Posts tagged: Chicago

Jul 16 2007

Tony Stewart Wins in Chicago

Tony Stewart wins in Chicagoland
Tony Stewart finally broke the drought, and he did it without getting into it with anyone, well, at least that I noticed. Tony Stewart wins the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway shortly after mending the fence with teammate Denny Hamlin.

Tony Stewart is a winner again.

And one day after a brief but intense lecture from Joe Gibbs, Stewart says his rift with teammate Denny Hamlin has been patched.

Stewart won the Nextel Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, breaking a 20-race winless streak that dated to last season and turning around what had otherwise been a tumultuous week for the two-time series champion.

Between the bad breaks that cost him possible victories earlier in the year and this week’s high-profile feud with Hamlin, Stewart seemed more relieved than elated by the victory — though he still managed to climb the front stretch fence in celebration. Source: Stewart ends tough week with first victory of season

Jimmie Johnson, who was running second at the time, hit the wall with 45 laps to go, with gave second to Matt Kenseth, who almost got Tony on one restart, but Tony held him off with Matt saying that was about his only chance. Carl Edwards finished third, Kevin Harvick fourth and pole sitter Casey Mears finished fifth. Tony’s last win came on Nov. 5, 2006, at Texas Motor Speedway, with DEI struggling and Hendrick motorsports highest finisher at 5th, I saw some articles proclaiming that they are closing the gap on the Hendrick’s cars, but, even if they are, Gordon still gained about 15 points over second place Denny Hamlin.

Here is how they finished:

1 19 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 195/10 267 Running 342,161
2 10 17 Matt Kenseth Ford USG Sheetrock 175/5 267 Running 255,566
3 25 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 165/0 267 Running 179,625
4 14 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 165/5 267 Running 192,986
5 1 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC 160/5 267 Running 151,375
6 35 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 155/5 267 Running 150,133
7 23 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 146/0 267 Running 142,141
8 3 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Mobil 1 142/0 267 Running 136,025
9 11 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Nicorette / DuPont 138/0 267 Running 144,086
10 7 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 139/5 267 Running 111,725
11 33 16 Greg Biffle Ford Aflac 130/0 267 Running 111,875
12 22 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 127/0 267 Running 123,233
13 6 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet CARQUEST / Kellogg’s 124/0 267 Running 108,875
14 4 01 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 121/0 267 Running 118,408
15 30 42 Juan Montoya * Dodge Wrigley’s Big Red 118/0 267 Running 130,575
16 42 38 David Gilliland Ford M&M’s 115/0 267 Running 124,264
17 13 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet FedEx Express 112/0 267 Running 106,450
18 9 45 John Andretti Dodge National Tire & Battery 109/0 267 Running 104,808
19 5 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser 111/5 267 Running 131,658
20 12 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker 103/0 266 Running 129,136
21 41 88 Ricky Rudd Ford Pedigree 100/0 266 Running 119,683
22 18 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Yellow Trans. 97/0 266 Running 87,950
23 37 14 Sterling Marlin Chevrolet Waste Management 94/0 266 Running 99,858
24 40 96 Tony Raines Chevrolet DLP HDTV 91/0 265 Running 95,050
25 32 6 David Ragan * Ford AAA Insurance 88/0 265 Running 122,525
26 20 36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 360 OTC 85/0 265 Running 82,025
27 29 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Comcast 82/0 265 Running 102,072
28 17 21 Bill Elliott Ford Little Debbie 79/0 265 Running 103,339
29 27 13 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet CertainTeed 76/0 264 Running 83,625
30 28 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 73/0 264 Running 80,875
31 26 49 Chad Chaffin Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America 70/0 263 Running 80,175
32 24 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 67/0 262 Running 127,166
33 31 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 64/0 260 Running 101,570
34 38 40 David Stremme Dodge TUMS 61/0 257 Engine 79,575
35 36 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 58/0 243 Accident 107,258
36 39 7 Robby Gordon Ford Jim Beam 55/0 225 Running 79,150
37 8 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 57/5 222 Accident 132,861
38 34 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 49/0 214 Running 86,700
39 2 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 51/5 211 Engine 104,845
40 15 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 43/0 199 Accident 86,280
41 43 4 Ward Burton Chevrolet Lucas Oil / State Water Heaters 40/0 197 Accident 78,080
42 16 15 Paul Menard * Chevrolet Turtle Wax Ice / Menards 37/0 132 Running 77,910
43 21 00 David Reutimann * Toyota Burger King 34/0 43 Engine 77,976

Jul 14 2007

Casey Mears Continues Roll, Gets Pole in Chicago

Casey Mears continues his run this past month or so, grabbing the pole for this year’s race in Chicago, the USG Sheetrock 400. Mears bumped Martin Truex Jr. late, on what would have been his first career pole, Ryan Newman, who said there is already a second groove out there, qualified third, Mark Martin qualified fourth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. qualified in the fifth position.

It was Mears’ third career pole, and the latest in a series of benchmarks that indicate improvement for the 29-year-old nephew of four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rick Mears.

Mears joined the elite Hendrick Motorsports team this year and won his first career race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in May.

And Mears said he got a little boost in qualifying on Friday when a cloud floated over Turns 3 and 4 during his lap to cool off the track and make it slightly less slippery.

Can one cloud really help a driver go faster in qualifying?

“Whether it’s in my head or there’s grip on the track, I always go faster when there’s a cloud out,” Mears said. Source: Surging Mears edges Truex for pole position at Chicago

Michael Waltrip qualified for only his fourth race of the year, qualifying in the 28th position. Here is how they qualified:

1 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC 182.556 29.580 Leader
2 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 182.476 29.593 -0.013
3 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Mobil 1 182.463 29.595 -0.015
4 01 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 182.297 29.622 -0.042
5 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser 182.272 29.626 -0.046
6 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet CARQUEST / Kellogg’s 181.885 29.689 -0.109
7 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 181.653 29.727 -0.147
8 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 181.580 29.739 -0.159
9 45 John Andretti Dodge National Tire & Battery 181.427 29.764 -0.184
10 17 Matt Kenseth Ford USG Sheetrock 181.409 29.767 -0.187
11 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Nicorette / DuPont 181.330 29.780 -0.200
12 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker 181.263 29.791 -0.211
13 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet FedEx Express 181.226 29.797 -0.217
14 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 181.147 29.810 -0.230
15 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 181.038 29.828 -0.248
16 15 Paul Menard* Chevrolet Turtle Wax Ice / Menards 180.959 29.841 -0.261
17 21 Bill Elliott Ford Little Debbie 180.808 29.866 -0.286
18 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Yellow Trans. 180.693 29.885 -0.305
19 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 180.638 29.894 -0.314
20 36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 360 OTC 180.632 29.895 -0.315
21 00 David Reutimann* Toyota Burger King 180.602 29.900 -0.320
22 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 180.536 29.911 -0.331
23 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 180.463 29.923 -0.343
24 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 180.319 29.947 -0.367
25 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 180.312 29.948 -0.368
26 49 Chad Chaffin Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America 180.210 29.965 -0.385
27 13 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet CertainTeed 180.198 29.967 -0.387
28 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 180.174 29.971 -0.391
29 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Comcast 180.150 29.975 -0.395
30 42 Juan Montoya* Dodge Wrigley’s Big Red 179.910 30.015 -0.435
31 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 179.874 30.021 -0.441
32 6 David Ragan* Ford AAA Insurance 179.850 30.025 -0.445
33 16 Greg Biffle Ford Aflac 179.778 30.037 -0.457
34 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 179.671 30.055 -0.475
35 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 179.653 30.058 -0.478
36 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 179.563 30.073 -0.493
37 14 Sterling Marlin Chevrolet Waste Management 179.444 30.093 -0.513
38 40 David Stremme Dodge TUMS 179.354 30.108 -0.528
39 7 Robby Gordon+ Ford Jim Beam 178.749 30.210 -0.630
40 96 Tony Raines+ Chevrolet DLP HDTV 178.731 30.213 -0.633
41 88 Ricky Rudd+ Ford Pedigree 178.601 30.235 -0.655
42 38 David Gilliland+ Ford M&M’s 178.182 30.306 -0.726
43 4 Ward Burton Chevrolet Lucas Oil / State Water Heaters 179.581 30.070 -0.490

Here are the cars that did not qualify:
44 10 Scott Riggs Dodge Stanley Tools / Valvoline 179.134 30.145 -0.565
45 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 178.980 30.171 -0.591
46 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS 178.766 30.207 -0.627
47 84 A.J. Allmendinger* Toyota Red Bull 178.642 30.228 -0.648
48 37 Kevin Lepage Dodge Front Row Motorsports 178.353 30.277 -0.697
49 78 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 178.200 30.303 -0.723

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