Fontana, CA (Sports Network) - Defending Sprint Cup Series champion Tony
Stewart picked up his second win of the season with a lot of help from Mother
Nature on Sunday at Auto Club Speedway.
With showers on the way to the two-mile Southern California racetrack, Stewart
passed Kyle Busch on lap 86 of the scheduled 400-mile race. He held it when
the rain arrived on lap 123, forcing the first and only caution.
During the caution, Stewart appeared to be making a pit stop along with all of
the other frontrunners, but Stewart faked second-place Denny Hamlin at the
last second and veered back onto the track. Hamlin, the pole sitter, passed
the commitment line on pit road and was forced to stop, as did Jimmie Johnson,
Matt Kenseth and Mark Martin. Kyle Busch also decided not to pit and moved
into the second position.
The rain intensified shortly after, prompting NASCAR officials to halt the
Auto Club 400 after 129 laps were completed. Officials then called it 30
Stewart won five of the last 10 races last year to claim his third title in
the series. He won at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the first time earlier this
Busch finished second, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, who won
this race one year ago, and Carl Edwards.
Sixth through 10th were: Greg Biffle, Ryan Newman, Martin Truex Jr., Kurt
Busch and Johnson, who holds the track record with five wins.
Martin, Hamlin and Kenseth placed 11th through 13th, respectively.
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