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Pepsi 400 - Daytona International Speedway

Two in a Row for Tony in Pepsi 400 at Daytona
Tony Stewart won his second consecutive Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night, scoring his 26th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 265th career start. Stewart is now 21st on NASCAR’s all-time winners list - tied with Fred Lorenzen. Stewart celebrated his win by climbing the fence at the flag stand, grabbing the checkered flag and diving into the crowd, which created a mosh-pit type environment in the stands. The two-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion is back on his game after recovering from a broken shoulder which slowed him down in recent weeks. Stewart roared to the front in a two-lap shootout after an accident knocked three Jack Roush Fords and Jeff Gordon from contention. Stewart was actually the dominant car for the night but Gordon and several others gave the Home Depot driver a run for his money before the checkered flag fell on the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Stewart led six times for 86 laps, including the final three in the Pepsi 400, leading the most laps for the fourth time in 2006. He has led the most laps in four of the last six restrictor-plate races. A couple of cautions late in the race bunched the field tight to set the stage for another exciting finish. The first involved Petty Enterprises driver Bobby Labonte and current points leader Jimmie Johnson. Johnson and Labonte locked together while running fourth and fifth late in the race but managed to keep their cars on the fence. The accident eliminated both drivers from contention. Gordon provided Stewart his stiffest and most consistent competition before getting caught up in the accident that took out Greg Biffle, Mark Martin and Carl Edwards. The accident prevented any of the Roush trio from contending at the end, as well as Gordon. Trailing Stewart was Kyle Busch, the younger of the Busch Boys, who was just ahead of brother Kurt. Pole winner Boris Said was fourth and Matt Kenseth fifth. Said, the accomplished road racer, was leading when the race restarted but drifted back to fourth at the finish. This was by far Said's career-best finish on a race track other than a road course, easily besting his previous top finish of 27th. Rounding out the top 10 were Elliott Sadler, Casey Mears, Jamie McMurray, Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer.

Pepsi 400 Notes
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· Final Practice
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· Practice 1
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· Qualifying Order
· Entry List
· Race Notes
· Weekend Schedule
· WIX Filters Advance
· MRN Notes
· Raybestos Rookie Notes
· Kertus Davis Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· Mark Martin Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Jeff Gordon Notes
· Greg Biffle Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes
· Carl Edwards Notes
· Kurt Busch Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Clint Bowyer Notes
· Brian Vickers Notes
· Reed Sorenson Notes
· Dale Jarrett Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes
· Jeff Green Notes
· Joe Nemechek Notes
· Robby Gordon Notes
· Jeremy Mayfield Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes
· Sterling Marlin Notes
· Michael Waltrip Notes
· David Stremme Notes

Road Course Ace Said Wins Pole at Daytona
Boris Said won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Pepsi 400, lapping Daytona International Speedway in 48.350 seconds, at an average speed of 186.143 mph. This is Said’s first Bud Pole and second top-10 start in three NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races at Daytona, as well as his second career Bud Pole in only 23 NEXTEL Cup Series races. It is Said’s best-ever qualifying effort on a track that is not on a road course. His previous best oval-track start was fourth in this race in 2005. He has only one other start of better than 26th in 11 oval-track races: 12th at Talladega in May 2005. This is the fourth Bud Pole for Ford in 2006, Dodge has eight Bud Poles and Chevrolet has four. Tony Stewart posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 48.478 seconds, at an average speed of 185.651 mph – and will join Said on the front row for the Pepsi 400 tomorrow night. Stewart posted his 10th top-10 start in 16 races at Daytona. David Stremme qualified in the third position, his best start in 20 career races. Last week’s winner at Sonoma, Jeff Gordon will start from the fourth spot, posting his 17th top-10 start in 28 races at Daytona, including third in his career-first attempt here. He has three Bud Poles at Daytona – two in this event. Joe Nemechek rounds out the top-five positions in the starting lineup, his fifth top-10 start in 25 races at Daytona – all in the July race.


 

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