Tony Stewart Wins Camping World 200
He hasn’t had the best of luck in this Sprint Cup Season, but Tony Stewart has just managed to pick up his fifth Nationwide Series victory for the year. It was a long, hard slog to the finish line, however, and it took quite a bit of work to be first to cross the finish line.
The Joe Gibbs Racing team member restarted in third place on lap 133 after a late two-tire pit stop on lap 129. By lap 136 he had overtaken Carl Edwards, who had only refueled on the pit stop, and from that point on he led the race for the rest of the way. The 200-lap event, which took place at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, did not provide an easy victory for the racing veteran and he was chased by Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch for the final 64 laps before his team mates were finally forced to settle for second and third respectively. Hamlin was only half-a-second behind Stewart before an accident by Greg Biffle on the final circuit made it impossible for him to close in and overtake. The win marks the eighth victory for Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 Toyota team.
An elated Tony Stewart gave credit to his crew chief Dave Rogers for always ensuring that his No. 20 Camry performed brilliantly. He noted that the win must have more to do with the car than the drivers since four different drivers have driven the same vehicle to victory. He also said that he considers himself and his team mates to be very fortunate to be in the position to drive the car. The decision to change out the No. 20 Cup car’s tires was actually made by Rogers, and Stewart is confident that this is the reason he won the race. Rogers has been at JGR since 1998 and, after holding several different positions in the organization, has eventually emerged as a very successful crew chief with plenty of winning strategies. Stewart admitted that he trusted Roger’s decisions and that his success through their combined efforts was proof that the JGR program was working. Well done team!