Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch battled for the lead after a restart with two laps left in Sunday’s race before Kyle Busch—on four fresh tires to two each for Stewart and Busch—stormed to the race win.
Nevertheless, it was a gratifying day for Stewart, who finished fifth.
“(Crew chief) Chad (Johnston) did an awesome job all weekend, and our team did, too,” said the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, who finished fourth last week at Bristol. “We had some bad pit stops at the beginning, but at the end, when we needed it, the guys did a great job on pit road.
“We had problem early in the day (Stewart spun on Lap 57) and then just kept battling back. About the last 50 laps we finally got the car pretty decent there. We just didn’t have the track position to go with it. It was sketchy not knowing what was going to happen with two versus four (tires), but I was glad Chad made the right call again two weeks in a row.”