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Richmond, VA (Sports Network) - Defending race champion Tony Stewart captured the Virginia is for Lovers 200 truck event at the Richmond International Raceway, holding off Robert Pressley by two truck lengths. The victory was Stewart's first of the season and second in three career tries in the Craftsman Truck Series. Stewart also has three Winston Cup wins in just nine visits to the .75-mile Richmond short track.

"Its just one of those places that I really get around well," said Stewart. "I got my first Winston Cup win here and its a special place."

Following a final caution, Stewart passed leader Bobby Hamilton on lap 177 and never looked back. Though Ted Musgrave and then Pressley made runs at Stewart, neither could get by the 2002 Winston Cup champion.

"These guys (owner Andy Petree and crew) made it pretty easy for a guy who doesn't drive trucks but once a year," said Stewart.

It was Pressley's second straight runner-up finish.

"We were trying everything we could, but just couldn't get by Tony," said Pressley. "One of these days we're going to get one."

Musgrave, Jon Wood and Dennis Setzer completed the top-five.

Series points leader Brendan Gaughan took the championship lead despite colliding with Bobby Hamilton as the pair were crossing the finish line for seventh and eighth respectively. Gaughan owns a five-point lead over Travis Kvapil (2,631-2,626), who finished ninth. Musgrave (2,592) is in third place, just 39 points behind Gaughan.

The next race is the championship, the New Hampshire 200 from the New Hampshire International Speedway, is scheduled for Saturday, September 13th.

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