Tony Stewart wins first race of NASCAR's Chase
Stewart stretched his final tank of fuel to the finish of the opening race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship at Chicagoland Speedway to win for the first time in 32 races. He bolted from ninth to second in the standings, only seven points behind leader Kevin Harvick.
Harvick, who started the race tied with Kyle Busch for the points lead, also benefited from not worrying about fuel on the final lap. Several others weren't so fortunate. Busch, Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth were among the drivers who ran out of gas on the final lap.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. took advantage of the situation and finished third, moving from 10th to fifth in the standings.
-- Chuck Schilken
The Associated Press contributed to this report
Photo: Kevin Harvick, left, congratulates Tony Stewart in Victory Lane. Credit: Geoff Burke / Getty Images for NASCAR