Stewart Captures Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen

Victory Gives Stewart Record Setting Fifth Victory at WGI

Stewart in 2009 GVL

Tony Stewart celebrates his fifth career win at WGI with his crew in Gatorade Victory Lane.

A day after the scheduled start, Tony Stewart and the No. 14 Old Spice Chevrolet crew pulled into Gatorade Victory Lane for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen.  After heavy rain passed through the area on Sunday afternoon and early Monday morning, crews at Watkins Glen International were able to dry the track in preparation of the 90-lap event which began at 12:20 p.m. EST.  The win marked Stewart’s fifth win at the 2.45-mile road course giving him the most wins of any driver in any major series in the history of Watkins Glen International. 

Stewart held off Marcos Ambrose for the last 25 laps to secure his place in Gatorade Victory Lane.  Ambrose ran up front in the early laps, but pit strategy caused him to drop back in the pack during the mid-section of the race.  By the closing laps, Ambrose worked his way back to the front of the field and earned a second-place finish, marking the best finish in Ambrose’s Sprint Cup Series career.  For the second consecutive year, Ambrose won the Zippo 200 on Saturday afternoon. 

The drama heated up on the track with a multi-car accident coming out of turn nine.  The pile-up started when Kasey Kahne dove to the inside of Sam Hornish Jr., causing Hornish to plow into a tire barrier and bounce his car back across the track.  Jeff Gordon drilled Hornish’s car head-on, sending both cars violently spinning across the track and also collecting Jeff Burton, Andy Lally, and Joey Logano.  Thankfully all involved were able to either walk or drive away from the scene.  The incident brought out a 19-minute red flag period stopping the cars on track between turns 1 and 2. 

The win allowed Stewart to increase his overall points lead to 260-points over second-place Jimmie Johnson. 

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