Johnson pads lead with 3rd at Fontana

Tony Stewart, center, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010, in Fontana, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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FONTANA, Calif. (AP) - Tony Stewart outdueled points leader
Jimmie Johnson on a late restart and pulled away for his first
career Sprint Cup win at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday.

Stewart vaulted five spots in the Chase for the Sprint Cup
championship with his first win in 19 tries at California, but
Johnson pushed his points cushion to 36 with six Chase races left.

Clint Bowyer went around Johnson on the final lap to finish
second in his first race without suspended crew chief Shane Wilson.

Stewart started 22nd after a rough qualifying day, but was
strong from the start of a lead-swapping 400-mile race, the final
fall date at Fontana.

Engine troubles put a dent in the championship chances of Kurt
and Kyle Busch, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards.

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