Auto Club 400: NASCAR Star Tony Stewart Claims Victory at Rain-Shortened Fontana Stop, Tallies 46 Wins to Tie Buck Baker on All-Time List


It rarely rains in Southern California.

Despite a rare soaking scene this past weekend at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Oakley’s NASCAR Star and defending champion, Tony Stewart, claimed victory at the shortened Auto Club 400 after finishing the 129 out of 200 laps in first place.

The result tallied his second win of the year, placing him in a solid position to mount a title defense.

“I’m just really excited obviously,” Tony said, rocking his Oakley eyewear, base layer, racing boots and racing gloves. “You hate to have it end with the rain. I’ve lost some that way. We never backed into the lead. We were in the lead and didn’t back into that spot. I was proud of our day.”

With Tony starting at a No. 9 position, Kyle Busch lead for 80 laps, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. But it was “Smoke” who’d seize control for 42 laps, and at the end, when it counted.

“The bigger the track, the more opportunities you have to get cars strung out, but we spent a lot of (Saturday) working on the high side and I thought that’s where our car was our strongest,” he continued. “When you get a car that was so balanced you get moved around. We could do that today. We could move lines. We had the flexibility.”

O’s speed demon, tallying his 46th win, also tied NASCAR legend Buck Baker for 14th on the all-time list. Even better: He now has claimed 13 races as an owner/driver – matching Baker and Junior Johnson for sixth all time.

To top it all off, he’s now emerged victorious in seven of the last 15 Sprint Cup series races.

A huge Congrats to Smoke on his victory and his charge into the history books – as he continues to write his own legend.


Andrew De Lara


March 28, 2012

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