Chasing: NASCAR Star Tony Stewart Takes Third Chase Win in Martinsville

2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Martinsville

Tony Stewart is on a mission.

Oakley’s Star NASCAR Driver brilliantly passed Jimmie Johnson after a restart with three laps to go to claim his third ‘NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup’ race at the Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

Putting a dent in Chase leader Carl Edward’s path to a championship, Tony powered his way to within single digits of Edwards in standings.

“He’d better be worried, that’s all I can say,” Tony said, rocking his Oakley eyewear and racing gear. “He’s not going to have an easy three weeks.”

At about the halfway point during the race, the two drivers were at the tail end of the pack – at 24th and 21st. But nine caution flags, spinouts and crashes, Tony found his way to the front – after fighting through caution flags between laps 361 and 408.

A flat tire forced him back after taking the lead – but the NASCAR veteran kept charging, finding his way back to the front with 40 laps left.

Then the tension began to rise…big time.

Johnson lead the field back to green with three laps remaining. But with just under two laps to go, Tony made his charge, passing him up to claim his 42nd overall Sprint Cup victory.

With only three races left at Texas Motor Speedway, Phoenix International Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway, it’s any one of the leaders’ Championship to take.

Stay tuned in as Tony engages in a vicious war for the Sprint Cup!


Andrew De Lara


October 31, 2011

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