pair of Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Australian Marcos Ambrose finished 11th.

Stewart led the majority of the race before Joey Logano’s Toyota dropped oil on the back straight on Lap 261 of 334, causing the fourth caution of the race.

Edwards, Stewart and the five cars behind took right-side tyres only on Lap 263.

Edwards got a huge jump on the restart on Lap 267 and pulled away to a lead of more than one second before the fifth and final caution on Lap 270 for debris in Turn 3.

The first 13 cars stayed out under the yellow, and Stewart stayed with Edwards on the restart, moving around the No. 99 Ford to the outside to hold on for the win.

Results, Texas Motor Speedway

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
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 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 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 36/0 334 Running
9 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 35/0 334 Running
10 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 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 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 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Carquest / GoDaddy.com 25/0 334 Running
20 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 24/0 334 Running
21 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 23/0 334 Running
22 6 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 22/0 334 Running
23 10 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 21/0 334 Running
24 8 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 21/1 334 Running
25 13 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO 19/0 334 Running
26 51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Thank A Teacher Today / Security Benefit 0 332 Running
27 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 18/1 332 Running
28 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Wounded Warrior Project 16/0 332 Running
29 71 Andy Lally * Ford TRG Motorsports 15/0 332 Running
30 14 22 Kurt Busch Dodge AAA 14/0 331 In Pit
31 38 Travis Kvapil Ford Long John Silver’s 0 331 Running
32 34 David Gilliland Ford Front Row Motorsports 12/0 331 Running
33 18 Michael McDowell Toyota M&M’s 11/0 331 Running
34 32 Mike Bliss Ford Street King 0 329 Running
35 135 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Big Red 9/0 316 Running
36 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Arctic Cat 8/0 295 Running
37 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 7/0 258 Out of Race
38 36 Geoffrey Bodine Chevrolet Luke & Associates 6/0 215 In Pit
39 46 Scott Speed Ford Green Stuff Absorbent 0 30 In Pit
40 66 Josh Wise Toyota HP Racing LLC 0 23 In Pit
41 37 Mike Skinner Ford Max Q Motorsports 0 19 In Pit
42 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AMFMEnergy.com / Pellet & Wood Stoves 0 14 In Pit
43 55 J.J. Yeley Ford Ingersoll Rand 1/0 10 In Pit

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