Oct 30 2006

Stewart Wins Another Chase Race, Wins in Atlanta

Like him or not, and I’ve probably said this before, Tony Stewart is a race car driver. I know I was glad when he didn’t make it because he’s always a threat to win, anywhere at anytime, even if he didn’t win any of the Chase races last year.

“It’s better than last year,” said Stewart after jumping out of his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet. “We were in it last year and couldn’t win any of these, so it’s a lot of fun.”

Hard to believe that Jimmie Johnson is back in the hunt, only 26 points behind Kenseth, when he was 156 points behind with just three races ago, hard to go wrong when you finish 2nd, 1st and then 2nd.

Burton wound up 13th, a lap down, after having to pit under green late in the race with a flat tire; Kyle Busch crashed in the early going and wound up 27th; Kevin Harvick had handling problems all day and finished 31st; Mark Martin got caught up in the late crash and wound up 36th; and Kasey Kahne, who won at Atlanta in March and was the prerace favorite, crashed and finished 38th.

Was just watching Sports Center and they said something about someone getting in trouble, but they haven’t mentioned it since, wonder if Robbie Gordon did get busted throwing that padding out of his window?

Standings with three races to go:

1. — M. Kenseth Leader
2. +1 J. Johnson -26
3. +1 D. Hamlin -65
4. +2 D. Earnhardt Jr. -84
5. — J. Burton -84
6. -4 K. Harvick -121
7. +2 J. Gordon -146
8. -1 M. Martin -201
9. -1 K. Kahne -210
10. — Ky. Busch -249

Okay, they just mentioned it, but that’s all they did, mention it. Said Robbie denied it and Nascar doesn’t have an instant replay system in place. False advertising I say. ;)

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