Tony Stewart won Sunday's FedEx 400, a Sprint Cup Series race in Delaware, ending a 30-race winless streak at NASCAR's highest level.
DOVER, Del. — With a couple of laps left in Sunday’s FedEx 400, driver Tony Stewart was told to “use it up” by crew chief Steve Addington.
But in addition to being a driver, Stewart also is his team’s owner. So he was of two minds about exhausting his Chevrolet.
“I’ve got to pay for this at the end of the day!” a joking Stewart said after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race with a daring outside pass of second-place finisher Juan Pablo Montoya.
Even if his car is shot, it was worth it. Stewart had gone 30 Sprint Cup races without a victory, dating to the July event in Daytona. This gave his organization, which includes race teams for drivers Ryan Newman and Danica Patrick, a shot of confidence that was needed.
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“There have been a lot of dejected, depressed guys,” Stewart said. “We want them depressed and dejected (over a losing streak), but they don’t have their heads down. They fought for a solution.”
Stewart was helped by a penalty assessed against series leader Jimmie Johnson, who pulled ahead of Montoya before that was allowable off a restart with 19 laps left. Johnson had to move to the back of the field and finished 17th.
“I totally disagree with the call, but it is what it is,” a fuming Johnson said.
Montoya held off third-place Jeff Gordon. Kyle Busch was fourth and defending series champion Brad Keselowski crossed the finish line fifth. But Keselowski’s Ford failed postrace inspection, as NASCAR officials found the car’s front end to be sitting too low. It is likely NASCAR will assess penalties to Keselowski this week.
Greg Biffle of Vancouver, Wash., was 15th and Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw was 23rd of 43.
• Simon Pagenaud survived a virtual demolition derby, winning a crash-filled Detroit Grand Prix for his first IndyCar Series victory. The Frenchman finished 5.6 seconds in front of James Jakes in the second of two weekend races on the 2.36-mile Belle Isle street course.
“We had more horsepower than anybody else out there,” Pagenaud said.
• Shawn Langdon won at the NHRA Summernationals for his third Top Fuel victory of the season.
Other winners at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., were Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) and Michael Ray (Pro Stock Motorcycle).