NASCAR Las Vegas Results 2012: Tony Stewart Takes Checkered Flag

On Sunday, NASCAR held the Kobalt Tools 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The third race of the 2012 Sprint Cup season was an important one for many of the drivers, looking to find their rhythm and not dig themselves into a deep hole right at the start of the season.

Kasey Kahne, in particular, was looking to make a statement. He qualified for the pole position in Sunday's race, but failed to finish either of the previous two races and entered the day in 31st place in the Sprint Cup standings. He stayed in the top 10 for a good amount of time, but ultimately finished 19th in the race. Still, finishing the entire race and placing in the top 20 is a great step in the right direction for Kahne.

Tony Stewart ended up taking the checkered flag in the race, while Jimmie Johnson came in second. Johnson's fourth place finish last week and second place finish on Sunday are doing a good job of erasing his performance in the Daytona 500 to open the season, when he wrecked, finished 42nd and was penalized 25 points for rules infractions.

Stewart is now in seventh place in the Sprint Cup standings with 100 points.

Here are the full results from Sunday's race.

  1. Tony Stewart
  2. Jimmie Johnson
  3. Greg Biffle
  4. Ryan Newman
  5. Carl Edwards
  6. Clint Bowyer
  7. Paul Menard
  8. Jamie McMurray
  9. Trevor Bayne
  10. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  11. Kevin Harvick
  12. Jeff Gordon
  13. Marcos Ambrose
  14. Jeff Burton
  15. Regan Smith
  16. Joey Logano
  17. Martin Truex Jr.
  18. Mark Martin
  19. Kasey Kahne
  20. Denny Hamlin
  21. David Ragan
  22. Matt Kenseth
  23. Kyle Busch
  24. Aric Almirola
  25. Juan Pablo Montoya
  26. Bobby Labonte
  27. Casey Mears
  28. David Stremme
  29. Dave Blaney
  30. Ken Schrader
  31. David Reutimann
  32. Brad Keselowski
  33. David Gilliland
  34. Brendan Gaughan
  35. Kurt Busch
  36. Landon Cassill
  37. AJ Allmendinger
  38. Michael McDowell
  39. Travis Kvapil
  40. Josh Wise
  41. Joe Nemechek
  42. Timmy Hill
  43. JJ Yeley

For all news and information regarding the 2012 Sprint Cup Series, please visit NASCAR Ranting & Raving or check out SB Nation's dedicated NASCAR hub.

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