Reutimann Reigns In Chicago

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JOLIET, Ill. - David Reutimann scored his second career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win Saturday night when he drove to victory lane in the LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.

Reutimann's first series win came in a rain-shortened Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May of 2009. But the Michael Waltrip Racing driver didn't need any help from Mother Nature to pick up the checkered flag Saturday night in The Windy City.

"No rain tonight," Reutimann said. "We earned this one, no one gave it to us. I heard so much stuff for winning that rain-shortened race. Tonight we earned it."

After a heated battle with Jeff Gordon, Reutimann was able to pass the No. 24 for good on lap 213. Reutimann then led up until his last pit stop on lap 231 and then regained the top spot on lap 236 to go on to take the win by 0.727 seconds over Carl Edwards.

Edwards, Gordon, Clint Bowyer and pole sitter Jamie McMurray rounded out the top five.

It's cool to see how happy (he) is," said Edwards. "He's a nice guy; he's a humble, nice person. He's the first guy to congratulate you on something and the first to apologize if he feels like he's done something wrong.

"We all hang out with each other each week, but you'd hang out with him on an off weekend."

Kasey Kahne, Jeff Burton, Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart and Paul Menard completed the top ten finishers.

It was a rough night for series point leader Kevin Harvick who had a fuel pump problem ruin his race and end any chance of following up his win last Saturday night in Daytona with another victory. The Richard Childress Racing driver was credited with a 34th place finish.

Jimmie Johnson had a strong car in the early going and had the Lowe's Chevrolet in front of the field for the first 92 laps of the race. But Johnson spun racing closely with Martin Truex, Jr. out of turn two and slid through the backstretch infield grass.

He was able to return and moved into the top twenty before cutting a tire and slapping the wall on lap 169. Johnson's night ended with a 25th place finish.

The biggest incident of the night came on lap 180 when Bill Elliott spun in turn two and Robby Gordon slammed hard into the side of the disabled Ford. Both drivers were uninjured in the crash that severely damaged both cars.

"I cut a tire and from there I was just along for the ride," said Elliott.

The Sprint Cup Series takes next weekend off before returning to action on Sunday, July 25 for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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