Tony Stewart wins an action packed race in the final lap. Kyle Busch pulled ahead of Tony in the last two laps but Kyle was bumped and spun by Tony when he pulled down in front of him with a blocking strategy just yard from the finish line. Apparently Kyle did not know Tony was that far advanced in the right lane. All it took was a bump that put Kyle Busch into the wall and then a massive impact with the #9 car of Casey Kahne ramming him in the rear end followed by the #20 car of Joey Logano T- boning him. This one involved several cars as the climatic "big One".
All through the race, Stewart swapped the lead with Denny Hamlin and Kyle Bush but was always able to retake the lead. His pit stops were flawless and his pit crew got him out in first most of the night during the cautions which saw Mark Martin go out early in the race. One of the "big ones" took out about 10 cars with Jeff Gordon included but he was able to return with a twenty eighth place finish.
Jimmy Johnson finished second despite after a miscue in the pits and an ill handling car most of the race which only came into contention late in the race. Denny Hamlin finished third. Carl Edwards was fourth and Kurt Busch finished out the top five. Marcos Ambrose the rookie Aussie driver from Down Under finished sixth. All in all, this was one of the more exciting races of the year.
Although Kyle Busch had his bell rang three times in that final lap crash, he was able to get out of the car under his own power and walked back to the pits before the emergency crew forced him to go to the track hospital for a check up. I think with the way NASCAR designed this car, This crash is an excellent testamonial of the chances of a driver surviving a serious crash. With the car sliding across the finish line, he finished fourteenth.
This is Tony Stewart's third win of the season as a team owner of Stewart Haas Racing and is currently leading in the chase points. Lets hope this is a turn around for Tony on his race to a third championship.