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Tony Stewart won the Kobalt Tools 400 Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas, proving just how serious he is about retaining his championship in 2012.
Reigning series champion Tony Stewart survived four late restarts and a final four lap shootout with Jimmie Johnson to clinch his first Cup victory of 2012 with the Kobalt Tools 400 in Las Vegas on Sunday afternoon.

Stewart led for 127 of the 267 laps of the race on his way to his 45th victory in 467 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts, the first time that he's won at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 14 attempts.

A late fuel pickup problem wrecked Brad Keselowski's hopes of challenging for the chequered flag, while early leader Dale Earnhardt Jr was left fuming about former team mate Mark Martin, the rear of whose car he ploughed into 25 laps from the end.

Third place finisher Greg Biffle takes over the lead in the Sprint Cup championship after former leader Denny Hamlin slumped to a 20th place finish in the race, at one point even getting lapped by the leaders. Biffle is now 10pts ahead of Kevin Harvick in the points standings, with Tony Stewart moving up eight spots to seventh place after his Vegas win.

Race results

1. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 267 laps 2h 54m 44s (48/2 pts)
2. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 267 laps + 0.461s (43/1 pts)
3. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 267 laps + 1.526s (42/1 pts)
4. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 267 laps + 1.919s (40/0 pts)
5. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 267 laps + 2.371s (39/0 pts)
6. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 267 laps + 3.291s (39/1 pts)
7. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 267 laps + 3.423s (37/0 pts)
8. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 267 laps + 3.819s (36/0 pts)
9. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 267 laps + 4.465s (0pts)
10. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 267 laps + 4.664s (35/1 pts)
11. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 267 laps + 4.832s (34/1 pts)
12. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 267 laps + 5.722s (33/1 pts)
13. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 267 laps + 5.762s (31/0 pts)
14. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 267 laps + 6.207s (30/0 pts)
15. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 267 laps + 6.505s (29/0 pts)
16. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 267 laps + 6.517s (28/0 pts)
17. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 267 laps + 6.744s (27/0 pts)
18. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 267 laps + 6.891s (26/0 pts)
19. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 267 laps + 7.127s (25/0 pts)
20. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 267 laps + 7.599s (24/0 pts)
21. #34 David Ragan Ford 267 laps + 8.145s (24/1 pts)
22. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 267 laps + 12.983s (23/1 pts)
23. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 267 laps + 1 lap (21/0 pts)
24. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 267 laps + 1 lap (20/0 pts)
25. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 264 laps + 3 laps (19/0 pts)
26. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 264 laps + 3 laps (18/0 pts)
27. #13 Casey Mears Ford 264 laps + 3 laps (17/0 pts)
28. #30 David Stremme Toyota 263 laps + 4 laps (16/0 pts)
29. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 263 laps + 4 laps (15/0 pts)
30. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 263 laps + 4 laps (14/0 pts)
31. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 261 laps + 6 laps (13/0 pts)
32. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 259 laps + 8 laps (13/1 pts)
33. #38 David Gilliland Ford 258 laps + 9 laps (11/0 pts)
34. #33 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 252 laps + 15 laps (10/0 pts)
35. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 251 laps Accident (9/0 pts)
36. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 240 laps Engine (8/0 pts)
37. #22 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge 238 laps + 29 laps (8/1 pts)
38. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 148 laps Accident (6/0 pts)
39. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 123 laps Engine (5/0 pts)
40. #26 Josh Wise * Ford 64 laps Brakes (4/0 pts)
41. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 44 laps Vibration (0pts)
42. #37 Timmy Hill* Ford 42 laps Accident (2/0 pts)
43. #249 J.J. Yeley Toyota 39 laps Engine (1/0 pts)

Sprint Cup championship standings

1. (+1) Greg Biffle 125pts
2. (+1) Kevin Harvick 115pts (-10pts)
3. (-2) Denny Hamlin 113pts (-12pts)
4. (+1) Dale Earnhardt Jr. 107pts (-18pts)
5. (-1) Matt Kenseth 102pts (-23pts)
6. (+4) Carl Edwards 102pts (-23pts)
7. (+8) Tony Stewart 100pts (-25pts)
8. (-2) Martin Truex Jr. 98pts (-27pts)
9. (-1) Joey Logano 98pts (-27pts)
10. (-3) Mark Martin 97pts (-28pts)
11. (+3) Paul Menard 89pts (-36pts)
12. (-3) Kyle Busch 87pts (-38pts)
13. (+5) Ryan Newman 86pts (-39pts)
14. (+3) Clint Bowyer 86pts (-39pts)
15. (-2) Jeff Burton 82pts (-43pts)
16. (-5) Bobby Labonte 76pts (-49pts)
17. (+5) Jeff Gordon 75pts (-50pts)
18. (+3) Marcos Ambrose 74pts (-51pts)
19. (--) Regan Smith 74pts (-51pts)
20. (-4) Dave Blaney 66pts (-59pts)
21. (-9) Brad Keselowski 65pts (-60pts)
22. (-2) Aric Almirola 63pts (-62pts)
23. (+14) Jimmie Johnson 61pts (-64pts)
24. (-1) Juan Montoya 60pts (-65pts)
25. (+11) Jamie McMurray 57pts (-68pts)
26. (+6) Kasey Kahne 50pts (-75pts)
27. (-3) David Gilliland 48pts (-77pts)
28. (+7) David Ragan 45pts (-80pts)
29. (-3) Kurt Busch 44pts (-81pts)
30. (-5) A.J. Allmendinger 44pts (-81pts)
31. (+2) Casey Mears 41pts (-84pts)
32. (-5) Landon Cassill 39pts (-86pts)
33. (-4) David Reutimann 39pts (-86pts)
34. (--) David Stremme 38pts (-87pts)
35. (-4) Travis Kvapil 30pts (-95pts)
36. (-8) Terry Labonte 27pts (-98pts)
37. (+2) Brendan Gaughan 27pts (-98pts)
38. (-8) Tony Raines 25pts (-100pts)
39. (+1) Michael McDowell 21pts (-104pts)
40. (-2) J.J. Yeley 19pts (-106pts)
41. (--) Ken Schrader 14pts (-111pts)
42. (-1) Josh Wise* 10pts (-115pts)
43. (-1) Robby Gordon 6pts (-119pts)
44. (+7) Timmy Hill* 2pts (-123pts)
45. (-2) Scott Riggs 2pts (-123pts)

* Denotes Rookie
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