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Stewart Leads with Brickyard Win

Tony Stewart shot to the top of the Nextel Cup points standing after winning the Brickyard 400 today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

This was Stewart's fourth win in the last six races, placing the Indiana native 75 points ahead of Jimmie Johnson, who crashed on lap 145 today to retire from the race.


The win was an emotional one for Stewart, who said he had dreamed of a home victory for his entire career.

"I'm dying right now," Stewart said, getting out of the car. "Too tired to chase fences right now. Give me five minutes and I'll be ready."

Asked about finally winning at Indy, he said: "I wish I could put it into words. It's been my entire life."

Stewart fought a hard charging Kasey Kahne in the latter stages of the race, with Stewart leading 44 laps while Kahne, as well as pole-sitter Elliott Sadler, each led 39 laps. Sadler, however, finished a lap down, while Kahne finished in second.

Brian Vickers was third, followed by Jeremy Mayfield and Matt Kenseth.

Pos  Driver              Make        Laps
 1.  Tony Stewart        Chevrolet   160
 2.  Kasey Kahne         Dodge       160
 3.  Brian Vickers       Chevrolet   160
 4.  Jeremy Mayfield     Dodge       160
 5.  Matt Kenseth        Ford        160
 6.  Casey Mears         Dodge       160
 7.  Mark Martin         Ford        160
 8.  Jeff Gordon         Chevrolet   160
 9.  Sterling Marlin     Dodge       160
10.  Kyle Busch          Chevrolet   160
11.  Mike Bliss          Chevrolet   160
12.  Carl Edwards        Ford        160
13.  Kyle Petty          Dodge       160
14.  Dale Jarrett        Ford        160
15.  Jeff Green          Dodge       160
16.  Michael Waltrip     Chevrolet   160
17.  Jamie McMurray      Dodge       160
18.  Kurt Busch          Ford        160
19.  Kevin Harvick       Chevrolet   160
20.  Jeff Burton         Chevrolet   160
21.  Greg Biffle         Ford        160
22.  Ken Schrader        Dodge       160
23.  Bill Elliott        Dodge       160
24.  Robby Gordon        Chevrolet   160
25.  Rusty Wallace       Dodge       160
26.  Scott Wimmer        Dodge       160
27.  Bobby Hamilton      Dodge       160
28.  Joe Nemechek        Chevrolet   160
29.  Mike Skinner        Dodge       160
30.  Dave Blaney         Chevrolet   160
31.  Boris Said          Chevrolet   160
32.  Elliott Sadler      Ford        159
33.  Jason Leffler       Chevrolet   159
34.  Ryan Newman         Dodge       158
35.  Scott Riggs         Chevrolet   152
36.  Terry Labonte       Chevrolet   151
37.  Travis Kvapil       Dodge       146
38.  Jimmie Johnson      Chevrolet   144
39.  Bobby Hamilton Jr.  Chevrolet   119
40.  Bobby Labonte       Chevrolet   116
41.  Ricky Rudd          Ford         73
42.  Martin Truex Jr.    Chevrolet    62
43.  Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Chevrolet    62

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