2011-11-10 / Sports

Stewart Powers To Texas Win

By Gerald Hodges
THE RACING REPORTER

FT. WORTH, Texas – Tony Stewart dominated at Texas on the way to his fourth Cup win of the season ahead of Carl Edwards. He led 174 laps of the 334-lap Texas 500, and is now just three points behind Edwards, the Chase leader, with only two races left. Edwards, who qualified seventh, lost eight points to Stewart.

The remaining top-10 finishers were: Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Martin Truex, Clint Bowyer, and A. J. Allmendinger.

With only the Phoenix and Homestead races left, it looks like this year’s championship will be won by either Edwards or Stewart. There is only a three-point separation between Edwards and Stewart, but it’s another 30 points back to third-place, Kevin Harvick. It’s a twoman Race to the Chase. The other 10 drivers can only look forward to 2012.

Top-12 Chase leaders after 34 of 36: 1. Edwards-2316, 2. Stewart-2313, 3. Harvick- 2283, 4. Kenseth-2278, 5. Keselowski 2267, 6. Johnson- 2261, 7. Earnhardt-2237, 8. J. Gordon-2235, 9. Kurt Busch- 2229, 10. Hamlin-2217, 11. Kyle Busch-2216, 12. Newman 2213

Trevor Bayne passed teammate Carl Edwards with six laps to go in Saturday’s Nationwide race at Texas for his first series win.

Bayne crossed the finish line .142 seconds ahead of Denny Hamlin and Edwards, who had dominated the event until the final caution flew on Lap 189 of the 200-lap race. Clint Bowyer and Brad Keselowski finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Series leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished sixth, followed by Sam Hornish, Joey Logano, Elliott Sadler, and Brian Vickers.

Top-10 leaders after 33 of 35: 1. Stenhouse-1138, 2. Sadler-1121, 3. Allgaier-1039, 4. Almirola-1039, 5. Sorenson- 1034, 6. Leffler-938, 7. K. Wallace 925, 8. Scott-909, 9. S. Wallace 896, 10. Annett-884

NASCAR parked Kyle Busch for his actions on the track during Friday night’s Truck race. He was not allowed to participate in Saturday’s Nationwide or Sunday’s Cup races. He was replaced in the Cup race by Michael Mc- Dowell and by Denny Hamlin in the Nationwide race.

As they ran three-wide early in Friday’s race, Ron Hornaday moved up the track, causing Kyle Busch, running on the outside, to hit the wall. Hornaday also hit it. As they slowly went around the track under caution Busch ran up on the rear of Hornaday and continued to bump his truck until Hornaday smacked the wall head-on.

There have been incidents between Harvick, Hornaday and Kyle Busch in the past. Richard Childress, who Harvick drives for in the Cup Series, jumped on Busch a couple months ago and blackened one of his eyes.

Busch issued a letter of apology to Hornaday, saying he took full responsibility for his actions.

Kevin Harvick won the race followed by Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, Nelson Piquet, Matt Crafton, Joey Coulter, Johnny Sauter, Ricky Carmichael, Miguel Paludo and Justin Lofton.

Top-10 leaders after 24 of 25: 1. A. Dillon-854, 2. Sauter- 834, 3. Buescher-826, 4. Hornaday 806, 5. Peters-796, 6. Bodine-775, 7. Crafton-759, 8. Coulter-757, 9. Whitt-742, 10. Piquet-712

The wait is over. Danica Patrick’s limited 2011 Cup Series, schedule for Stewart- Haas Racing was announced at Texas Motor Speedway. Co-owner Tony Stewart announced Patrick’s slate of Sprint Cup races in 2012 and revealed that she will drive the No.10.

Patrick, a seven-year veteran of the IZOD IndyCar Series where she became the first woman in series history to win a race, is making the full transition to stock cars in 2012, competing in the entire NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule for JR Motorsports and a 10- race Sprint Cup schedule for Stewart-Haas Racing.

“Long before I even came to NASCAR, I talked to Tony and used him as a sounding board, whether it was in regard to what I was doing in Indy cars or what I was thinking about doing in NASCAR,” Patrick said. “He was always honest with me and really helped prepare me for what was ahead. I know he’s going to be very involved in my Sprint Cup career, and with the conversations we’ve had with each other, we feel this schedule and this plan is the best way to get me acclimated to Sprint Cup racing as quickly as possible.”

Weekend racing: The Nationwide and Cup teams are at Phoenix. The Truck teams do not see action again until the last race of the season on Nov. 20 at Homestead, Fla.

Sat., Nov. 12, Nationwide Wypall 200, race 33 of 34; starting time: 3 pm; TV: ESPN2. Sun., Nov. 13, Sprint Cup Kobalt Tools 500.

Racing trivia question: Which Nationwide team does Elliott Sadler drive for?

Last week’s question: Where is Kenny Wallace’s hometown? Answer. It is Fenton, Miss., just outside St. Louis.

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