NSCS: Tony Stewart Wins Again- Takes Over Points Lead

September 25, 2011 No Comments

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It’s hard to believe Stewart was 0 for 26 during the NASCAR Sprint Cup regular season, but believe it!

Now, Stewart is 2 for 2 in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, winning the last two races (Chicagoland and New Hampshire) all within a week of each other.

Stewart took the lead with just two laps to go in the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and now Stewart has become a ‘favorite’ to win this year’s championship, in hopes of dethroning five-time champion, Jimmie Johnson.

As this race was a mere image of last week’s fuel mileage race, Stewart took the lead from Clint Bowyer, as the driver of the No. 33 once again experienced bad luck and ran out of gas.

“It’s eight long weeks to go,” Stewart said. “It’s way too early to be counting chickens right now.

“We got rid of some dead weight earlier this week,” he said in victory lane. “Sometimes you have to make adjustments in your life. These guys have never quit, never given up, and we’ve got a shot at this thing.”

Surprisingly enough, Stewart ran out of fuel late in this race last year, which allowed Bowyer to take over and win at New Hampshire.

“I saw him slow down down the back,” Stewart said. “I thought, ‘Oh, no, you’re kidding me.’ That’s not the way you want to win it, for sure. I feel bad for him. It’s fun racing him. It’s hard to lose them that way.”

The talk after the race seemed to be about Stewart’s reference to getting rid of some ‘dead weight’. Even though Stewart refused to elaborate, crew chief Darian Grubb, said there had not been any team personnel changes and that he had no information about Stewart’s reference.

Following Stewart in Sunday’s running of the Sylvania 300 were; Brad Keselowski, Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon and Brian Vickers.

By winning Sunday, Stewart took control of the points lead from Kevin Harvick, as we head into Dover next weekend.

“It’s huge,” said Stewart. “When you talk about momentum, that race car doesn’t know anything about momentum. It doesn’t know stats. It doesn’t know anything other than what you put in it. Momentum deals with people.

“It’s not just these two weeks of the Chase; it’s the two weeks before it. We haven’t finished outside the top seven in the last 4 weeks (P3 in Atlanta, P7 in Richmond, P1 in Chicago, P1 in Loudon).”

Unofficial Results:

Pos. St. No. Driver Make Points
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1 20 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 47
2 16 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 43
3 4 16 Greg Biffle Ford 41
4 7 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 42
5 3 83 Brian Vickers Toyota 40
6 27 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 38
7 26 6 David Ragan Ford 38
8 23 99 Carl Edwards Ford 36
9 31 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 36
10 17 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 35
11 8 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 33
12 6 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 33
13 18 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 31
14 24 20 Joey Logano Toyota 30
15 2 4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 30
16 9 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 29
17 12 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 27
18 10 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 27
19 15 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 25
20 14 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 24
21 13 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 23
22 5 22 Kurt Busch Dodge 23
23 25 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 21
24 21 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 21
25 1 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 20
26 11 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 19
27 32 38 J.J. Yeley Ford 17
28 19 0 David Reutimann Toyota 16
29 28 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 15
30 29 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 14
31 40 32 Mike Bliss Ford 0
32 33 34 David Gilliland Ford 12
33 30 51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 0
34 42 71 Andy Lally * Ford 10
35 22 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 9
36 39 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 0
37 35 66 Michael McDowell Toyota 7
38 34 30 David Stremme Chevrolet 6
39 41 37 Josh Wise Ford 0
40 36 7 Robby Gordon Dodge 4
41 43 46 Scott Speed Ford 0
42 37 13 Casey Mears Toyota 2
43 38 55 Travis Kvapil Ford 0

 

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