Tony Stewart rolls the dice and loses at New Hampshire

LOUDON, NH - JULY 14: Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobil 1 Chevrolet, and his crew push his car off of pit road after losing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 14, 2013 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

LOUDON, NH – JULY 14: Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobil 1 Chevrolet, and his crew push his car off of pit road after losing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 14, 2013 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

He almost had it won.  Three time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart and his Stewart-Haas Racing team took a late race gamble in Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

That gamble didn’t go their way.

Stewart started the day 16th and for the first part of Sunday’s race remained relatively quiet.  Just past the 100 lap mark however the three time New Hampshire winner was making his way towards the front.

He took the lead on lap 204 after a round of pit stops during a caution period. From that point, it looked as though Stewart was in line for his fourth New Hampshire  win. The gamble came during another caution period on lap 220. While most of those behind him ducked in for tires and fuel, Stewart stayed out. At a track notorious for hard passing, the move seemed to be a good one. All Stewart had to do was stretch his fuel out for the remaining 81 laps for a total of 96 overall. MORE>>>

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