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Dickies 500 - Texas Motor Speedway

Johnson Scores Trifecta, Takes Points Lead
Defending NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion Jimmie Johnson wants history to repeat itself. It was at Texas Motor Speedway one year ago that Johnson took the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup points lead and never looked back. Sunday, before a screaming crowd of more than 150,000 fans, Johnson battled hard-luck Matt Kenseth side-by-side over the last 20 laps and finally passed him with two laps to go to capture the Dickies 500 – and as a result, moved to the top of the 2007 Chase standings. Johnson's win, his first at Texas, ninth of this season and third in a row, came at the end of one of the most competitive races in Texas Motor Speedway history, as driver after driver went to the front of the field in a burst of speed. Johnson, however, saved his best for last, running in the top 10 most of the sunny afternoon as pit strategy and track position played a huge role in who ran up front. Johnson's pit crew, led by crew chief Chad Knaus, changed four tires on Johnson's final pit stop. The only cars beating him off pit road were cars that took on just two tires. Both Ryan Newman and Kenseth, as well as a couple others, beat Johnson back on the track with a 26-lap shootout remaining. Trailing Johnson and Kenseth at the finish were pole winner Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Ryan Newman. Jeff Gordon, who came into the event with a nine-point Chase lead over Johnson, finished seventh. Johnson now holds a 30-point lead over Gordon in the Chase with two races remaining – at Phoenix International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Kyle Busch led more laps than anyone in the race but his final pit stop did not match the speed of others and he came out behind most of the frontrunners. Kyle's brother Kurt was also a strong contender before a rash of bad luck cost him laps and track position. The race had a record 12 caution flags and resembled a game of chess with pit strategy playing a huge role in the outcome. Crew chiefs, however, had to make their moves much quicker than a chess player. Chess allows plenty of time to think. Caution flags prompt quick reactions: Pit or don't pit? Two tires or four tires? Can a driver hang on to his track position with used tires? Johnson and Gordon swapped the points lead back and forth throughout the event before Johnson came on so strongly at the finish. Going into next Sunday’s race at Phoenix International Raceway – the next-to-last event of the season – seven of the 12 Chase drivers have been eliminated from championship contention. The top six: Johnson (6,382), Gordon (6.352), Clint Bowyer (6,201), Kyle Busch (6,043), Carl Edwards (6,025) and Tony Stewart (6,009).

Dickies 500 Notes
· Race Results
· Chevrolet Post-Race Quotes
· Ford Post-Race Quotes
· Dodge Post-Race Quotes
· Toyota Post-Race Quotes
· Rookie Post-Race Quotes
· WIX Filters Lap Leader Notes
· Point Standings
· 'Old' Point Standings
· Owner Point Standings
· Final Practice
· Ford Final Practice Quotes
· Dodge Final Practice Quotes
· Rookie Final Practice Quotes
· Practice 2
· Chevrolet Saturday Quotes and Audio
· Dodge Saturday Quotes
· Rookie Saturday Quotes
· Starting Lineup
· Qualifying Results
· Chevrolet Qualifying Quotes
· Dodge Qualifying Quotes
· Toyota Qualifying Quotes
· Ford Qualifying Quotes
· Rookie Qualifying Quotes
· Practice 1
· Qualifying Order
· Chevrolet Friday Quotes and Audio
· Ford Friday Quotes
· Dodge Friday Quotes
· Rookie Friday Quotes
· Entry List
· Weekend Schedule
· Chase Notes
· Raybestos Rookie Notes
· Jeff Gordon Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Clint Bowyer Notes
· Carl Edwards Notes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Kurt Busch Notes
· Denny Hamlin Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· Greg Biffle Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· Bobby Labonte Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Juan Pablo Montoya Notes
· J.J. Yeley Notes
· Reed Sorenson Notes
· David Ragan Notes
· David Stremme Notes
· Elliott Sadler Notes
· Mark Martin Notes
· Tony Raines Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes
· Ricky Rudd Notes
· Paul Menard Notes
· Kyle Petty Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes
· Bill Elliott Notes
· Jeremy Mayfield Notes
· Mike Skinner Notes
· Team Red Bull Notes

Truex Wins First Pole in Tight Texas Qualifying
During an unusually tight qualifying session at Texas Motor Speedway, Martin Truex Jr. won the pole position for Sunday afternoon’s Dickies 500. Truex grabbed his first Bud Pole in 79 career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup starts with a qualifying lap of 27.964 seconds, at an average speed of 193.105 mph. This is his 14th top-10 start in 2007. He had previously started second three times: Loudon, Martinsville and Chicago. Truex becomes the 17th different Bud Pole winner this season – one shy of the modern era record set in 1997 and 2001. This is Truex’s first start better than ninth – and just his second top-10 start - in five races at Texas Motor Speedway. Points leader Jeff Gordon posted the second-fastest qualifying time, after having the quickest lap in Friday’s practice session. This is Gordon’s 12th front-row start this season. Rookie Juan Pablo Montoya will start third, posting his eighth top-10 start of 2007. AJ Allmendinger qualified in the fifth position as the fastest of the drivers required to make the field on time. Allmendinger posted the best starting position of his 17-race NEXTEL Cup career. Six of the 12 Chase drivers qualified in the top-10: Truex, Gordon, Kevin Harvick (fourth), Kurt Busch (sixth), Denny Hamlin (seventh) and Jimmie Johnson (eighth). Clint Bowyer (29th) was the highest qualifying Chase driver.

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