The curse has finally come to an end for NASCAR racer Tony Stewart on Sunday at Sonoma Raceway. After three years of drought in racing history, Tony Stewart is again a NASCAR winner.
The 45-years-old NASCAR driver Outlasts Denny Hamlin on Sunday at Sonoma Raceway, and also ended the 82-Race Winless Streak. The last time Stewart won a NASCAR race, his Stewart-Haas Racing was just a two-and-a-half car team of him.
Sunday’s Sonoma victory moves Stewart just nine points out of 30th in the championship. The victory was his first Sprint Cup victory since June 2013 at Dover International Speedway.
The pit strategy seemed working in Stewart’s favor as the No. 14 team elected to short pit on Lap 85 when he was running 17th. At this stage, NASCAR called the third caution of the day for debris one circuit later and Stewart takes the lead.
This is Stewart’s third win on the 1.99-mile road course and his 49th victory in Cup. Danny Hamlin, who led the most laps (33), passed the No. 14 Mobil 1 Chevy on the final lap in Turn 7, but Hamlin faced trouble, he wheel-hopped in Turn 11.
In Turn, Stewart capitalized on what he knew was his final chance to win the race, and pushed Hamlin out of the corner from the inside, taking the lead and finally took his first win in years.
Overall, Stewart led Hamlin to the finish line by 0.625-seconds. They were followed by Joey Logano, Carl Edwards, Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne and Kurt Busch.
Anthony Wayne Stewart is a NASCAR team owner and a three-time Sprint Cup Series champion as a driver. Stewart has also competed and won racing titles in Indy, midget, sprint, and USAC Silver Crown cars. In addition, Stewart is the only driver in racing history to win a championship in both IndyCar and NASCAR.
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