Dover, DE (WWBT)- Tony Stewart entered the AAA 400 looking for his third straight victory and leading the chase for the Sprint Cup. At the end of the day, it would not be Stewart in victory lane, but one of the most consistent drivers of the 2011 season.
Kurt Busch passed Jimmie Johnson with 42 laps to go and pulled away from the field to win at Dover for the first time in his career on NASCAR's grand circuit. Busch crossed the line first for the second time this season, but has 16 top ten finishes on the year. The victory moves the number 22 up to fourth in the standings, just nine points out of first.
As for Denny Hamlin, he continued to fall out of the mix. The number eleven finished 18th, his highest placing of the three chase races, but lost ground on the leaders and is now 68 points back and 27 points out of eleventh place.
The circuit shifts to Kansas next Sunday for the fourth race of the chase for the Sprint Cup.