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JGR Race Report - Dickies 500 - Stewart Wins!
Date: Nov. 5, 2006
Event: Dickies 500 (Round 34 of 36)
Series: NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series
Location: Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth (1.5-mile oval)
Winner: Tony Stewart of Joe Gibbs Racing
JGR Finish: Tony Stewart (1st - Running, completed 339 of 339 laps); Denny Hamlin (10th - Running, completed 339 of 339 laps); J.J. Yeley (20th - Running, completed 338 of 339 laps) Tony Stewart led the three-car Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) contingent by winning Sunday's Dickies 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. For Stewart, driver of the No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet, it was his second consecutive Nextel Cup victory as he won last weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Stewart dominated the event, leading 278 of the 339 laps en route to his fifth victory of the season and the 29th of his career. The victory was JGR's 54th in Nextel Cup and its 98th overall. Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 FedEx Kinko's Chevrolet, finished 10th to score his 18th top-10 finish of 2006. J.J. Yeley, driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet, finished 20th and led once for three laps, his first laps led since New Hampshire in September. Hamlin continues to lead the trio of JGR drivers in the championship point standings, as he is the lone JGR representative in the Chase for the Championship. Hamlin dropped one spot to fall to fourth in points, 80 markers behind new series leader Jimmie Johnson. Stewart maintained his 11th-place point standing and holds a dominating 357-point lead over 12th-place Carl Edwards. Yeley gained one spot to rise to 28th in points. He is now 204 points outside the top-25. Hall of Fame Racing, which gets its engines, cars and technical support from JGR, finished 19th with Tony Raines at the wheel of the No. 96 DLP HDTV Chevrolet. Johnson finished second to Stewart, while Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Clint Bowyer secured the rest of the top-five. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Casey Mears, Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch and Hamlin comprised the rest of the top-10. With only two races remaining, the penultimate event on the Nextel Cup schedule is the Nov. 12 Checker Auto Parts 500k at Phoenix International Raceway. The race begins at 3:25 p.m. EST with live, high-definition coverage provided by NBC.