Sunday, March 16, 2008

Childress sweeps Bristol

Jeff Burton blew by Denny Hamlin on the backstretch with less than two laps left as he recorded his 20th career win and all three Richard Childress Racing cars finished in the top-3 positions at the Food City 500.

A late-race crash between Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick fighting for second place brought the race to a green-white-checkers finish. Harvick went low in Turn 1, got loose and his car pushed Stewart into the wall. That allowed Burton to take second behind Hamlin going into the final two laps.

Hamlin got a good jump on the restart, but had some sort of fuel pressure problem on the backstretch as Burton, Harvick and Clint Bowyer drove past the No. 11 Camry. Burton has not won since last year at Texas.

A subdued Stewart was gracious in defeat, unlike his rant last week over the poor tires Goodyear brought to Atlanta.

"I thought I left him plenty of room, so I don't know," Stewart said of the incident with Harvick.

Food City 500 Top-10
1. Jeff Burton
2. Kevin Harvick
3. Clint Bowyer
4. Greg Biffle
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
6. Denny Hamlin
7. Kasey Kahne
8. Aric Almirola
9. David Gilliland
10. Matt Kenseth

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