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(James Drew photo)

It was Stewart’s first one-two finish as a car owner.

"Yeah, this was the perfect weekend to have Ryan on the pole and us on the front row and to sit here and get our first first-and-second finish, it’s just an awesome day for Stewart-Haas Racing.” Stewart added, “You guys at the shop that are not here, you did an awesome job. These things have been good we just needed one weekend where we didn't have something stupid go wrong and it happened for both of us today."

Five-time defending NSCS Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet, rallied from a pit-road penalty and a late-race spin to finish fifth. He jumped three positions in the points to second, just seven points out of the top-spot.

Considering all he went through in the race, Johnson was happy to finish where he did.

“Well, I was just driving my guts out, man. Anything that could have gone wrong today did. It started out with a bad qualifying effort on Friday and we paid the price for that on pit road and track position at the start; and then we had some issues on pit road. And then the No. 42 (Juan Pablo Montoya); I don’t think of the three times he’s wrecked me it’s been intentional, but he’s out of Mulligans and I’ve had enough of oh, I’m sorry, and you’re spun out. It’s happened way too often to the No. 48. Hopefully we can get that corrected moving forward and still amongst all that stuff going on, we rallied back to fifth. And we did it the hard way, by passing cars.”

Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, led once for 19 laps but had to battle back to an 11th place finish after the crew made a battery change on pit road. On the final lap of the 301-lap/318.46-mile race he suffered a blown tire while running in fourth but managed to salvage the 11th finishing position. The four-time Series' champion remains seventh in the points order. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 88 National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet, finished 15th after battling handling issues throughout much of the race. He sits ninth in the standings. Clint Bowyer, No. 33 Good Sam/Cheerios Chevrolet, was 17th at the finish line as he battled the handling of the car throughout the race. He remains 12th in the point standings. Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet, was credited with the 21st finishing position, also battling handling issues. Harvick is fourth in the standings with three victories so far in 2011. Denny Hamlin – 3rd (Toyota) and Joey Logano – 4th (Toyota) complete the top-five finishers.

After a weekend off from competition, the Series' begins its stretch to the end of the season at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brickyard 400 on July 31.

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