Stewart Powers to Texas Win

FORT WORTH, Texas — Tony Stewart dominated at Texas on the way to his fourth Cup win of the season ahead of Carl Edwards. He led 174 laps of the 334-lap Texas 500 and is now just three points behind Edwards, the Chase leader, with only two races left.

“We did everything we could do today, and I guess we did it better than Carl,” said Stewart. “The team made all the right calls on the car. I knew if I could get out front on the restarts, I could stay there.”

Edwards, who qualified seventh, lost eight points to Stewart.

“I went over to Tony and congratulated him,” said Edwards. “He did a great job. I don’t want to take anything away from my guys because they did an awesome job getting me out of the pits.

“I could run with Tony, but I spun my tires on one of the restarts. I’ve got to give him credit for doing a good job. We lost points today, but I think it’s going to be awesome for me and Tony in the next two races.”

The remaining top-10 finishers were: Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Martin Truex, Clint Bowyer and A. J. Allmendinger.

With only the Phoenix and Homestead races left, it looks like this year’s championship will be won by either Edwards or Stewart. There is only a three-point separation between Edwards and Stewart, but it’s another 30 points back to third-place Kevin Harvick.

It’s a two-man Race to the Chase. The other 10 drivers can only look forward to 2012.

Top 12 Chase leaders after 34 of 36:

1. Edwards-2,316
2. Stewart-2,313
3. Harvick-2,283
4. Kenseth-2,278
5. Keselowski-2,267
6. Johnson-2,261
7. Earnhardt-2,237
8. J. Gordon-2,235
9. Kurt Busch-2,229
10. Hamlin-2,217
11. Kyle Busch-2,216
12. Newman-2,213


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