NSCS: Tony Stewart Wins a ‘Wild’ One In Martinsville

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In a wild race at the Martinsville Speedway, Tony Stewart shocked most, as he went on to win Sunday afternoon.

Tony Stewart passed Jimmie Johnson for the lead on the final restart with three laps remaining in the Tums Fast Relief 500 to win his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway in five years.

Johnson finished second, followed by Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin.

Surprisingly enough, Carl Edwards rallied after falling a lap down twice to finish ninth. With Edwards’ top-10 finish, he maintains his point lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup standings with only three races remaining.

However, Edwards lead is slim- just a mere eight points over Stewart, who had a ‘little’ message for the Roush Fenway Racing driver.

“He better be worried. That’s all I’ve got to say,” Stewart said. “He isn’t going to have an easy three weeks.”

There are only three races left during the 2011 version of the Chase for the Sprint Cup: Texas, Phoenix and Homestead-Miami.

Traditionally, Edwards has performed well at the latter two, but that doesn’t mean he can’t run well during all three races.

Martinsville’s tight confines weren’t so kind to Chase contenders Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch, as both drivers were collected in a multicar pileup with 36 laps remaining.

Kenseth, who entered the race ranked second in points behind Edwards, went to the garage for major repairs and finished 31st. Kenseth recap: http://www.thepacelap.com/nscs-at-martinsville-matt-kenseths-championship-hopes-take-a-hit/4627/

Sunday’s race featured a season-high 18 caution flags (the most at Martinsville Speedway since a record 19 in October 2005).

But what gives? As plenty of tempers were flared at Martinsville, will anything carry over to the Texas Motor Speedway next weekend? We’ll have to wait and see.

Unofficial Results

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

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