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Tony Stewart used all his wiles to pull off his first win of 2011 ahead of Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his timing couldn't have been better for a dream start to the Chase.
After the tense wait over the inclement weather that finally pushed the Chase-opening Geico 400 to Monday morning, the drama at Chicagoland Speedway proved to be in the knife-edge fuel conservation strategies that claimed some big names in the final seconds of the race.

Tony Stewart had it all under control, however, and claimed his first victory of 2011 (the 40th of his 455-race career) at just the right time to energise his Chase hopes. He stayed ahead of a late charge from Kevin Harvick, who took second place and leapt to the lead of the Chase standings just ahead of Stewart after the first of the ten post-season playoffs.

The race was substantially dominated by Chase contenders, most of whom ran in and around the top ten all day - the exceptions being Denny Hamlin who was undone by a forced unscheduled pit stop for a vibration early in the race and who finished 31st, and Jeff Gordon with a tyre problem that left him in 24th after he ran out of gas on the final lap.

Jimmie Johnson coasted across the line in tenth after running out of gas on the last lap, but Kyle Busch ran out even earlier and dropped back to 22nd place. Polesitter and longtime race leader Matt Kenseth also ran dry, and while he finished in eighth place he was judged to have received an illegal last-lap push from JJ Yeley in the process and demoted a lap, putting him in 21st position.

Race results

1. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 267 laps 2:54:29.000s (47/1 pts)
2. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 267 laps + 0.941s (42/0 pts)
3. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 267 laps + 7.043s (41/0 pts)
4. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 267 laps + 12.579s (41/1 pts)
5. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 267 laps + 15.649s (40/1 pts)
6. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 267 laps + 16.897s (40/2 pts)
7. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 267 laps + 17.240s (37/0 pts)
8. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 267 laps + 18.477s (37/1 pts)
9. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 267 laps + 19.606s (35/0 pts)
10. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 267 laps + 20.182s (35/1 pts)
11. #6 David Ragan Ford 267 laps + 20.671s (33/0 pts)
12. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 267 laps + 20.930s (32/0 pts)
13. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 267 laps + 21.464s (31/0 pts)
14. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 267 laps + 22.349s (30/0 pts)
15. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 267 laps + 22.717s (29/0 pts)
16. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 267 laps + 23.242s (28/0 pts)
17. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 267 laps + 23.456s (27/0 pts)
18. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 267 laps + 25.025s (27/1 pts)
19. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 267 laps + 38.038s (25/0 pts)
20. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 267 laps + 40.161s (24/0 pts)
21. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 266 laps + 1 lap (24/1 pts)
22. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 266 laps + 1 lap (23/1 pts)
23. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 266 laps + 1 lap (0pts)
24. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 265 laps + 2 laps (20/0 pts)
25. #32 Mike Bliss Ford 265 laps + 2 laps (0pts)
26. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 265 laps + 2 laps (18/0 pts)
27. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 265 laps + 2 laps (17/0 pts)
28. #71 Andy Lally * Ford 265 laps + 2 laps (16/0 pts)
29. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 265 laps + 2 laps (15/0 pts)
30. #51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 264 laps + 3 laps (0pts)
31. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 264 laps + 3 laps (13/0 pts)
32. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 263 laps + 4 laps (12/0 pts)
33. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 263 laps + 4 laps (11/0 pts)
34. #38 J.J. Yeley Ford 263 laps + 4 laps (11/1 pts)
35. #46 Scott Speed Ford 260 laps + 7 laps (0pts)
36. #34 David Gilliland Ford 259 laps + 8 laps (8/0 pts)
37. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 236 laps + 31 laps (7/0 pts)
38. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 163 laps Engine (6/0 pts)
39. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 77 laps Vibration (5/0 pts)
40. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 45 laps Electrical (0pts)
41. #30 David Stremme Chevrolet 44 laps Vibration (3/0 pts)
42. #37 Josh Wise Ford 41 laps Brakes (0pts)
43. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 25 laps Brakes (1/0 pts)



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Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, leads the field late in the race during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 19 in Joliet, Ill. [Photo Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images]
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Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, and Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet, lead a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 14, 2014 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, passes Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, to take the lead and win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, and team owner Tony Stewart celebrate winning in Victory Lane after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates with his wife DeLana and son Keelan in victory lane after winning during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS, celebrates his victory and the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Sunday, November 16, 2014 winning the final NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS finishes 2nd. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS, celebrates his victory and the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Sunday, November 16, 2014 winning the final NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS finishes 2nd. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS, celebrates his victory and the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Sunday, November 16, 2014 winning the final NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS finishes 2nd. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS, celebrates his victory and the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Sunday, November 16, 2014 winning the final NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS finishes 2nd. (Photo by Christa L Thomas/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS, celebrates his victory and the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Sunday, November 16, 2014 winning the final NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS finishes 2nd. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, leads Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet, Miss Sprint Cup Kim Coon, Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford, and Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, pose for a photo prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

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