Stewart Gambles on Tires and Wins at Kansas Speedway
In a race that saw a track record 26 lead changes, Tony Stewart grabbed his fourth victory of the season at Kansas Speedway Sunday during the Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods.
There were 14 different leaders throughout the race, and Stewart credited his Crew Chief Darian Grubb’s two-tire gamble down the stretch as the difference.
“He’s like that. He’s a little gutsy. That’s a good thing. When he makes a call you know it’s the right thing to do and you go from there,” said Stewart.
Second-place finisher Jeff Gordon provided his own bit of drama, serving as a constant reminder in Stewart’s rear-view mirror.
“He was getting bigger,” Stewart said with a laugh. “But the big thing was just not driving the tires off the thing.”
Stewart’s victory in the Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods marked his second victory at Kansas Speedway, and his team knows that today’s finish has significantly improved his chances at capturing The Chase.
“That’s about half of where we were, so we still got a shot,” he said. “We’ve got a great shot at this still.”
Shot or no shot, Stewart was quick to alert bystanders of what his trip to Victory Lane really means.
“The first thing it means is that I’m going to be late to Knoxville, Iowa , tonight to run a dirt Late Model,” he said. “But I’ve got to thank the fans. It’s just an awesome day.”