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Tony Stewart wins Camping World 300

by Mark J. Cipolloni
Saturday, February 14, 2009

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Tony Stewart (No. 80) passes Joey Logano (No. 20) during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Camping World 300 on Saturday
John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR

A nudge here, a bump there.

Here-a-bump, there-a-bump, bumpity-bump everywhere.

That’s how Tony Stewart survived a last-lap duel with Kyle Busch to win Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Camping World 300 at Daytona International Speedway.

Stewart, who ran at or near the front most of the 200-lap race, came off the last turn sideways after Busch did everything but wreck Stewart and himself through Turns 3 and 4.

While Stewart was blocking and Busch was bumping, Carl Edwards shot through the smoke and sparks to finish second. Clint Bowyer stayed on the throttle while the lead cars slid every which way and wound up third, just ahead of Busch.

Greg Biffle was fifth in a race that has to go down as one of the best Saturday races in Daytona history.

It was nip and tuck most of the way with a slew of different leaders and plenty of hard-racing action. 

Brian Vickers, one of the leaders, wound up fifth after riding second behind Stewart with just a few laps remaining.

It was that kind of race most of the afternoon.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr., for example, struggled throughout the race but wound up seventh. David Ragan was eighth, Jason Keller ninth and Matt Kenseth, who also led the race early on, was 10th.

While Keller's finish was tops amongst the NASCAR Nationwide Series regular drivers, other regulars didn't fare so well. Stephen Wallace was a victim of what NASCAR officials called "aggressive driving" by Jason Leffler, who clipped Wallace in the left rear, causing him to crash, and, taking two others out with him, Scott Lagasse and Justin Allgaier.

Several other accidents sent cars to the garage, including Mike Bliss and Kenny Hendrick. 

At Lap 25, three drivers had been in front with defending NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Bowyer  leading the way.

The first caution of the sunny afternoon came out on Lap 26 for debris at the exit of pit road. When the caution fell, Bowyer was in command, followed by Busch, Stewart, Kenseth and Harvick. Keselowski had moved from 15th to seventh and Vickers had improved his position from 27th to ninth.

On the restart at Lap 31, Harvick came out of the pits in front of Stewart. Bowyer lost nine positions during his pit stop.

Stewart quickly passed Harvick, as did Busch and Waltrip. Biffle moved past Harvick two laps later, and Harvick continued a backwards shuffle.

Biffle, in the meanwhile, charged to the front on Lap 35.

Stewart regained the lead a lap later as the front trio of Stewart, Busch and Bowyer put some distance on their pursuers.

Busch passed Stewart for the lead and Bowyer moved to second on lap 50. Stewart was third and Vickers had raced his way into fourth. Bowyer decided to lead, passing Busch on lap 53.

Brian Keselowski brought out a caution on Lap 55 when he spun his Dodge off Turn 4 near the entrance to the pits. On the restart at Lap 60, it was Busch out front followed by Harvick, Logano, Bowyer, Brad Keselowski, Stewart, Ragan, Bliss, Kenseth and Biffle. Earnhardt was back running with the lead pack.

Rookie NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Logano went from third to 11th on lap 65, finding out what it's like to be shuffled out of the draft as the leaders started buzzing like a swarm of bees.

Results

FIN

ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 5 180 Tony Stewart Chevrolet HendrickCars.com 190/5 120 Running
2 10 60 Carl Edwards Ford Scotts 175/5 120 Running
3 3 29 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Holiday Inn / Holiday Inn Express 175/10 120 Running
4 13 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 165/5 120 Running
5 6 16 Greg Biffle Ford CitiFinancial 160/5 120 Running
6 27 32 Brian Vickers Toyota Dollar General 155/5 120 Running
7 24 5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Hellmann's 146/0 120 Running
8 9 6 David Ragan Ford Discount Tire 142/0 120 Running
9 12 27 Jason Keller Ford Kroger / Scott Products 143/5 120 Running
10 2 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Kraft 139/5 120 Running
11 1 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches 135/5 120 Running
12 21 10 David Reutimann Toyota Camping World 127/0 120 Running
13 8 20 Joey Logano Toyota GameStop 124/0 120 Running
14 14 87 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet NEMCO Motorsports 121/0 120 Running
15 41 47 Michael McDowell * Toyota Tom's Snacks 118/0 120 Running
16 35 62 Brendan Gaughan * Chevrolet South Point Hotel & Casino 115/0 120 Running
17 34 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet U.S. Border Patrol 117/5 120 Running
18 16 81 D.J. Kennington Dodge D.H. Griffin Companies 109/0 120 Running
19 31 70 Mark Green Chevrolet Foretravel Motorcoach 106/0 120 Running
20 28 01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet Fisburne Military School 103/0 120 Running
21 33 09 John Wes Townley * Ford Zaxby's 100/0 120 Running
22 7 0 Danny O'Quinn Jr. Chevrolet SponsorDavis.com 97/0 120 Running
23 15 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 99/5 120 Running
24 11 99 Michael Waltrip Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 91/0 120 Running
25 22 26 Brian Keselowski Dodge Cajun Industries 88/0 120 Running
26 36 24 Eric McClure Ford Hefty 85/0 120 Running
27 40 05 Jeff Green Chevrolet Tobacco Free Florida / 31-W Insulation 82/0 120 Running
28 25 1 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 79/0 120 Running
29 30 84 Mike Harmon Chevrolet DAB Constructors / HotJackets.com 76/0 120 Running
30 37 07 David Green Toyota SK Motorsports 73/0 118 Running
31 38 234 Tony Raines Chevrolet Long John Silver's 70/0 116 Accident
32 43 40 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Carfax 67/0 116 Accident
33 4 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips 64/0 114 Running
34 29 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet Mahindra Tractors 61/0 114 Running
35 18 15 Michael Annett * Toyota Pilot Travel Centers 58/0 112 Running
36 42 52 Donnie Neuenberger Chevrolet Quaker City Castings 55/0 109 Running
37 39 61 Brandon Whitt Ford Specialty Racing 52/0 101 Running
38 26 49 Kertus Davis Chevrolet Jay Robinson Inc. 49/0 94 Running
39 20 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet Five-R Trucks & Trailers 46/0 91 Running
40 32 12 Justin Allgaier * Dodge Verizon Wireless 43/0 82 Accident
41 23 42 Kenny Hendrick Dodge "Real Deal" Holyfield / Smith Ironworks 40/0 80 Accident
42 17 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet US Fidelis 37/0 71 Accident
43 19 11 Scott Lagasse Jr. * Toyota America's Incredible Pizza Company 34/0 71 Accident

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