News & Multimedia

Tony Stewart Wins In Las Vegas

Tony Stewart scratched another racetrack off the bucket list.
 
Powering away from Jimmie Johnson after a restart with four laps left in Sunday's Kobalt Tools 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the reigning Sprint Cup champion took the checkered flag .461 seconds ahead of Johnson.
 
The victory was Stewart's first at the 1.5-mile track, leaving only Darlington and Kentucky as active Cup tracks at which he hasn't won. The win was Stewart's 45th, 15th all-time, in 467 Cup starts.
 
"Man, I'm just finally glad to win one here," said Stewart, who had the fastest car in last year’s race but squandered his winning chances when he incurred a penalty for dragging an air wrench from his pit stall. "We were so close last year and had a dominant car.

"I'm not sure we had the dominant car (Sunday), but we had an awful fast Chevy. Just glad to finally, finally get one at Vegas. We have to win ourselves a Southern 500 (at Darlington Raceway) and we'll have won at all the tracks we're racing at right now."

(Stewart apparently forgot Kentucky, which was added to the Cup schedule last year.)

Greg Biffle, Ryan Newman and Carl Edwards came home third through fifth, respectively. Biffle, who took over the series lead by 10 points over 11th-place finisher Kevin Harvick, has finished third in each of the three Cup races this season.
 
Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard, Jamie McMurray, Trevor Bayne and Dale Earnhardt Jr. completed the top 10.
 
Stewart took two tires during a pit stop under caution on Lap 204 and pulled out to a comfortable lead over McMurray. A caution for debris slowed the field for the fifth time on Lap 228, and Stewart came to the pits for fuel only.
 
Brad Keselowski and Bowyer remained on the track and led the field to green on Lap 234, but Stewart regained the top spot with a three-wide dive to the inside moments after Keselowski crossed the stripe.
 
Stewart pulled out to a one-second lead over Keselowski before Landon Cassill's blown engine caused the sixth caution. As Stewart sped away after the restart on Lap 250, Keselowski's fuel pickup failed, and the driver of the No. 2 Dodge took his car to the garage.
 
In fact, it was Stewart’s prowess on the restarts that proved the difference.
 
"Every time the caution came out, I'm like ‘Not again,’" Stewart said. "You wonder how many times you’re going to give them a chance at it on a restart there, and when are they’re going to be able to capitalize on us.
 
"But, that was our strong suit today. We were really strong on the restarts. Just proud of the Hendrick engine department; making great steam with it. That was the key to our restarts was the power that we had. We could go without spinning the tires, and we could get a really good lead into Turn 1 and just haul butt down the backstretch."
 
Johnson agreed that the restarts settled the issue.
 
"They were awfully strong," he said. "The last two restarts… second to the last restart, I just blew it. He got away from me. The next to the last start, I felt like I got a good one. He still cruised away.

"My only chance was to be at his outside through (Turns) 1 and 2. Didn't have that opportunity. He had the lane at that point. I drove my guts out, but just didn't get it done."

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
Tony Stewart Wins In Las Vegas
 
Tony Stewart Wins In Las Vegas
Powering away from Jimmie Johnson after a restart with four laps left in Sunday's Kobalt Tools 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the reigning Sprint Cup champion took the checkered flag .461 seconds ahead of Johnson.
Read More
Related Media
Crown Royal Your Hero's Name Here 400 at the Brickyard
 
Vote Now To Rename The Brickyard 400 After a Deserving Hero
Beginning this week, adult consumers can go to CrownRoyalHeroes.com to vote for the hero they think is most deserving of naming rights to the race. Voting runs through June 7 and the grand prize winner will be announced early that month. See below for their names and bios or click here to read.
Read More
Indianapolis 500
 
USA Today's 10Best Readers Choice Voting Open for 'Best Motorsports Race,' 'Best NASCAR Track'
Voting is now open for USA Today’s 10Best Readers Choice in the “Best Motorsports Race” and “Best NASCAR Track,” with IMS featured in each.
Read More
Juan Pablo Montoya
 
Monday Racing Roundup: Montoya Wins Thrilling Indianapolis 500
Montoya, who won the race 15 years earlier in his first start, held off reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion and teammate Will Power by .1046 of a second -- the fourth-closest finish in race history -- in a thrilling battle over the final 15 laps that also included pole sitter and 2008 race winner Scott Dixon. Five of the 37 lead changes occurred in those 15 laps following a restart, with Montoya overtaking Dixon in Turn 1 for second place and Power in Turn 4 to lead Lap 197 by .0420 of a second.
Read More
Will Power
 
Monday Racing Roundup: Power Takes First Step Towards May Sweep at IMS
After earning the Verizon P1 Award with a track-record qualifying lap for the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, Will Power was asked about the prospects of a Month of May sweep at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Read More
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
 
Monday racing roundup: Earnhardt Jr. Scores Emotional Win at Talladega
Earnhardt, his team and Junior Nation could celebrate his 0.159-second victory over Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 Sunday afternoon, his sixth Sprint Cup win here. It all but assures Earnhardt a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship for a fifth consecutive year.
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 608
Reserve one of our hospitality suites for your next event!
To start planning your event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway please fill out our Information Request Form or contact Laura Wyamn at (317) 492-8557 or email at lwyman@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
We are exactly 1 year away from the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500! #Indy500 #IndyCar https://t.co/Mnqonrp0lo
about 10 hours ago