JGR Race Report - USG Sheetrock 400

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Date: July 9, 2006
Event: USG Sheetrock 400 (Round 18 of 36)
Series: NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series
Location: Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. (1.5-mile oval)
Winner: Jeff Gordon of Hendrick Motorsports
JGR Finish: J.J. Yeley (10th - running, completed 270 of 270 laps); Denny Hamlin (14th - running, completed 270 of 270 laps); Tony Stewart (32nd - running, completed 269 of 270 laps) J.J. Yeley led the three-car Joe Gibbs Racing contingent by finishing 10th in Sunday's USG Sheetrock 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. It was the second career top-10 finish for the driver of the No. 18 VESIcare® (solifenacin succinate) Chevrolet, as Yeley finished eighth in February at California Speedway in Fontana. Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 FedEx Kinko's Chevrolet, finished 14th to post his 12th top-15 effort of the season. Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet, finished a distant 32nd when his gas tank ran dry four laps short of the 270-lap distance. Stewart had been running third and was running faster lap times than second-place Jeff Burton before running out of fuel. Despite the fuel miscalculation, Stewart continues to lead the trio of JGR drivers in the championship point standings. The two-time and reigning Nextel Cup champion dropped two spots to seventh in the championship point standings, 377 markers arrears series leader Jimmie Johnson. Hamlin and Yeley occupy the 12th and 27th positions, respectively. Hamlin dropped two spots while Yeley picked up two positions. Jeff Gordon scored his 75th career Nextel Cup victory and his second of the season by winning the USG Sheetrock 400. Burton finished second, while Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr., secured the rest of the top-five. Johnson, Reed Sorenson, Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer and Yeley comprised the rest of the top-10. The next event on the Nextel Cup schedule is the July 16 Lenox Industrial Tools 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon. The race begins at 2:10 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by TNT.

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