Stewart Wins First Nationwide Series Event
Polesitter Tony Stewart repelled a strong challenge from teammate Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win the Camping World 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. Stewart surged to the lead on Lap 117 of 120 and stayed there as the rest of the field diced for position behind him. On the final lap, Busch blocked Earnhardt's last-ditch attempt to improve his position and all but assured the victory for Stewart, who crossed the finish line .259 seconds ahead of Busch, with Earnhardt .412 seconds back.
Tony Stewart Captures Daytona Nationwide Pole
Tony Stewart "smoked" the field to capture the Coors Light Pole Award for Saturday's Camping World 300 presented by Chevrolet at the Daytona International Speedway. Stewart clocked in a lap of 49.741 seconds, at an average speed of 180.937 mph, to win the first NASCAR Nationwide Series pole. This is Stewart’s fifth pole position in 78 career Nationwide Series starts and his first pole in eight races at Daytona. Clint Bowyer posted the second-fastest lap at 49.972 seconds, at an average speed of 180.101 mph, and will join Stewart on the front row. This is Bowyer’s sixth top-10 start in seven Daytona races. Jason Leffler will start third, posting his fifth top-10 start in nine Daytona races. Dario Franchitti (fourth) was the fastest qualifying rookie while Bobby Labonte (eighth) was the fastest of the driver required to make the on time.