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Dickies 500 - Texas Motor Speedway

Two in a Row Tony, Stewart Wins Deep in the Heart of Texas
Defending NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion Tony Stewart took up where he left off last week, in victory lane, after dominating the Dickies 500 race at Texas Motor Speedway. Stewart, who didn't qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup this year by not finishing in the top 10 after 26 races, led more than two-thirds of the 500-mile race in his Joe Gibbs Chevrolet sponsored by Home Depot. Stewart's bright orange and black machine looked like a rocket on rails as he toured this super-fast track some two-tenth's of a second quicker than his competition on some laps. It was clearly Stewart’s day as the two-time champion dominated this race like no driver has done in quite a while. Even at the end, when Scott Riggs crashed out of turn four with less than 10 laps remaining, Stewart took over on the restart and held off a hard-charging Jimmie Johnson, who finished second to recapture the point lead with two races remaining. Kevin Harvick was third after tangling with Riggs in a battle for position, and Kyle Busch finished fourth. Clint Bowyer was fifth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. sixth. Earnhardt rallied for his finish after hitting the wall midway through the race. Native Texan Terry Labonte, a two-time champion, held the 43rd and final starting position in a race that would signal the end of his fabled career. Labonte was honored at a charity dinner Thursday night and was given two standing ovations at the pre-race driver's meeting. Chase contender Jeff Burton ran over something and blew a right front tire on lap 88, possibly ending his championship hopes. He returned after a lengthy stay in the garage but was well off the pace. Another chase contender, rookie Denny Hamlin, was penalized a lap for leaving his pit stall with pit equipment still attached and Elliott Sadler was also penalized for missing his pit box. Chase leader Matt Kenseth, who had a 26-point lead coming into the Texas race, encountered some sort of problem before the halfway point and fell way back in the field.

Dickies 500 Notes
· Race Results
· Chevrolet Post-Race Quotes
· Ford Post-Race Quotes
· Dodge Post-Race Quotes
· Rookie Post-Race Quotes
· Point Standings
· 'Old' Style Point Standings
· Owner Point Standings
· Final Practice
· Rookie Final Practice Quotes
· Practice 2
· Starting Lineup
· Qualifying Results
· Chevrolet Qualifying Quotes
· Dodge Qualifying Quotes
· Ford Qualifying Quotes
· Rookie Qualifying Quotes
· Practice 1
· Ford Friday Quotes
· Chevrolet Friday Quotes
· Dodge Friday Quotes
· Rookie Friday Quotes
· Qualifying Order
· Entry List
· Weekend Schedule
· Race Notes
· Raybestos Rookie Notes
· Ward Burton Notes
· David Ragan Notes
· Terry Labonte Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Denny Hamlin Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Jeff Gordon Notes
· Mark Martin Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Carl Edwards Notes
· Greg Biffle Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· Brian Vickers Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Clint Bowyer Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes
· Bobby Labonte Notes
· Dale Jarrett Notes
· Elliott Sadler Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Reed Sorenson Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes
· Robby Gordon Notes
· Jeff Green Notes
· Joe Nemechek Notes
· Kyle Petty Notes
· David Stremme Notes
· Michael Waltrip Notes

Vickers Roars to First Pole of the Season
Brian Vickers won his first pole position of the season on Friday, roaring to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Vickers’ qualifying lap in 27.518 seconds, at an average speed of 196.235 mph, broke Bill Elliott’s track-qualifying record of 27.803 seconds, at an average speed of 194.224 mph, set April 5, 2002. The top eight drivers bettered Elliott’s time. Vickers now owns the fastest qualifying lap since Geoff Bodine posted a lap of 197.478 mph at Atlanta in November 1997. This is Vickers’ fourth career pole in 111 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races. He became the 15th different Bud Pole winner this season and the ninth different pole winner in 12 races at Texas Motor Speedway. Elliott Sadler posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of the session and will join Vickers on the front row for the Dickies 500. Sadler posted his fourth top-10 start in 10 races at Texas. It is his third second-place start here. Kurt Busch will start third, just his second top-10 start in eight races at Texas – both this season. Sadler’s teammate Kasey Kahne qualified fourth, his fourth top-four start in five Texas. Jimmie Johnson will round out the top-five starting positions, his third top-10 start in seven races at Texas.

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