Stewart Survives to Triumph at Talladega
Tony Stewart survived a couple of huge wrecks and a record number of leaders to win the AMP Energy 500 here Sunday at a track that produces excitement by the barrel.
Stewart held off hard-charging rookie Regan Smith, who made a last-lap daredevil pass below the yellow line in trying to beat the two-time champion.
NASCAR rules prohibit passing below the yellow line that separates the racing track from the apron.
It was Stewart's first win ever at Talladega Superspeedway and came at the end of a wham-bam day in which many of the top contenders were knocked from contention in a wild and wooly wreck just 14 laps from the end.
Kvapil Takes Talladega Pole Position
Travis Kvapil won the Coors Light Pole Award for the AMP Energy 500 with a lap of 51.109 seconds,
187.364 mph. This is his first pole in 100 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2008. This is his first pole in five races at Talladega Superspeedway. Casey Mears (second) posted his fifth top-10 start of 2008 and his fourth in 12 races at Talladega
Superspeedway. Aric Almirola (third) posted his first top-10 start at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his third in 10 races
this season. Regan Smith (fourth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
NASCAR Newscast: Chase for the Sprint Cup - Week 4 Review
In a race with a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series all-time record of 28 leaders, Tony Stewart won his first race of the season at Talladega Superspeedway. Hear from Stewart, runner-up Paul Menard and Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup point leader Jimmie Johnson.
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