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Crown Royal Presents the Jim Stewart 400 - Richmond International Raceway

Johnson Wins Rain Delayed Race in Richmond
Jimmie Johnson took the lead when it counted Sunday at Richmond International Raceway to win the rain delayed Crown Royal Presents the Jim Stewart 400. Johnson ran near the front throughout the sunny afternoon and took the lead for good shortly after a restart with 20 laps remaining. A crowd of more than 100,000 watched Johnson's teammate Jeff Gordon lead most of the first half of this postponed event originally scheduled for Saturday night. Johnson passed teammate Kyle Busch for the win with 19 laps to go and didn't look back. Denny Hamlin was third and Gordon fourth. Kurt Busch was fifth. Ryan Newman was sixth, passing Kevin Harvick on the final lap. Harvick was the class of the field at one point but a pit road accident damaged the right front of his car and slowed it down. Harvick, nonetheless, held on for a seventh-place finish. Tony Stewart was eighth. Rounding out the top 10 were Clint Bowyer and Matt Kenseth. Fourteen caution periods slowed the pace in a race where side-by-side racing in NASCAR's new, winged cars was commonplace. The victory was Johnson's fourth of the year and owner Rick Hendricks' seventh of the season. The first caution of the day fell before the cars had time to lay some rubber down on the “green” track. Saturday night's rain washed the track clean and Johnny Sauter's Chevy slid up the track into the Chevy driven by Casey Mears. Only three laps had been completed. Gordon, starting from the pole position, stayed in front until a NASCAR-mandated competition caution slowed the field after 40 laps. Elliott Sadler brought the caution out on lap 102, spinning through the tri-oval. Gordon once again came out of the pits in front. On lap 130, Daytona 500 winner Harvick went to the front ahead of Hamlin and Gordon. Johnson and Biffle were running fourth and fifth at the time. Hamlin took a turn up front at 162 laps and Kurt Busch had moved past Jeff Gordon into fourth place. Harvick passed Hamlin again on lap 172. Harvick's teammate Jeff Burton pulled behind pit wall with engine problems shortly before the 200-lap halfway point. Harvick held the lead with Hamlin, Busch, Johnson and Gordon right behind. Kyle Busch was running sixth, Biffle seventh, Green eighth, Martin Truex Jr., ninth and Earnhardt Jr., 10th. The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series top 12 now looks like this: Gordon, Johnson, Kenseth, Hamlin, Burton, Kyle Busch, Stewart, Harvick, Kurt Busch, Bowyer, Carl Edwards and Earnhardt Jr.

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Gordon to Start from Fourth Pole in a Row
Four weeks ago when qualifying was rained out in Texas, Jeff Gordon started from the pole position when the field was set by the NASCAR rule book. On Friday evening, Gordon won the Bud Pole for the Crown Royal presents The Jim Stewart 400 at Richmond, to capture his fourth top starting spot in a row. Gordon lapped Richmond International Raceway in 21.386 seconds, at an average speed of 126.251 mph, to earn his 61st Bud Pole in 483 career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races. He remains fourth on the all-time Bud Pole winners list – nine behind third place Cale Yarborough (70). This is Gordon’s fifth pole position and eighth top-10 start this year. This is his fifth Bud Pole at Richmond. He has started from the top 10 in 23 of his 29 races here. The most recent driver to win three consecutive Bud Poles was Ryan Newman, who posted four in a row from Oct. 16, through Nov. 7, 2004. Carl Edwards (second) posted just his third top-10 start of the 2007 season and his best since he won the pole for the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2005. Scott Riggs (third) has started from the top 10 in seven races this season, including each of the past three. This is his best start since he started second at Homestead in 2006. Dale Jarrett failed to qualify, ending a streak of 424 consecutive races that dated to North Wilkesboro on Oct. 2, 1994.

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