Event: NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Centurion Boats at The Glen Weather: Sunny and warm Winner: Tony Stewart, driver of the ...
Event: NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Centurion Boats at The Glen
Weather: Sunny and warm
Winner: Tony Stewart, driver of the #20 Home Depot Chevrolet from Joe Gibbs Racing
Top-five finishers: Stewart, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Ron Fellows and Robby Gordon
Race recap: For the most part, it was a two-car race at Watkins Glen International on Sunday. As the laps wound down, Tony Stewart dogged Jeff Gordon hoping for a break. He got it with two laps to go, with Gordon spinning his car through turn one of the 11-turn road course and watching Stewart drive by for the victory.
Gordon had led the most laps on the day -- 51 of 90 -- and earlier benefited from a similar Stewart slip up. It was the lap 89 mishap that determined the win, however, as Stewart paced the field for the final two circuits and cruised to a 2.460-second victory over Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin. Stewart led 20 laps overall. The race saw nine lead changes among six drivers and eight cautions for 20 laps.
The race featured some other fireworks as well. On lap 72, Juan Pablo Montoya was tapped from behind and bounced into Kevin Harvick. After the accident quieted down, the drivers got loud. The two exchanged words and shoves on the track as the race was stopped for a red flag to clean up the accident.
The victory was Stewart's third in the last four Nextel Cup races, setting him up nicely for the series' 10-race "playoffs" that begin in September. Gordon still leads the overall points with a 344-point cushion over Hamlin.
Goodyear quote -- Rick Heinrich: "This was the same tire package that we ran at the Nextel Cup race at Infineon Raceway in June and our tires have performed very well through both events. Since track position is so important on a road course, tire management played a key role in the race."
Companion NASCAR race--Saturday's Busch Series victory went to Kevin Harvick on the 2.45-mile road course. He crossed the line 3.529 seconds ahead of Jeff Burton, who was followed by Kurt Busch, Paul Menard and Brad Coleman. There were five cautions for 15 laps and five lead changes among four drivers, with Harvick leading a race-high two times for 49 laps. Carl Edwards leads the points contest, followed by David Reuitmann.
The Craftsman Truck Series ran at the 1.33-mile Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, Tenn., with Travis Kvapil talking the honors in the 150-lap event. Rounding out the top five were Ron Hornady Jr., Mike Skinner, David Starr and Todd Bodine. The margin of victory was 2.403 seconds. There were five cautions for 20 laps and three lead changes among three drivers. Skinner led from the pole for 102 laps.