Tony Stewart put together good green flag runs and held off a group of hungry competitors to win Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

Stewart led three times for a race-high 127 laps to score his 45th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory, his first of the season and his first at Las Vegas. He has now won a Sprint Cup Series race at every track on the circuit except for Darlington (S.C) Raceway and Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, the latter of which conducted its first race just last season.

The beginning of the race looked good for Dale Earnhardt Jr but by the midway point, Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth looked to be the two finalists. Stewart would pass both drivers and use strong re-starts to solidify his efforts. Jimmie Johnson finished second, with Greg Biffle in third.

Tony commented after the race. “Just an awesome day.  We felt like after Happy Hour yesterday we had a really good, solid, fairly balanced racecar.  That’s probably the best I felt leaving Happy Hour in a long time. The hard part was just looking at the time sheet, seeing how many guys, we were all right together speed wise.  You knew it was going to be a tough day to get an advantage.  It didn’t take long in the day to see who the three guys were.  I felt like we were the third guy in the group.  But definitely Matt Kenseth and Jimmie were guys we were going to have to battle to the end with.

“Every time the caution came out, you knew that was another heat cycle on the tires.  Our car was so, so strong today on restarts.  We could get to the start/finish line and get to turn one so good today, that was a big key in holding these guys off.  Seemed like we were a little bit weaker than the guys behind us for the first three laps.  Then the next three laps, we would break even.  After six or seven laps, we would start pulling away.

The next event is this weekend in Bristol Tenn.




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