Stewarts Fortunes Reverse At Kansas

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There was no fairytale finish for Tony Stewart and the No. 20 The Home Depot Chevrolet team at Kansas Speedway this time. In fact, it was more like a nightmare.

Stewart, who won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event at the 1.5-mile track last October by coasting across the finish line after running out of fuel, developed a tire problem on lap 167, one that resulted in an accident involving Kurt Busch.

Stewart spun and hit the wall, collecting Carl Edwards along the way. The incident relegated Stewart to a disappointing 39th-place finish and cost him several precious points in The Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.

With seven races remaining in The Chase, Stewart is fourth place in the standings, 117 points behind new leader Jimmie Johnson.

The race was plagued by a pair of rain delays. The second came at lap 149 of the scheduled 267-lap event with Stewart leading. The delay lasted two hours and 13 minutes.

Prior to the re-start, NASCAR announced that it would shorten the race to 225 laps to avoid running in the dark.

When the race resumed, Stewart came into the pits for fuel and four fresh tires. Stewart took the green flag still in the lead, but lost it a lap later when he bumped Martin Truex Jr. during a multi-car accident. His car escaped the biggest part of the wreck, but developed a tire rub leading to the incident with Busch.

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