Tony Stewart scores popular and emotional win at Sonoma

Tony Stewart celebrates in victory lane Sunday at Sonoma Raceway
Tony Stewart celebrates in victory lane Sunday at Sonoma  Raceway
Tony Stewart celebrates in victory lane Sunday at Sonoma Raceway

Tony Stewart used a last lap, last turn move on Denny Hamlin at Sonoma Raceway Sunday to score a popular and emotional win, his first in 84 races.  Stewart who missed the first nine races of the season due to a preseason injury took the lead thanks to a fortuitous pit call late in the race and in his final full time season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series is now in a position to make the season ending championship Chase.

“We ran close to those guys all day,” Stewart said. “We just got stuck back in traffic. It’s pretty ironic the last one we got was in a Code 3 car and I’m proud to do it again.”

“Especially at a place you’re going to for the last time,” he added. “it means a bunch. It’s special, trust me.”

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