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Stewart wins Quality 500

Oct. 12, 2003 at 12:04 PM

CONCORD, N.C., Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Tony Stewart won a side-by-side battle with pole-sitter Ryan Newman over the final six laps Saturday night to take the checkered flag at the UAW-GM Quality 500.

Stewart, the reigning Winston Cup points champion, was a good eight seconds behind with fewer than 40 laps remaining in the 334-lap event, but ran down Newman for his second NASCAR win of the year and 17th of his career.

Newman, the Winston Cup leader with eight wins and eight poles, was forced to pit on lap 268 to correct a vibration in his Dodge Intrepid.

Jimmie Johnson, Bill Elliott, and Jeff Gordon gave chase, but ended up rounding out the top five finishers. Gordon was the only driver among the top seven who did not lead a single lap.

After two finishes of 33rd and worse, Matt Kenseth placed eighth in a Ford Taurus and increased his lead in the Winston Cup standings to 267 points on Kevin Harvick with five races remaining. Harvick finished 10th.

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