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02/26/08
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Stewart dominates Nationwide Series Race in Toyota  
A fat and out of shape Stewart celebrates his win
For the second straight Nationwide Series race, Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch drove their Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas to a 1-2 finish.

Unlike the Feb. 16 Camping World 300 at Daytona, where Stewart edged Busch by .259 seconds, the twice rain-delayed Stater Bros. 300 Monday at Auto Club Speedway was a landslide in Stewart’s favor.

The driver of the No. 20 Camry won the race by 2.408 seconds after Busch wrested the second position from David Reutimann in a battle that lasted 30 laps. In the closing circuits, Kevin Harvick slipped past Reutimann for third place, with Reutimann maintaining fourth and Carl Edwards fifth.

All told, Stewart paced the field for 136 of the 150 laps at the 2.0-mile speedway. In fact, the only laps Stewart didn’t lead came when Morgan Shepherd stayed on the track and led Lap 24 during a round of pitstops and when Stewart pitted from the lead on Lap 98, and the field cycle through a round of green-flag stops. 

Stewart took the lead for good after a restart on Lap 111, passing Jamie McMurray moments after the cars crossed the start/finish line. From that point on, the battle was for second place.

“This car was really good in the little practice we got Saturday morning,” Stewart said, referring to the intermittent rains that abbreviated practice schedules in all three of NASCAR’s top series. “To lead 130-some laps of a 150-lap race is pretty impressive.

“We got lucky there at Daytona, but this is just one of those days that you can count on your fingers and toes -- having a car this good all day.”

Busch could take solace in his runner-up finish after a long weekend that saw him win Saturday’s San Bernardino 200 Craftsman Truck Series race and leave the track with the points lead in the truck and Sprint Cup Series (after finishing fourth in the Auto Club 500).

“Tony was pretty much in a league of his own, for some reason,” Busch said. “I got two second places to the guy who won the first two races, so what else can you do? I’m happy with it. We’ll go on to Las Vegas (for Saturday’s Sam’s Town 300), and, hopefully, I can have another good run.”

Results

FIN

ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 2 20 Tony Stewart Toyota Z-Line Designs 195/10 150 Running
2 14 32 Kyle Busch Toyota Beringer Vineyards 175/5 150 Running
3 6 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet RoadLoans.com 170/5 150 Running
4 5 99 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 160/0 150 Running
5 3 60 Carl Edwards Ford Scotts Miracle-Gro 155/0 150 Running
6 10 17 Jamie McMurray Ford CitiFinancial 155/5 150 Running
7 9 5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Nat'l Guard / 40th Infantry Brigade Combat Team 151/5 150 Running
8 1 29 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Holiday Inn / Holiday Inn Express 147/5 150 Running
9 4 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Camping World / RVs.com 143/5 150 Running
10 25 21 Stephen Leicht Chevrolet Racing Gearz 134/0 150 Running
11 8 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips 130/0 150 Running
12 12 6 David Ragan Ford America's Tire 127/0 150 Running
13 11 22 Mike Bliss Dodge Supercuts 129/5 150 Running
14 32 111 Jason Keller Chevrolet CJM Racing 121/0 150 Running
15 27 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet Atreus Homes & Communities 118/0 150 Running
16 17 7 Mike Wallace Toyota GEICO 115/0 150 Running
17 26 64 David Stremme Chevrolet Atreus Homes & Communities 112/0 150 Running
18 36 36 Kenny Wallace Dodge Shark Energy Drink 109/0 150 Running
19 20 27 Brad Coleman Ford Cottonelle / Von's 106/0 150 Running
20 13 25 Bobby Hamilton Jr. Ford Curly's 103/0 150 Running
21 23 1 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 100/0 150 Running
22 18 59 Marcos Ambrose Ford Kingsford Hickory Charcoal 97/0 149 Running
23 37 161 Kevin Lepage Ford Specialty Racing 94/0 149 Running
24 22 40 Dario Franchitti * Dodge Fastenal 91/0 149 Running
25 19 4 Robert Richardson, II Chevrolet JVC 88/0 146 Running
26 31 81 D.J. Kennington Dodge NPPL / Mahindra Tractors 85/0 146 Running
27 7 9 Elliott Sadler Dodge Wisk 82/0 145 Running
28 28 24 Eric McClure Chevrolet Hefty 79/0 142 Running
29 42 283 John Borneman III Chevrolet Red Line Oil / Twisted X Boots 76/0 140 Running
30 24 47 Kelly Bires Ford Clorox 73/0 140 Running
31 30 01 Kertus Davis Chevrolet RaceGirl 70/0 123 Out of Race
32 15 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet U.S. Navy 67/0 111 Out of Race
33 29 28 Brian Keselowski * Chevrolet Fanista.com 64/0 98 Out of Race
34 16 41 Bryan Clauson * Dodge Energizer e2 Lithium 61/0 63 Out of Race
35 39 05 Brett Rowe Chevrolet 31-W Insulation / CertainTeed 58/0 44 Out of Race
36 38 52 Derrike Cope Chevrolet Means Racing 55/0 41 Out of Race
37 34 89 Morgan Shepherd Dodge Victory In Jesus 57/5 25 Out of Race
38 41 0 Dwayne Leik Chevrolet Lori Morgan 49/0 13 Out of Race
39 21 37 Brad Baker Ford Baker Curb Racing 46/0 9 Out of Race
40 40 84 Mike Harmon Chevrolet M150 Energy Drink 43/0 9 Out of Race
41 33 90 Scott Lynch Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 40/0 5 Out of Race
42 35 91 Larry Gunselman Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 37/0 3 Out of Race

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