Earnhardt Clinches Chicago Win

Dale Earnhardt Jr. clinched his first win of the year after a hard-fought battle at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday night

Earnhardt Clinches Chicago Win

Popular Earnhardt, commonly known as Junior, took the race lead with only 11 laps to go, and thereafter held off a hard-charging Matt Kenseth, who finished a quarter of a second behind the winner.

This was the first win for Earnhardt since November last year.

Behind Earnhardt and Kenseth was points leader Jimmie Johnson in third, Brian Vickers in fourth and Tony Stewart in fifth position.

Pos  Driver               Make         Laps
 1.  Dale Earnhardt Jr.   Chevrolet    267
 2.  Matt Kenseth         Ford         267
 3.  Jimmie Johnson       Chevrolet    267
 4.  Brian Vickers        Chevrolet    267
 5.  Tony Stewart         Chevrolet    267
 6.  Jeremy Mayfield      Dodge        267
 7.  Ricky Rudd           Ford         267
 8.  Kurt Busch           Ford         267
 9.  Casey Mears          Dodge        267
10.  Mark Martin          Ford         267
11.  Greg Biffle          Ford         267
12.  Rusty Wallace        Dodge        267
13.  Bobby Labonte        Chevrolet    267
14.  Kyle Busch           Chevrolet    267
15.  Joe Nemechek         Chevrolet    267
16.  David Stremme        Dodge        267
17.  Scott Wimmer         Dodge        267
18.  Dale Jarrett         Ford         267
19.  Kevin Harvick        Chevrolet    267
20.  Jason Leffler        Chevrolet    267
21.  Bobby Hamilton Jr.   Chevrolet    267
22.  Jamie McMurray       Dodge        267
23.  Scott Riggs          Chevrolet    267
24.  Jeff Green           Dodge        267
25.  Mike Wallace         Chevrolet    267
26.  Ken Schrader         Dodge        267
27.  Kyle Petty           Dodge        267
28.  Kevin Lepage         Dodge        267
29.  Ryan Newman          Dodge        262
30.  Jeff Burton          Chevrolet    260
31.  Stuart Kirby         Chevrolet    259
32.  Sterling Marlin      Dodge        253
33.  Jeff Gordon          Chevrolet    249
34.  Mike Bliss           Chevrolet    249
35.  Robby Gordon         Chevrolet    222
36.  Michael Waltrip      Chevrolet    214
37.  Elliott Sadler       Ford         210
38.  Dave Blaney          Chevrolet    200
39.  Carl Edwards         Ford         170
40.  Carl Long            Chevrolet    148
41.  Kasey Kahne          Dodge        138
42.  Terry Labonte        Chevrolet    124
43.  Travis Kvapil        Dodge         13
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