Jul 29 2007

Tony Stewart Wins at the Brickyard, Again

Tony Stewart wins at the Brickyard
Tony Stewart wins the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, running strong all day long, coming from the back in the beginning, and running up front or leading the rest of the way. This is his second win at Indy, his first came in 2005, which was also the last time he won the championship, and, as a matter of fact, 6 of the lat 9 winners at Indianapolis Motor speedway have gone on to win the cup that year. On the Nascar.com site, they said this makes Tony the favorite to win, while I don’t agree with that, it does certainly help him and get him going as this is also his second win in a row, and also the last time he won at Indy, he won the following race in Pocono.

There was some excitement at the end there, as he and Kevin Harvick battled for the lead, giving each other rubber donuts and scrapes on the side of each others cars. Kevin Harvick even gave him a passing shot after he won, don’t worry folks, no feud here, just two drivers who really like each other and really like racing each other.

But he found peace at the Brickyard with his electric 2005 breakthrough victory, and this time made it look easy. Stewart led a race-high 66 of the 160 laps, but was passed by 2003 winner Kevin Harvick on a restart with 20 to go.

He never panicked as he chased down Harvick, even taunting his friend over the radio. “Here, kitty, kitty, kitty,” he called. “Come get you some of this.”

The two-time series champion closed onto Harvick’s bumper and made at least two attempts to pass, only to be rebuffed as Harvick held tight. Stewart finally powered alongside of him with 10 to go, but Harvick wouldn’t relent and the two Chevrolets touched as they drag-raced around the historic 2.5-mile oval.

“I just went down there on the restart and got real, real tight for some reason,” Stewart said. “Kevin got by us and I knew after 15 laps I could get around him. So I was just trying to be patient, got a good run on him off of [Turn] 1 and got by him.

“That’s a hard guy to race there. He’s a clean guy. That’s one of my best friends.” Source: Calm, cool Stewart puts out the ‘kitty’ at Indianapolis

I was pretty sure they were good friends, but this year, it’s just hard to tell who Tony is going to get mad at race in and race out, so you never know. Dale Earnhardt Jr. looked like he was going to solidify his position in 12th, but his engine blew and the competition ended up getting closer.

Here is how they finished:
1 14 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 195/10 160 Running
2 2 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Texaco / Havoline 170/0 160 Running
3 21 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 165/0 160 Running
4 18 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Kellogg’s / CARQUEST 165/5 160 Running
5 1 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target / Maxwell House 160/5 160 Running
6 13 01 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 150/0 160 Running
7 20 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Reese’s / Elvis 151/5 160 Running
8 7 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 142/0 160 Running
9 27 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 138/0 160 Running
10 31 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 134/0 160 Running
11 6 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 130/0 160 Running
12 33 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 127/0 160 Running
13 26 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 124/0 160 Running
14 40 4 Ward Burton Chevrolet State Water Heaters / Lucas Oil 121/0 160 Running
15 8 16 Greg Biffle Ford Dish Network 123/5 160 Running
16 30 6 David Ragan Ford AAA Insurance 115/0 160 Running
17 38 38 David Gilliland Ford M&M’s 112/0 160 Running
18 35 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 109/0 160 Running
19 29 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Totino’s Pizza Rolls 106/0 160 Running
20 28 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Menards / Johns Manville 103/0 160 Running
21 25 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 100/0 160 Running
22 10 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet FedEx Kinko’s 97/0 159 Running
23 32 21 Bill Elliott Ford Little Debbie 94/0 159 Running
24 37 88 Ricky Rudd Ford Snickers 91/0 159 Running
25 36 49 Ken Schrader Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America 88/0 159 Running
26 12 40 David Stremme Dodge Target 85/0 158 Running
27 42 7 Robby Gordon Ford Johns Manville / Menards 82/0 157 Running
28 17 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 79/0 155 Running
29 16 10 Scott Riggs Dodge Stanley Tools / Valvoline 76/0 154 Running
30 43 55 Terry Labonte Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 73/0 150 Running
31 22 33 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Holiday Inn 70/0 145 Running
32 41 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil 67/0 141 Off Track
33 15 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 64/0 138 Off Track
34 4 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser 66/5 136 Out of Race
35 9 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC 58/0 132 Off Track
36 23 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 55/0 120 Off Track
37 39 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Radioactive Energy Drink 52/0 100 Off Track
38 34 00 David Reutimann Toyota Burger King / The Simpsons Movie 49/0 92 Out of Race
39 19 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 46/0 60 Out of Race
40 5 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 43/0 39 Out of Race
41 11 96 Tony Raines Chevrolet DLP HDTV 40/0 39 Out of Race
42 3 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL 37/0 20 Out of Race
43 24 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Haas Automation 34/0 13 Out of Race

2 Comments

  • By Dave, July 30, 2007 @ 8:55 am

    You gotta love Tony… He tells it like it is. My favorite is Dale Jr, but Tony never fails to make waves

  • By webmaster, July 31, 2007 @ 12:56 pm

    Tony certainly makes it a lot more interesting, when we were watching it and Tony caught Harvick at the end, we all figured one of them would end up hitting the wall, but we didn’t realize that they were good friends. But, he STILL made it interesting with him, hehe.

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