Monday, September 6, 2010

Stewart Ends Drought; Wins for Third Time at Atlanta

HAMPTON, Ga. -- Ten drivers have locked up spots in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
No one is feeling better about his chances than Tony Stewart.
The car owner raced the No. 14 Chevy to his first win of the year, pulling away from Carl Edwards off the final restart Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
"Ring the bell, baby!" Stewart screamed over the radio as he took the checkered flag for his 38th career victory, and third at Atlanta.
On a night when much of the racing was fender to fender, Stewart beat Edwards by a comfortable 1.316 seconds for his first victory since Oct. 4, 2009, at Kansas, leaving Edwards winless since the 2008 season finale.
Jimmie Johnson was third, followed by Jeff Burtonand Kyle Busch.
"I don't know if we have peaked yet," said Stewart, who snapped a 31-race winless streak that was the second-longest of his 12-year career. "I think we've got room to be better."
Ten drivers have now clinched spots in the 12-man Chase for the Sprint Cup championship going into the final race before the playoff begins, led by points leader Kevin HarvickJeff Gordon, Busch, Stewart, Edwards, Burton, Johnson, Kurt BuschMatt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin are also heading to the 10-race playoff.

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