Homestead: Tony Stewart race report

UNSTEADY AT HOMESTEAD Late Race Crash Drops Stewart to 30th in Nextel Cup Season Finale It wasn't supposed to end this way. A late-race crash in Sunday's season-ending Ford 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway took what...

UNSTEADY AT HOMESTEAD
Late Race Crash Drops Stewart to 30th in Nextel Cup Season Finale

It wasn't supposed to end this way. A late-race crash in Sunday's season-ending Ford 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway took what would've been Tony Stewart's 24th top-10 finish of 2007 and turned his effort into a 30th-place result.

Stewart was in eighth-place with 15 laps to go when the rear end of his No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet stepped out between turns three and four of the 1.5-mile oval. The Joe Gibbs Racing-prepared machine backed hard into the SAFER Barrier on the outside retaining wall, crumpling the bumper before the car turned around and slapped the wall on the driver's side.

Stewart was unhurt, and after re-firing the engine, drove to pit road where The Home Depot over-the-wall crew went to work. Off came the tires, and after trading their pneumatic air wrenches for sledgehammers, the crew quickly pulled the sheet metal away from the tires and reattached the decklid.

While the car was far from perfect, and certainly not pretty, Stewart was able to return to the race and ride out the remaining laps. And by resuming the race, he and the team were able to avoid being tagged with a dreaded DNF (Did Not Finish).

The finish dropped Stewart one spot in the final point standings to sixth, 51 points behind future Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch.

-credit: jgr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Kyle Busch
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing