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NASCAR: Tony Stewart charges to victory at Daytona

Published July 7, 2012 11:52 pm
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Daytona Beach, Fla. • Tony Stewart made his way through the entire field Saturday night and won the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

When his time was disallowed after qualifying second on Friday, Stewart started 42nd on Saturday. And after passing pole-winner Matt Kenseth on the backstretch of the final lap of the race, he won for the third time this season.

"I don't remember what happened on that last lap," said Stewart, last season's Sprint Cup champion. "It was just a weird day. Anytime you win at Daytona, it's special."

Jeff Burton finished second and points-leader Kenseth was third as a multi-car wreck broke out behind the leaders as they crossed the finish line.

The early portions of the race belonged to Kenseth — the Daytona 500 champ from earlier this season — and Greg Biffle. Kenseth led until the first green-flag pit stops. Biffle took over after that, leading Kenseth and a tightly bunched field for 35 laps until Lap 82.

"It was disappointing," said Kenseth. "I think we had the best car and didn't win."




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