DAYTONA, FL – Tony Stewart, No. 14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet, scored his fourth victory and 13th top-10 finish in 28 races at Daytona International Speedway with a thrilling move in the final laps to take the win. All of his career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) points wins have come at the Coke Zero 400, which runs every July. It is his 18th victory all-time at Daytona International Speedway, second-most all-time to Dale Earnhardt. The win almost assures the Stewart-Haas driver another spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and a shot to repeat as NSCS champion. With his 47th career NSCS victory tonight, he moves up four positions to fifth in the overall point standings through 18 races so far in 2012.
Jeff Burton, No. 31 Wheaties Chevrolet came home with his best finish in 2012 with a runner-up spot behind Stewart. It was Burton’s 11th top-10 finish in 38 races at Daytona International Speedway.
Fellow Stewart-Haas teammate Ryan Newman also posted a top-five finish as he brought his No. 39 Aspen Dental Chevrolet home in fifth place giving Chevrolet three of the top-five spots in the 160-lap race. Pole sitter, Matt Kenseth (Ford) and Joey Logano (Toyota) rounded out the top-five by finishing third and fourth respectively.
Hendrick Motorsports driver Kasey Kahne looked to have a shot at the win late and gave Stewart a final shove to the lead until making contact with another car. He was able to bring his No. 5 Hendrickcars.com Chevrolet home in seventh position. Kasey dropped two positions to 16th in the point standings.
Other Team Chevrolet finishers were:
David Reutimann, No. 10 CarportEmpire.com/TMone.com/Call Centers Chevrolet was 11th
Jeff Gordon, No. 24 PepsiMax Chevrolet was 12th
Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/NRA Museum Chevrolet was 13th
Paul Menard, No. 27 Quaker State/Menards Chevrolet was 14th
Dale Earnhardt Jr, No. 88 National Guard/An American Salute/Diet Mtn. Dew Chevrolet, was 15th
Dave Blaney, No. 36 Golden Corral Chevrolet, was 22nd
Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Budweiser Folds of Honor Chevrolet was 23rd
Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet was 28th
Regan Smith, No. 78 Furniture Row/Farm American Chevrolet was 34th
Kurt Busch, No. 51 Phoenix Construction Chevrolet was 35th
Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet was 36th
Bill Elliott, No. 50 Walmart Chevrolet was 37th.
The series travels next to New Hampshire Motor Speedway and will race on Sunday, July 15th.