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Cup - Texas - Race results

Tony Stewart dominated the AAA Texas 500, while Carl Edwards recovered from early handling problems to finish in second and set up a thrilling Chase battle between the two.
Tony Stewart looked like a man on a mission as he headed to the front after the first caution of the afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway, and thereafter seemed determined to win the AAA Texas 500 Cup race at any cost - and duly did just that, his fourth win in the eight 2011 Chase races so far.

Carl Edwards overcame a loose race car early in the race to compete with Stewart and Kasey Kahne for the lead for much of the race, ultimately finishing in second place - which means he retains the championship points lead over Stewart albeit only by 3pts with two races remaining.

Jimmie Johnson spun mid-race but went on to finish in 14th place. Michael McDowell - filling in behind the wheel of the #18 after Kyle Busch was parked for the weekend by NASCAR - finished in 33rd.

Full race report also available.
Full championship points also available.

Race results

1. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 334 laps 03:16:51s (48/2 pts)
2. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 334 laps + 1.092s (43/1 pts)
3. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 334 laps + 6.053s (42/1 pts)
4. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 334 laps + 6.369s (41/1 pts)
5. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 334 laps + 6.920s (40/1 pts)
6. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 334 laps + 11.046s (38/0 pts)
7. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 334 laps + 11.525s (37/0 pts)
8. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 334 laps + 12.826s (36/0 pts)
9. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 334 laps + 14.984s (35/0 pts)
10. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 334 laps + 17.392s (34/0 pts)
11. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 334 laps + 17.786s (33/0 pts)
12. #6 David Ragan Ford 334 laps + 20.684s (32/0 pts)
13. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 334 laps + 21.070s (31/0 pts)
14. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 334 laps + 21.285s (31/1 pts)
15. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 334 laps + 23.776s (30/1 pts)
16. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 334 laps + 24.416s (29/1 pts)
17. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 334 laps + 27.457s (0pts)
18. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 334 laps + 29.298s (26/0 pts)
19. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 334 laps + 30.176s (25/0 pts)
20. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 334 laps + 1 lap (24/0 pts)
21. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 334 laps + 1 lap (23/0 pts)
22. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 334 laps + 1 lap (22/0 pts)
23. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 334 laps + 1 lap (21/0 pts)
24. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 334 laps + 1 lap (21/1 pts)
25. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 334 laps + 1 lap (19/0 pts)
26. #51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 332 laps + 2 laps (0pts)
27. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 332 laps + 2 laps (18/1 pts)
28. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 332 laps + 2 laps (16/0 pts)
29. #71 Andy Lally * Ford 332 laps + 2 laps (15/0 pts)
30. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 331 laps In Pit (14/0 pts)3 Laps
31. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 331 laps + 3 laps (0pts)
32. #34 David Gilliland Ford 331 laps + 3 laps (12/0 pts)
33. #18 Michael McDowell Toyota 331 laps + 3 laps (11/0 pts)
34. #32 Mike Bliss Ford 329 laps + 5 laps (0pts)
35. #135 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 316 laps + 18 laps (9/0 pts)
36. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 295 laps + 39 laps (8/0 pts)
37. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 258 laps Out of Race (7/0 pts)
38. #36 Geoffrey Bodine Chevrolet 215 laps In Pit (6/0 pts)
39. #46 Scott Speed Ford 30 laps In Pit (0pts)
40. #66 Josh Wise Toyota 23 laps In Pit (0pts)
41. #37 Mike Skinner Ford 19 laps In Pit (0pts)
42. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 14 laps In Pit (0pts)
43. #55 J.J. Yeley Ford 10 laps In Pit (1/0 pts)

Practice 3

1. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 29.046s (Leader) 185.912 mph
2. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 29.086s (-0.040) 185.656 mph
3. #6 David Ragan Ford 29.119s (-0.073) 185.446 mph
4. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 29.137s (-0.091) 185.331 mph
5. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 29.147s (-0.101) 185.268 mph
6. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 29.155s (-0.109) 185.217 mph
7. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 29.158s (-0.112) 185.198 mph
8. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 29.184s (-0.138) 185.033 mph
9. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 29.198s (-0.152) 184.944 mph
10. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 29.226s (-0.180) 184.767 mph
11. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 29.251s (-0.205) 184.609 mph
12. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 29.253s (-0.207) 184.596 mph
13. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 29.271s (-0.225) 184.483 mph
14. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 29.281s (-0.235) 184.420 mph
15. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 29.292s (-0.246) 184.351 mph
16. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 29.296s (-0.250) 184.326 mph
17. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 29.300s (-0.254) 184.300 mph
18. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 29.301s (-0.255) 184.294 mph
19. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 29.317s (-0.271) 184.193 mph
20. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 29.320s (-0.274) 184.175 mph
21. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 29.329s (-0.283) 184.118 mph
22. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 29.333s (-0.287) 184.093 mph
23. #51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 29.334s (-0.288) 184.087 mph
24. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 29.363s (-0.317) 183.905 mph
25. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 29.370s (-0.324) 183.861 mph
26. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 29.455s (-0.409) 183.331 mph
27. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 29.504s (-0.458) 183.026 mph
28. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 29.523s (-0.477) 182.908 mph
29. #18 Michael McDowell Toyota 29.526s (-0.480) 182.890 mph
30. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 29.557s (-0.511) 182.698 mph
31. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 29.569s (-0.523) 182.624 mph
32. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 29.581s (-0.535) 182.550 mph
33. #135 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 29.689s (-0.643) 181.885 mph
34. #34 David Gilliland Ford 29.752s (-0.706) 181.500 mph
35. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 29.770s (-0.724) 181.391 mph
36. #55 J.J. Yeley Ford 29.794s (-0.748) 181.245 mph
37. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 29.868s (-0.822) 180.796 mph
38. #37 Mike Skinner Ford 29.904s (-0.858) 180.578 mph
39. #66 Josh Wise Toyota 29.953s (-0.907) 180.282 mph
40. #32 Mike Bliss Ford 30.007s (-0.961) 179.958 mph
41. #46 Scott Speed Ford 30.041s (-0.995) 179.754 mph
42. #71 Andy Lally* Ford 30.124s (-1.078) 179.259 mph
43. #36 Geoffrey Bodine Chevrolet 30.217s (-1.171) 178.707 mph

Practice 2

1. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 28.587s (Leader) 188.897 mph
2. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 28.587s (Leader) 188.897 mph
3. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 28.610s (-0.023) 188.745 mph
4. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 28.648s (-0.061) 188.495 mph
5. #6 David Ragan Ford 28.694s (-0.107) 188.193 mph
6. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 28.700s (-0.113) 188.153 mph
7. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 28.708s (-0.121) 188.101 mph
8. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 28.712s (-0.125) 188.075 mph
9. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 28.733s (-0.146) 187.937 mph
10. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 28.764s (-0.177) 187.735 mph
11. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 28.777s (-0.190) 187.650 mph
12. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 28.810s (-0.223) 187.435 mph
13. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 28.811s (-0.224) 187.428 mph
14. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 28.834s (-0.247) 187.279 mph
15. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 28.842s (-0.255) 187.227 mph
16. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 28.870s (-0.283) 187.045 mph
17. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 28.886s (-0.299) 186.942 mph
18. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 28.942s (-0.355) 186.580 mph
19. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 29.003s (-0.416) 186.188 mph
20. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 29.055s (-0.468) 185.854 mph
21. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 29.063s (-0.476) 185.803 mph
22. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 29.066s (-0.479) 185.784 mph
23. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 29.201s (-0.614) 184.925 mph
24. #51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 29.207s (-0.620) 184.887 mph
25. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 29.219s (-0.632) 184.811 mph
26. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 29.236s (-0.649) 184.704 mph
27. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 29.258s (-0.671) 184.565 mph
28. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 29.260s (-0.673) 184.552 mph
29. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 29.287s (-0.700) 184.382 mph
30. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 29.364s (-0.777) 183.899 mph
31. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 29.395s (-0.808) 183.705 mph
32. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 29.424s (-0.837) 183.524 mph
33. #18 Michael McDowell Toyota 29.436s (-0.849) 183.449 mph
34. #55 J.J. Yeley Ford 29.470s (-0.883) 183.237 mph
35. #135 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 29.627s (-1.040) 182.266 mph
36. #34 David Gilliland Ford 29.669s (-1.082) 182.008 mph
37. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 29.765s (-1.178) 181.421 mph
38. #32 Mike Bliss Ford 29.818s (-1.231) 181.099 mph
39. #71 Andy Lally* Ford 29.867s (-1.280) 180.802 mph
40. #66 Josh Wise Toyota 29.884s (-1.297) 180.699 mph
41. #46 Scott Speed Ford 29.894s (-1.307) 180.638 mph
42. #36 Geoffrey Bodine Chevrolet 30.329s (-1.742) 178.047 mph
43. #37 Mike Skinner Ford

* Demotes Rookie



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