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    A look back at Tony Stewart's 31st career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series win in Sunday's Allstate 400 at The Brickyard including news, notes and observations by the RacingOne Staff.

    Inside Line
    Tony Stewart scored his second win in the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and second straight NEXTEL Cup Series victory Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

    Keys to Victory Lane
    Stewart passed Kevin Harvick on lap 151 after a late race battle for the top spot and then cruised to victory lane.

    Zero to Hero
    On the heels of Toyota's first win in the Busch Series, Dave Blaney started 27th and raced to his first top 10 of the year in his No. 22 Toyota. Clint Bowyer finished 13th after having to start at the rear of the field sue to an engine change. Plus give a call out to Ward Burton who brought home the under funded No. 4 Chevrolet to a 14th-place finish after starting 40th.

    Hero to Zero
    The Penske Dodge of Ryan Newman and the Evernham Dodge of Kasey Kahne both started inside of the top five and went out early after accidents gave them respective finishes of 42nd and 40th.

    Rookie of the Race
    From the green flag to the checkered, few drivers (nevermind rookies) could keep pace with Juan Pablo Montoya, who took top rookie of the race honors for the ninth time this season with his runner-up result.

    Notables
    Matt Kenseth started 31st and finished 10th, plus Martin Truex Jr. battled back from two excessive speed penalties while exiting pits to finish 12th. Dale Jr. also led his first laps (33) at Indy since 2002, but fell out of the race with engine troubles on lap 136.










    Allstate 400 Loop Data Leaders
  • Average Running Position: Tony Stewart - 2.413
  • Fastest Early In a Run: Tony Stewart - 172.269 mph
  • Fastest Late In a Run: Kyle Busch - 168.346 mph
  • Fastest in Turn 1: Tony Stewart - 159.868 mph
  • Fastest in Turn 2: Tony Stewart - 161.158 mph
  • Fastest in Turn 3: Tony Stewart - 162.311 mph
  • Fastest in Turn 4: Tony Stewart - 161.932 mph
  • Fastest Laps Run: Tony Stewart - 45
  • Fastest on Restarts: Tony Stewart - 170.913 mph
  • Most Passes During Green Flag Conditions: Martin Truex Jr. - 61

    Pit Stops
  • Tony Stewart captured his 31st career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series win in his 304th start. Detailed Active Driver Wins
  • Stewart won the 57th race for car owner Joe Gibbs. Detailed Active Car Owner Wins
  • Stewart became the first driver to win at The Brickyard from the 14th position. He also became the 24th driver overall to win a race from that position. Starting Position Facts
  • Stewart led seven times for 65 laps. Lap Summary
  • Stewart won the 16th race of the season for Chevrolet. It was also the 612th overall win for the manufacturer. All-Time Manufacturer Wins
  • Juan Pablo Montoya had his best NEXTEL Cup finish on an oval with his second place result.
  • Jeff Gordon extended his lead in the NEXTEL Cup Series championship to 371 points with his third place showing.
  • Kyle Busch now has an average finish of 7.33, including his fourth top-10 result Sunday, since it was announced he would not return to Hendrick Motorsports in 2008.
  • Reed Sorenson picked up only his third career top-five finish in his 58 race NEXTEL Cup Series career.
  • Mark Martin's sixth place result keeps him inside the top 20 in the championship standings despite skipping five races this season.
  • Kevin Harvick now has five top-10 finishes in seven visits to IMS.
  • Jeff Burton scored only his third top-10 finish at Indianapolis in 14 career starts.
  • Dave Blaney recorded Toyota's fourth top-10 finish in NEXTEL Cup competition with his ninth place result.
  • Matt Kenseth (10th) was the best finishing Ford driver on Sunday.
  • The 160-lap race saw 14 lead changes among six drivers and an average speed of 117.379 mph.
  • Nine caution flags were thrown for 43 laps.
  • The Allstate 400 at The Brickyard lasted 3 hours, 24 minutes, 28 seconds.

    Lug Nuts
  • Stewart wins, scores maximum points and then goes and says a bad word in his post-race interview. A point penalty and fine should be waiting for him on Tuesday.
  • Changing the noses on the Dodge Charger is not going to solve the problems at Evernham Motorsports. Evernham's week went from bad to worse after his personal life was discussed in the media and then followed by watching all three of his cars crash Sunday.
  • Talk about cruise control to victory, Tony Stewart was able to take his hands off the wheel to drink some water while racing down the front stretch with six laps to go.
  • Jimmie Johnson sometimes gets cracks on his "perfectly manicured eyebrows" including from Jay Mohr at the awards banquet. But after today's fire they are less than "perfectly manicured." Thankfully he's ok after the fiery crash.
  • One Indiana boy was celebrating Sunday but two others - Ryan Newman and Tony Raines - didn't have a very good homecoming weekend.

    Garage Talk
  • "A little late to be concerned about it now, isn't it? It pretty much is what it is.
    Whatever happens, they still can't take this trophy away from me today. Whatever happens, happens." -Tony Stewart on his language use after his victory
  • "Juan, you know, was definitely strong there at the end. Not bad for a rookie (laughter)." -Jeff Gordon on Juan Pablo Montoya’s runner-up finish
  • "I went by him so fast on the outside that it got him loose and made him mad. So he said ‘I figured if I was going, I’d take you with me.’ That’s what he said to me. I guess he’s having a bad day. It’s a frustrating sport and neither one of us want to be racing in the race like this today. " -Tony Raines on what Kasey Kahne told him after their incident
  • "We continue to beat ourselves. That’s one thing we’ve got to fix." -Brian Vickers
  • "It’s disappointing. Twenty-seventh is bad, but it’s not terrible. That was a season worth of pit stops in one race. For that car to run around here and even finish 27th is amazing." -Robby Gordon
  • "That was way better than we could do. We had probably a 25th-place car and finished 10th with it, so, somehow, we were able to steal some spots and finish it but we ran just terrible. We’ve got to get our car a lot better." -Matt Kenseth

    RacingOne Rating
    On a scale of 1 to 10 bricks, we'll give Sunday's Brickyard 400 a solid eight. Too man crashes and caution flags in the early going, but things finally settled down in the second half and a great race unfolded. A thrilling battle for the lead, Montoya's stirring finish and in the end another home state guy scoring a win at the Brickyard. One of the better visits to Indy for the stock car boys. Now it's back to Pocono, believe it or not, for next week's Pennsylvania 500.

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