NASCAR All Star Race 2009
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Tony Stewart won his first race as a team owner
Saturday night, breaking through for a $1 million payday with a victory in
the annual All-Star race.
Stewart passed Matt Kenseth with two laps to go of a thrilling final 10-lap
shootout to win his first All-Star event in 11 previous starts. It was the
first victory since he left Joe Gibbs Racing at the end of last year, after
two championships and 10 successful seasons, to become co-owner of
In just six months, Smoke has turned his new toy into a championship
contender. It was the first win for the organization, which was known as
Haas CNC Racing for its first seven seasons.
The win at Lowe's Motor Speedway was in front of co-owner Gene Haas, who
was at the track for the first time since the completion of a 16-month
federal prison term for tax fraud.
"Man, he's not going to miss a week now," Stewart said. "He gets here and
we win a race."
Stewart became the second driver/owner to win the All-Star race, joining
Geoff Bodine, who won in 1994.
His crew urged him to the climb the fence in celebration — a tradition he
started several years ago — but the driver who turns 38 next week
His crew climbed for him.
Kenseth finished second and was followed by Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin and
The format of the Sprint-sponsored event was once again changed, this time
to cut the 100-lap race into four segments that culminated with a 10-lap
sprint to the finish. It was a nod to races past, which had a history of
dramatic dash-for-the-cash finishes.
It didn't disappoint.
NASCAR All Star Pit Crew Finals 2007
The finals for the pit crew challenge at the Bobcat Arena in Charlotte
North Carolina. Ryan Newman's Alletl Team vs. Bobby Labonte's Cherios team.
BTW, Bobby Labonte was supporting his team by driving the car.