Tony Stewart snaps streak with win after three years in classic NASCAR road course finish


Tony Stewart snaps streak with win after three years in classic NASCAR road course finish

Every NASCAR sees a bit of bumping and knocking around, but this weekend’s action from two different racetracks gave  healthy dose of the trademark drama. With the Sprint Cup Series running its first road course, Sonoma Raceway, of the season and the Camping World Truck Series in action at Gateway’s 1.25-mile oval, things got a bit rowdy. Well, kind of. We’ll let you judge on the quality of the action.

We’ve already shown you the “fisticuffs” between John Wes Townley and Spencer Gallagher at Gateway. Davey Allison and Cale Yarborough at Daytona, it isn’t. I mean, if you’re going to fight in NASCAR and not thrown any punches, at least chase the other guy around half the track swinging your HANS device like it’s a mace.

Anyway, back in the Sprint Cup Series, the final lap of the race saw Tony Stewart battling Denny Hamlin for the race win. If the phrase “Tony Stewart battling for the win” seems a bit foreign, that’s because Smoke has had a rough go for the last couple years not just with incidents outside of NASCAR. Rather, Stewart has gone three years without a win (His last was at Dover in 2013) and announced last fall that 2016 would be his last campaign.

So when Denny Hamlin passed him on the final lap in Sonoma’s short chute, you had to figure he’d give Hamlin everything he could handle to get what might be one last victory and a chance at the 2016 Chase for the championship. Things predictably got a bit physical in the final hairpin but all’s fair in love and NASCAR. When the wine corks popped in Sonoma, it was Stewart with the win and one last shot in the Chase.

 


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