Defending Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart had the best car and he proved it on a restart with 30 laps left when he took the lead by dipping past the front row leaders from the second row and held off Jimmy Johnson on 3 more restarts to win yesterday’s race at Las Vegas.  It’s Stewart’s first win of the season and first at Vegas.

Johnson tried to get around Stewart first high and then tried down low, but each time Stewart held on and it forced Johnson to settle for second place.   Not bad after starting with a back-up car after a crash in practice on Saturday.

Johnson started in the back but was challenging Matt Kenseth for the lead on lap 83 of the 267 lap race.

Greg Biffle came in third with Ryan Newman and defending race champion Carl Edwards completing the top five.

Dale Earnhardt, Junior leading 70 of the first 73 laps but struggled after the first pit stop.  He wound up 10th.

Vegas natives Kurt and Kyle Busch had a rough day.  Kurt crashed 25 laps from the end while Kyle finished well back of the pack in 23rd place.

So after three races Biffle takes over the points lead, 10 points up on Matt Kenseth.

Bristol is up next on the schedule.