Published on October 5th, 2009 | by Michael J Smith0
Stewart Wins Kansas; Back In Title Hunt
After what some might consider a slump of finishing ninth or worse in the last six races, Tony Stewart returned to victory lane at Kansas Speedway, winning the Price Chopper 400.
Using a two-tire stop, Stewart took the lead in the pits, and held off a hard-charging Jeff Gordon, who had four fresh tires, for the win.
Top 5: Stewart, Gordon, Greg Biffle, Juan Montoya, and Denny Hamlin.
Kasey Kahne, Mark Martin, David Reutimann, Jimmie Johnson, and Carl Edwards finished sixth through 10th, respectively.
Notables: Kurt Busch (11th), Kyle Busch (12th), Brad Keselowski (13th), Marcos Ambrose (14th), Clint Bowyer (21st), Ryan Newman (22nd), Jeff Burton (23rd), Kevin Harvick (24th), Dale Earnhardt Jr (36th), Brian Vickers (37th), and Matt Kenseth (39th).
Brian Vickers spun early, bringing out the caution during green flag pit stops. Then later, his engine blew. He finished 37th and dropped from 10th to 12th in the Sprint Cup standings.
Dale Earnhardt Jr, who started the day strong, leading 41 laps early, had a missing lugnut on a pit stop, which ended up costing him a lap. Later in the race, he made a green flag stop only to see the caution come out shortly after that for Vickers’s spin, costing him a second lap. Then, his engine went south. He finished 36th.