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Monday 12th March, 2012 - 9:36am

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Tony Stewart takes the chequered flag in Las Vegas

Tony Stewart has put behind a disappointing 2011 race at Las Vegas behind him to win the 2012 Kobalt Tools 400 at the same venue.

Stewart held-off a determined Jimmie Johnson after a restart with four laps left to take the chequered flag 0.461 seconds ahead of the five-time Sprint Cup champion.

The victory was Stewart’s first at the 1.5-mile track, leaving only Darlington and Kentucky as active Cup tracks at which he hasn’t won.

The win was Stewart’s 45th, 15th all time, in 467 Cup starts.

Greg Biffle, Ryan Newman and Carl Edwards came home third through fifth, respectively. Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard, Jamie McMurray, Trevor Bayne and Dale Earnhardt Jr. completed the top 10.

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose brought his Ford home in 13th.

“It was a tough day out there trying to dial the car in for the conditions,” Ambrose said.

“We managed to get a reasonable handle on it for the last few laps, and we made up some positions.

“The DEWALT crew were kept busy today, but we kept fighting for it.”

2012 Unofficial Race Results : Kobalt Tools 400 | Race 3 of 36

FIN

ST

CAR

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

PTS/BNS

LAPS

STATUS

1 7 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Office Depot 48/2 267 Running
2 6 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 43/1 267 Running
3 9 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M / Meguiars 42/1 267 Running
4 18 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Quicken Loans 40/0 267 Running
5 21 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 39/0 267 Running
6 5 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 39/1 267 Running
7 26 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Schrock / Menards 37/0 267 Running
8 19 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 36/0 267 Running
9 254 21 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 0 267 Running
10 4 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Diet Mountain Dew 35/1 267 Running
11 3 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 34/1 267 Running
12 16 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 20 Years 33/1 267 Running
13 15 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Dewalt 31/0 267 Running
14 22 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 30/0 267 Running
15 28 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / Farm American 29/0 267 Running
16 8 20 Joey Logano Toyota Dollar General 28/0 267 Running
17 10 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 27/0 267 Running
18 13 55 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 26/0 267 Running
19 1 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 25/0 267 Running
20 17 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 24/0 267 Running
21 35 34 David Ragan Ford Front Row Motorsports 24/1 267 Running
22 11 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Zest 23/1 267 Running
23 2 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s Ms. Brown 21/0 267 Running
24 27 43 Aric Almirola Ford Richard Petty Fantasy Racing Camp 20/0 267 Running
25 29 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Clorox 19/0 264 Running
26 24 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Kingsford / Bush’s Beans 18/0 264 Running
27 32 13 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 17/0 264 Running
28 43 30 David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports 16/0 263 Running
29 38 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Ollie’s Bargain Outlet 15/0 263 Running
30 41 32 Ken Schrader Ford Federated Auto Parts 14/0 263 Running
31 31 10 David Reutimann Chevrolet Accell Construction 13/0 261 Running
32 20 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 13/1 259 Running
33 34 38 David Gilliland Ford Front Row Motorsports 11/0 258 Running
34 23 33 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet South Point Hotel & Casino 10/0 252 Running
35 12 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Tag Heuer Eyewear 9/0 251 Accident
36 30 83 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King 8/0 240 Engine
37 14 22 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Pennzoil 8/1 238 Running
38 39 98 Michael McDowell Ford Curb Records 6/0 148 Accident
39 37 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King 5/0 123 Engine
40 33 26 Josh Wise * Ford 1-800LoanMart 4/0 64 Brakes
41 40 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AMFMEnergy.com / Pellet & Wood Stoves 0 44 Vibration
42 42 37 Timmy Hill* Ford Poynt.com 2/0 42 Accident
43 36 249 J.J. Yeley Toyota America Israel Racing 1/0 39 Engine

* Denotes Rookie

 

STANDINGS

17 +5 Jeff Gordon 75
18 +3 Marcos Ambrose 74
19 Regan Smith 74
20 -4 Dave Blaney 66
21 -9 Brad Keselowski 65
22 -2 Aric Almirola 63
23 +14 Jimmie Johnson 61
24 -1 Juan Montoya 60
25 +11 Jamie McMurray 57
26 +6 Kasey Kahne 50
27 -3 David Gilliland 48
28 +7 David Ragan 45
29 -3 Kurt Busch 44
30 -5 A.J. Allmendinger 44
31 +2 Casey Mears 41
32 -5 Landon Cassill 39
33 -4 David Reutimann 39
34 David Stremme 38
35 -4 Travis Kvapil 30
36 -8 Terry Labonte 27
37 +2 Brendan Gaughan 27
38 -8 Tony Raines 25
39 +1 Michael McDowell 21
40 -2 J.J. Yeley 19
41 Ken Schrader 14
42 -1 Josh Wise* 10
43 -1 Robby Gordon 6
44 +7 Timmy Hill* 2
45 -2 Scott Riggs 2
46 +2 Trevor Bayne 0
47 -3 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 0
48 -3 Mike Bliss 0
49 -3 Elliott Sadler 0
50 -3 Joe Nemechek 0
51 -2 Danica Patrick 0
52 -2 Michael Waltrip 0
53 -1 Robert Richardson Jr. 0
54 -1 Bill Elliott 0
55 -1 Mike Wallace 0
56 -1 Kenny Wallace 0

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