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The 2012 Chase is on and Tony Stewart comes on Big
by B C,posted Sep 19 2011 3:44PM
Tony Stewart starts of the Chase in good form by winning at Chicago: #14 Tony Stewart won the rain delayed “GEICO 400” Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway for his 40th career win and 1st of the season.
The race came down to fuel mileage with several chase drivers running out on the last lap. #29 Kevin Harvick finished 2nd followed by #88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #99 Carl Edwards, #2 Brad Keselowski, #22 Kurt Busch, #33 Clint Bowyer, #39 Ryan Newman, #5 Mark Martin, and #48 Jimmie Johnson. Pole-sitter #17 Matt Kenseth ran out of gas on the last lap and finished 21st after being penalized for receiving a push from another car.
#29 Kevin Harvick now leads the points by 7 over #14 Tony Stewart.
There were 22 lead changes among 10 drivers and 6 cautions
Bran Keselowski wins the Nationwide Race at Chicagoland: #22 Brad Keselowski won the “Dollar General 300” at Chicagoland Speedway, dominating the race by leading 158 laps and finishing 8.5 seconds ahead of second place #60 Carl Edwards. It is his 3rd win of the season and the 15th of his career. The rest of the top 10: #11 Brian Scott, #88 Aric Almirola, #12 Sam Hornish, Jr., #2 Elliott Sadler, #7 Jamie McMurray, #6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., and #33 Paul Menard. There were 3 cautions for 11 laps and 8 lead changes among 5 leaders.
Austin Dillon wins The Camping World Truck Series race at Chicagoland: Austin Dillon, driving the RCR #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet, wins the “Fast Five 225” at Chicagoland Speedway. A two-tire change by Dillon on the final pit stop saw him take over the lead and pick up the checkered flag well ahead of #2 Kevin Harvick. This is Dillon's second win of the season; his fourth career win overall. Kevin Harvick had dominated throughout much of the race, leading 99 laps, but after taking four tires on that final stop, and then spending several laps battling for position with #18 Kyle Busch was unable to catch Austin Dillon in the remaining laps. Kevin Harvick finished second. Rounding out the top ten were; #8 Nelson Piquet Jr. #29 Parker Kligerman, #18 Kyle Busch, #13 Johnny Sauter, #88 Matt Crafton, #7 Miguel Paludo, #60 Cole Whitt, #33 Ron Hornaday Jr. There were 12 lead changes among 7 drivers, with 3 cautions flaps for 15 laps.