Smokin’ Vegas: NASCAR Star Tony Stewart Triumphant at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Defending Champ Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Claims Nationwide Race
Sin City was smOking this past weekend.
Displaying Oakley Motorsports prominence to the full effect, Tony “Smoke” Stewart emerged with a resounding victory at the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, passing Jimmie Johnson on a late restart to triumph in the Nevada desert.
With 34 laps left in the race, and around turn 4 to the start/finish line, Smoke dazzled fans far and wide with a daring charge – powering up behind Brad Keselowski and timing it just right to dip below him on the apron. It was cruise control from there – as he pulled away on three restarts over the final 17 laps.
“We had to wait 365 days for a shot at it again,” Tony said, rocking his Oakley eyewear in Victory Lane (and his Oakley racing base layer, racing boots and racing gloves in during the race). “I might not have been so mad on the airplane had I known I was going to win a year later.”
His outing in Las Vegas the previous year was less-than-ideal – leading to well-publicized team drama. But this year was different.
The result was his sixth triumph in his last 13 Sprint Cup races – and first in Sin City.
“We almost got too good a restart because I got such a good run on Brad, I almost got there too quick,” Smoke said. “If we’d have got there a foot earlier, we’d have had to check up and probably wouldn’t get a run and get underneath him like that.”
Defending NATIONWIDE Champ, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Claims Victory
The defending Sprint Cup Champion wasn’t the only Oakley Speed Demon to find glory in Vegas.
O’s NASCAR Nationwide defending Champion, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., was clearly in top form as well, pulling away from Mark Martin on the final restart to claim his third Nationwide career victory and his first in Las Vegas.
“The guys on pit road did an awesome job of getting us out first,” Ricky said of his last restart, sporting his Oakley eyewear. “I definitely think we had the car to beat.”
The final restart came with 39 laps to go – and Ricky pounced, leaving Martin and the remainder of the field in his track dust.
Congratulations to Smoke and Ricky for their dominant weekend in Las Vegas!