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Proving himself as a true contender int he Spring Cup Series, David Reutimann won the second Sprint Cup race of his career Saturday night in the LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. Reutimann, whose previous victory came in last year’s rain-shortened Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, crossed the finish line .727 seconds ahead of Carl Edwards, who posted his best finish — and only second top five — of the season.

Reutimann, who is in a contract year at Michael Waltrip Racing, recently reached a handshake agreement on a three-year extension with the team.”These guys proved that they deserve a contract,” Ty Norris General Manager of MWR said. “They deserve to be around.”

What was an excellent night for Reutimann, Edwards and Gordon was a disaster for Cup points leader Kevin Harvick and four-time defending series champion Jimmie Johnson. Harvick fought trouble all race long, at one point bringing his No. 29 Chevrolet to the garage to change the fuel pump and fuel pump cable. He lost 16 laps in the process and finished 34th, 16 laps down.

On the way to a green-flag stop on Lap 93, Johnson missed the entrance to pit road, lost the lead to McMurray and to make matters worse…Less than two laps after a restart on Lap 136, Johnson spun on the backstretch while running in close quarters with the No. 56 Toyota of Martin Truex Jr.nascar_banner-sprintcup

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