Racingone Rewind: Texas

    A look back at Tony Stewart's 29th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series win in Sunday's Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway including news, notes and observations by RacingOne's own Pete Pistone and Jeff Wackerlin.

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    Inside Line
    The record book will show Tony Stewart dominated Sunday's Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway by leading a record 278 laps on his way to his second-straight series win. Race Story

    Keys to Victory Lane
    Stewart held off Jimmie Johnson in a green-white-checkered finish to score his third win of the "Chase for the Championship" season and 29th career win.

    Zero to Hero
    Kyle Petty started 35th and went on to score his best finish at Texas in 11th.

    Hero to Zero
    Evernham Motorsports' trio had bad luck Sunday, with Elliott Sadler's early problem, Kasey Kahne's blown engine and Scott Riggs' late race crash.

    Rookie of the Race
    Friday night's truck winner Clint Bowyer was the top-finishing rookie after bringing home the Jack Daniel's Chevrolet to a fifth-place finish. "Chase" contender Denny Hamlin finished 10th for his 18th top 10 of 2006.

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. battled a sickness all day and a scrape with the wall to finish sixth. Casey Mears and Kurt Busch finished seventh and eighth, respectively, and were the only other non-Chase drivers besides Stewart and Bowyer to finish in the top 10.

    What's the Points?
    Johnson took the lead by 17 over Kenseth with Earnhardt Jr., third, 78 behind, Denny Hamlin, fourth, 80 out and Kevin Harvick, fifth, 105 behind.

    Dickies 500 Loop Data Leaders
  • Average Running Position: Tony Stewart - 1.9
  • Fastest Early In a Run: Tony Stewart - 182.053 mph
  • Fastest Late In a Run: Martin Truex Jr. - 175.351 mph
  • Fastest in Turn 1: Clint Bowyer - 186.022 mph
  • Fastest in Turn 2: Tony Stewart - 170.559 mph
  • Fastest in Turn 3: Tony Stewart - 179.440 mph
  • Fastest in Turn 4: Tony Stewart - 174.150 mph
  • Fastest Laps Run: Tony Stewart - 118
  • Fastest on Restarts: Tony Stewart - 180.221 mph
  • Most Passes During Green Flag Conditions: Matt Kenseth - 95

    Pit Stops
  • Tony Stewart captured his 29th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series win - first at Texas - in his 282nd start. The win was also his seventh top 10 at Texas. Detailed Active Driver Wins
  • Stewart won the 54th race for car owner Joe Gibbs. Detailed Active Car Owner Wins
  • Stewart, who started eighth, became the ninth driver to win at Texas from a top-10 starting position. He also became the 37th driver overall to win a race from eighth. Starting Position Facts
  • Stewart led the most laps, leading eight times for a Texas record 278 laps Lap Summary
  • Stewart won the 22nd race of the season for Chevrolet. It was also the 595th overall win for the manufacturer. All-Time Manufacturer Wins
  • Jimmie Johnson's second-place finish was his sixth top 10 at Texas.
  • Kevin Harvick captured his best finish in eight starts by finishing third.
  • Kyle Busch finished fourth to mark his first top 10 at TMS is four starts.
  • Clint Bowyer has now finished 19th and fifth, respectively, in his two starts at Texas.
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr's sixth-place finish was his eighth consecutive top 10 with chassis No. 39.
  • Casey Mears (seventh) captured his fourth finish of seventh or better at Texas.
  • Kurt Busch's eighth-place finish was his 11th top 10 of 2006.
  • Jeff Gordon (ninth) scored his first top 10 at TMS - fifth overall - since finishing third in 2004.
  • Denny Hamlin's finishing average at Texas slipped from 5.5 to 7.0 after he finished 10th in his third track start.
  • The 339-lap race saw 23 lead changes among 13 drivers and an average speed of 134.891 mph.
  • Twelve caution flags were thrown for 51 laps.
  • The Dickies 500 lasted 3 hours, 46 minutes, 11 seconds.

    Lug Nuts
  • The race may not have been a barn burner, but the Texas fans were out in force with another giant crowd at TMS.
  • Sad to see Terry Labonte's career end in a whimper.
  • On the other hand, good to see Kyle Petty with yet another great run for Petty Enterprises.
  • Anyone know what happened to Ryan Newman? Not in the race, we mean this season.
  • Wonder how CNBC's ratings were once the post-race show was handed off by NBC?
  • Scott Riggs was hopping mad at Kevin Harvick and with good reason. Getting runover at nearly 200 mph has to be no fun.

    Garage Talk
  • "It's going to Homestead. I can promise you that. I don't care what the crew chief says. I'm driving this car at Homestead." -Tony Stewart on his winning car
  • "The first part of the race, I was a mess. It was grueling for me. I could concentrate for about three laps and then I'd have two laps to where I just couldn't get nothing done and I was just all over the place just feeling sick." -Dale Earnhardt Jr. on being sick.
  • "There was only one battle for the lead all night and that was me and Tony." -Kasey Kahne
  • "Anyway I'd like to thank all the fans here in Texas. It's just been a great ride. On one hand I guess it's sad but on the other hand I'm excited about it." -Terry Labonte on his final race.
  • "We just didn't have that good of a car tonight." -Robby Reiser on the No. 17 car's performance.
  • "I can't believe how fast we were running around this race track as we were driving." -Jimmie Johnson
  • "We've got some momentum at the end of the season and hopefully we can carry it over to the start of 2007." -Kyle Petty

    RacingOne Rating
    On a scale of one to ten boxes of corn flakes (as a salute to Terry Labonte's 1996 championship sponsor), we'll give Sunday's Dickies 500 a five. A pretty boring race most of the day, with Stewart dominating yet again. A few spots of excitement with Kahne's charge and the overtime finish, but although things may be bigger in Texas, Sunday's race wasn't one of them. Now it's back out west to Phoenix for next Sunday's Checker Auto Parts 500.

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